While at CES 2013 Samsung announced plans for the release of a new 14-inch Ultrabook laptop computer with a touch-enabled display for $749 (starting) in the U.S. this February. The new Ultrabook is joining the Series 5 Ultrabook family of Samsung laptops. The Series 5 family is filled with mid-range laptops, but for 2013 Samsung is adding some more premium features like aluminum chassis, back-lit keyboards and of course touchscreens.
The touchscreen that comes with the Series 5 Ultrabook will feature multi-touch support and 1,366-by-768 pixels for users to work with. The touchscreen will be useful when start using the new Windows 8 operating system that will come pre-loaded on the machine. With the new user interface introduced with Windows 8 Microsoft has made using a touchscreen equipped Windows machine as easy as using a tablet. You can learn more about Windows 8 here at Microsoft.com.
The $749 model Samsung revealed this week features a Core i3 dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a hybrid storage drive with 500 GB of regular spinning drive storage matched with 24 GB of ExpressCache memory all in a single drive (Samsung’s ExpressCache technology allows you to experience faster boot-up times and applications launch times without spending a lot of money on an SSD equipped laptop). If you would like to get a faster processor and more RAM there will be an $899 model which has a Core i5 dual-core CPU and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
For non-U.S. customers you will have those two basic configurations available to you along with the option for a AMD Radeon HD 8750M (new mid-range performance GPU) discrete graphics card. All the U.S. models use integrated Intel HD graphics and at the moment there are no reports of a model coming with a discrete GPU. Discrete graphics offer improved performance over integrated solutions in tasks like PC gaming and HD video playback/editing.
Other features that every Series 5 Ultrabook will have include an optical disc drive (rare in Ultrabooks), USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, chiclet keyboard and a large touchpad.