The Samsung Series 9 NP900 X3C will go on sale this Friday as part of the massive Ultrabook blitz that will accompany the official launch of Windows 8. It is currently on pre-order at Currys for £1200 and comes with a free update to Windows 8 Pro (according to the product page).
Such a high price suggests that the Series 9 must surely deliver a powerful punch, and to some extent, it does. Inside a thin and light body (13.2mm and 1.13kg), the Series 9 packs a powerful Core i7-3517U processor clocked at 1.9GHz with a 3GHz TurboBoost and 3MB cache.
There’s 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, a 128GB SSD, GbE, Bluetooth 4.0, a HD webcam, two USB ports, a card reader, a larger-than-average touch pad and a 13.3in 400nit Anti-Reflective display with a 1,600 x 900 resolution.
Compared to the Toshiba Z930 (which is slightly thicker and just as light), it is around a third more expensive and comes with 50 per cent less RAM. The flip side is that its screen can display 37 per cent more pixels and its processor is significantly faster. The laptop also comes with a 4-cell battery and an estimated battery life of up to 8.2 hours.