Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook boots up in Korea

Until now, the Samsung Series 5 moniker was reserved for its Chromebook offering, but the range has now been extended, in South Korea at least, to the latest laptop fad; the Ultrabook. The Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook PCs have just been announced over in Sammy's homeland, coming in two different sizes: a 13-inch model and a 14-inch one too.

Although we have our doubts as to whether the 14-incher meets the Intel official Ultrabook guidelines; it measures in at 20.9mm thick and weighs 1.8kg, a touch over the 20mm and 1.4kg criteria. The 13-inch one weighs in okay at 1.4kg and measuring 14.9mm thick though.

Ultrabook or not, we know that the models boast 1366 x 768 anti-reflective displays, have an Intel i5 chip powering things and can take up to 8GB of RAM. The storage options are a 128GB SSD or a 16GB SSD to go with either a 500GB or 1TB HDD. That may explain why the two Series 5 machines are slightly tubbier than your average Ultrabook.

Other features include an optical disc drive, AMD HD7550M graphics, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, VGA, HDMI and a boot from hibernation time of around 7 seconds. Samsung’s Fast Start also allows life from sleep mode in just 2 seconds.

The Samsung Series 5 will be available in South Korea by end of this month priced from £720 for the 13-inch model and £750 for the 14-incher. No word on a western world release as of yet but, as ever, we'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, why not check out our Ultrabook face off: Toshiba Portégé Z830 vs Acer Aspire S3 3951 vs Asus Zenbook UX31 vs Lenovo IdeaPad U300s vs Macbook Air