The war on the dreaded screen bezel continues. Last month Gateway introduced a new computer that packed a 14 inch display into a laptop case that was the same size as a typical 13.3 inch notebook. Now Samsung is following suit.
The company has introduced its new line of Series 7 laptops with slim cases, brushed-aluminum finishes, and Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. The smallest member of the family is the new Samsung NP700Z3A-S01US which features a 14 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display in a case designed for a 13.3 inch notebook.
The computer will be available with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M processor, up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 750GB of hard disk space. There’s also 8GB of flash memory on the motherboard which helps provide fast startup times and an overall performance boost.
The Series 7 laptop has an AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card. It has a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and supports up to 9 hours of battery life. The notebook weighs 4.3 pounds.
The only down side? The 14 inch notebook has a suggested retail price of $1,099 which makes it more expensive than a netbook, MacBook Air, or an entry-level ultrabook (assuming ultrabooks hit Intel’s target price when they start to appear).
Samsung will also offer several Series 7 laptop models with 15.6 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel displays and Intel Core i7 chips.