Samsung Super Skinny 9 Series Calls MBA Chubby!

It’s time that the super model skinny Macbook Air started to check what it’s eating as Samsung has brought their new 9 series to the party.

The 9 series is a 13.3-inch notebook made from a sci-fi sounding material called Duralumin which makes it “featherweight”.

Measuring 16.3mm thick and weighing just 1.31kg the ZX310 (as it’ll be known outside the US – sounds like a Sinclair machine to me) squares up to the new MacBook Air‘s vital stats of 17mm at its thickest, and tipping the balance at 1.3kg.

The SuperBright Plus 1366×768 res screen is LED backlit, with 400 nit brightness and is all running with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 or i7 processor in the engineroom being partnered by up to 8GB of RAM.

You get a 12 second boot time thanks to Samsung’s Fast Start instant-on and a battery that will last up to “three times longer than a typical notebook battery” – I’ve heard that figure is 6 hours.

There’s a choice of either a 128GB or 256GB SSD on board, and you’ve also get a 1.3-megapixel webcam on the front. For audio they’ve squeezed in 3 watt (1.5W x 2) stereo speakers and 1.5 watt sub-woofer.

Connection-wise it’s equipped with USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and built-in WiMax.

All that niceness costs in the region of $1,599 and should be purchasable from February.

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