Mashable | Charlie White
Before you rush out and buy that ultrathin MacBook Air, take a look at the Samsung Series 9 Notebook that will begin gracing store shelves starting Thursday.
You might remember this wispy little black number from CES 2011, where we briefly mentioned the Samsung Series 9 amid a flurry of product rollouts. Exciting? Yes, but talk is cheap, and now Samsung delivers this 13.3-inch laptop that’s lighter, thinner and packs a more up-to-date processor than a MacBook Air.
With all that miniaturization and speed, of course, there’s a price premium. The cheapest Samsung Series 9, packing an Intel 1.4 GHz Core i5-2537M processor (vs. the MacBook Air’s 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo), 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD is going to set you back $1,649, $50 more expensive than the highest-priced MacBook Air.
Well, this is a switch. Usually a comparable Mac is a lot more expensive than its Windows laptop counterparts. But look what happens when Samsung pays more attention to quality and shoehorns faster components inside a swoopy, impossibly-thin enclosure. Things start getting pricey.