Samsung recently introduced a line of Series 5 ultrabook thin and light computers with Intel Ivy Bridge processors and solid state disks. But what happens if you swap out the Intel CPU for an AMD part and use a hard drive instead of a solid state disk?

Apparently you can knock about $100 off the starting price, because the Samsung Series 5 NP530 with an Intel processor starts at $799.99, while you can pick up a Series 5 NP535 with an AMD chip for $698.99 and up.

You just can’t call the NP535 an ultrabook, because Intel owns the trademark on that word.

Samsung Series 5 NP535

The cheapest NP535 model features a 1.7 GHz AMD A6-445M Trinity processor with a TDP of about 17W. The notebook has a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

It features AMD Radeon HD 7500G graphics, stereo speakers, a 1.3MP webcam, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. There’s 1 USB3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, and an HDMI port. If you want to use a VGA cable you’ll need to get an adapter.

The notebook features a 45Whr battery.

The Samsung Series 5 NP535 measures 12.4″ x 8.6″ x 0.7″ and weighs 3.4 pounds.

Samsung’s Series 5 NP530 ultrabooks feature nearly identical specifications, but they have Intel Core i5 or faster Ivy Bridge processors, 24GB solid state cache drives to go with the hard drives, and Intel HD 4000 graphics.

The company also offers a model with a faster AMD processor (oddly, for just a dollar more), and a version with a speedier CPU and a larger 14 inch display for $849.99.

via Ultrabook News

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7 replies on “Samsung Series 5 NP535 not-an-ultrabook packs AMD Trinity CPU”

  1. please, someone get it right.

    it is possible to want a slim laptop (13″ + no ODD), and want some useful performance (25W + 4 cores + 384 shaders).

    samsung, sorti t out, and put the 25W 4655M in the 13″ ODD’less model!

  2. Take a good long look at the screen specs, a lot of differences from model to model…300 nits on some vs 200 nits on others.

    1. There also seems to be a 24GB ssd in the IvyBridge one. Or is it a partition devoted to the ExpressCache Technology?
      Will these ‘ultra’ ‘sleek’ laptops (books) have 11″6 little brothers?

  3. I hope Samsung’s quality has improved. I have one of their early quad core Core i7 Sandy Bridge laptops and it’s Windows Explorer is always crashing and restarting. Also, the USB 2 ports (which are on an Intel USB controller) are constantly dropping devices. Oddly, the USB 3 ports (which use a 3rd party controller, as Intel USB 3 controllers are only in Ivy Bridge chipsets) are rock solid. There are no updated drivers available besides the original ones.

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