Samsung will roll out a whole new line of laptops for the back-to-school season. The Samsung Series 3 line will include notebooks with screens ranging in size from 11.6 inches to 15.6 inches. Honestly, the largest laptops in the family bear little resemblance to the smallest in terms of design or features, but the gist I got after meeting with Samsung last night was that the Series 3 will be the company’s new mainstream line of laptops while specialized machines like the Series 5 Chromebook and the Series 9 premium ultraportable laptop continue to fill smaller niches.
I got a chance to check out the
12.1 12.5 inch model at an event in New York last night, and the little guy’s a looker. It will probably retail for around $749 and for that price you get a laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor, HDMI output, an SD card slot, a full sized island-style keyboard, 2GB of RAM, and Windows 7. A Core i5 processor option will also be available.
The laptop has a matte display, which is a rarity among consumer notebooks these days. But unfortunately it also has a battery that’s not user replaceable — which is becoming less and less rare. Larger laptops in the Series 3 line will have user replaceable batteries, but they’ll also have optical disc drives and much thicker cases.
The specs for this laptop haven’t been finalized yet, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on if you’re looking for a thin and light laptop that packs a little more punch than an Intel Atom powered netbook.
You can find some more hands-on photos after the break.
Update: It turns out this model actually has a 12.5 inch display rather than 12.1 inches.