So far ultrabooks have usually been in the 11-13” range, but Samsung has decided to defy convention by unveiling a 14” ultrabook (and seemingly stretching the definition of an ultrabook) alongside a 13” model under their Series 5 title, which so far has been reserved for Samsung’s Chrome OS-based Chromebook series.
Both models will be made out of aluminum, with the 13” measuring in at 14.9mm thick and weighing 1.4kg. It will feature an Intel Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and will sport a 500GB HDD as opposed to SSD options that are commonly found on ultrabooks. The 14” model will feature similar specs too, except instead of 500GB, it will feature a 1TB HDD instead.
It will weigh 1.8kg and will be 20.9mm thick and surprisingly will come with an optical drive. An odd move considering that optical drives tend to add a bit of thickness to the overall dimensions, but if you absolutely need the optical drive and don’t mind the extra weight or thickness, then the 14” Samsung Series 5 ultrabook ought to do the trick.
Both the 13” and 14” models are expected to launch in South Korea by the end of the month and will go for ₩1.49 million (~$1,300) and ₩1.54 million (~$1,345) respectively. No word on when they will be launched stateside, but we expect that these ultrabooks could be unveiled during CES 2012, so check back with us then for a possible international release date and pricing.
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