Series 9 notebooks have launched in South Korea, Samsung’s home country, and are expected to begin selling in the U.S. and other countries in March. Since the MacBook Air isn’t due for a refresh for another several months, the Samsung Series 9 may be your most portable, thinnest and lightest laptop option right now.
In many respects, the Samsung Series 9 is much like the MacBook Air, with a premium design and high-end price. The 9 Series has an MSRP of $1,599 compared to the $1,299 to $1,599 price (depending on storage capacity) of the MacBook Air – not a whole lot of difference.
For that price, the Samsung Series 9 gets you a slightly thinner and lighter notebook (0.64 inches thick versus the MacBook Air’s 0.68 inches; 2.89 pounds versus 2.9 pounds), more memory (4GB versus 2GB), and aircraft-grade Duralumin material (twice as strong as aluminum). It boots Windows in under 20 seconds, has 160-degree viewing angles, and otherwise seems tailored for premium laptop users who care about both form and function.
Because the specs and pricing are so close, deciding between the Series 9 and the MacBook Air may be a matter of OS preference, or, essentially, that age-old question: are you a Mac or a PC?
“Stylish,” “slim,” and “powerful” are words that seemingly were reserved for Apple notebooks and products in general. With the 9 Series launch, Samsung signals its determination to challenge Apple and other competitors for that high-end mobile market, with an ambitious plan to boost sales of global laptops by 80 percent this year, according to a recent Bloomberg report.
In other words, the thin laptop war and the era of MacBook Air rivals has officially begun – good news for laptop users all around.