We were expecting some fireworks from ultrabooks touting Intel’s newfangled processors at Samsung Electronics Philippines‘ launching pad for its 2012 IT products. What we didn’t expect is to be caught off guard into full-on sticker shock by an ultrabook-type Samsung Series 5 Slim with a P29,900 suggested retail price.
The catch: This one’s humming its brand of computing to the tune of a-way-less-expensive-than-the-competition AMD Trinity A6-4455 dual-core APU [accelerated processing unit]—running at 2.1GHz—with a Radeon HD 7500G graphics chip and 4GB of DDR3 RAM in tow.
And to drive production costs down further, Samsung threw the idea of sticking to a traditional, mechanical hard drive (with a 500GB capacity, we reckon) to its engineers, and put the idea of having an integrated optical-disc drive into the waste bin.
The Samsung Series 5 Slim features a 13.3-inch screen and is available in pop pink and mocha white. It has one LAN,one HDMI, and three USB ports; a multi-card reader; and a headphone jack. The chassis is basically the same one the Korean titan used in its ultrabooks.
This Series 5 Slim variant’s hardware combination shows much general-purpose computing and mid-end gaming potential. At the very least, it shows a lot of mercy to the cash-weary.
Looks as though our aspirations for a laptop that’s as affordable as it is powerful, thin, and light are still very much alive and kicking.
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