Samsung announces Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra

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Series_7_ULTRA_2-hero_verge_super_wideSamsung have been busy little beevers, announcing two Windows 8 optomized notebooks.

The Series 7 Ultra offers competitive specifications with Intel’s Ultrabook lineup, with a 13.3-inch (optionally touchscreen) 1080p display, a Core i5 or i7 processor, 1GB of AMD GPU HD8570 graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. For storage, you get 256GB from the SSD. Samsung promises it gets 8 hours of battery, and at just under 1.5kg, it looks like it could be killer in the space. It’s also 17.5mm thick with the regular model or 18.9mm thick for the touch model. LTE is another option, an attractive offer that shows Samsung really wants to compete with the Macbook Air market for portability, yet it doesn’t have a price or release date.

Meanwhile the Series 7 Chronos has a bigger footprint, with a 1TB harddrive, Radeon HD 8870 graphics card with 2GB of graphics memory, a quad core i7 processor as well as up to 16GB of RAM. It’s 20mm thick and weighs 2.3kg. Powering the 15.6 inch 1080p display, with an optional 10-point touchscreen, is an 11-hour battery. It’s big, bulky but for a specific purpose, it sounds competitive with similar laptops.

Both have Windows 8, although it’s unknown what version, Pro or Standard.

Samsung Australia’s spokesperson, as expected, sayd that “in 2013 Samsung is continuing its commitment to providing Australians with great productivity and creativity on the go with the new Series 7 PC range: Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra. Designed for portability and exceptional performance, both Series 7 notebooks allow consumers to create, share and view content when they need to. With Full HD touch screen displays, the Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra encourage users to intuitively connect and immerse themselves in all the intelligent features made available through the Windows 8 operating suite.”

Get your wallets out, because these look to be the best of the Windows 8 bunch, apart from a Mac.