Ahead of its appearance at CES 2013, Samsung unveiled two new additions to its Series 7 line of PCs: the Series 7 Chronos, and a new Series 7 Ultra. The goal of the Series 7 line, according to the company, is to offer a combination of mobility and fit for consumers’ lifestyles. David Song, Samsung Electronics’ senior vice president of IT and mobile communications, said the new PCs are indicative of the direction Samsung is taking its computers in 2013.
The Chronos offers a thinner and lighter form factor than past models, with a chassis less than an inch thick and weighing in at a shade over 5 pounds. It offers a new software called RAMaccelerator that can maximize performance and increase browsing and app speeds by 150 percent. The Intel Core i7 processor can hold up to 16GB of memory, and the machine can have up to 1TB of storage. Chronos has 10-finger touch capabilities so that the owner can interact directly with the screen as well as navigate by trackpad. The 15.6-inch screen has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and the laptop is supported by dedicated 2GB external graphics. You can also expect 11 hours of battery life.
The new Ultra is the first of its kind in Samsung’s Series 7 line. The owner can opt for an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of RAM. Like the Chronos, the Ultra can be equipped with ten-finger touch capability. The touch controls add an extra fraction to the computer’s weight and dimensions, with the bulkier model clocking in at 0.7 inches and 3.6 pounds. Chronos has full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution for the 13.3-inch screen. According to the press release, Chronos was designed as a multimedia powerhouse, with a wider and brighter display than previous Samsung Ultrabooks and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. It also has the option of 4G LTE connectivity for those who want extra mobile speed, and it will supply about eight hours of battery life for working on the go.