Samsung Launches Series 5 Ultrabooks in South Korea, UK Launch Due Early Next Year

Samsung has announced its latest entry into the Ultrabook market, the Samsung Series 5, which it hopes to launch in South Korea at the end of this month with world-wide availability in early 2012.

Based around an Apple-like aluminium chassis, the Series 5 will be available in 13.3-inch and 14-inch editions with thickness measuring 14.9mm and 20.9mm respectively, putting them slightly on the pudgier end of the current crop of Ultraboks - but still remarkably thin compared to a traditional laptop.

Although the company is using an Intel processor - as required in order to call the device an Ultrabook - it is thus far silent on precisely which model, although a choice of Core i5 or Core i7 seems likely.

Buyers will be able to choose either a 128GB solid-state drive or a 500GB or 1TB magnetic hard drive for storage, while all models are expected to include an 8GB SSD configured for ExpressCache use to speed up boot and access times.

The 14-inch model, in addition to the larger screen, also packs an AMD Radeon HD 7550M graphics processing unit and an in-built optical drive, while the 13.3-inch makes do with the graphics acceleration built into the Intel processor and no optical drive.

All models include Wi-Fi connectivity, a front-facing webcam, two high-speed USB 3.0 ports, and VGA and HDMI video output. UK pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.