Samsung packs full-voltage CPU/GPU into a slim touch-screen laptop

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Samsung Series 7 Chronos

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With all the emphasis on the super-slim laptops like ultrabooks and ultrabook, less often heard lately about heavier laptops with high-power CPUs and discrete graphics cards. Samsung is a rare exception, with a new Series 7 Chronos laptop join the Series 7 version Ultrabook thinner, both announced just before CES 2013.

Samsung calls the Series 7 Chronos a media center, with quad-core Intel Core i-series CPUs, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage, plus discrete graphics AMD Radeon HD 8870. The 15.6 inch screen has a full 1920 x1, 080 resolution, which is what is expected of a modern multimedia notebook.

The screen is also a touch screen, something that is increasingly common in laptops Windows 8, but is most often seen in super-slim laptops ultrabooks than 15 inches in size medium.

The Series 7 Chronos is only slightly thicker than a comparable ultrabook at 20.9mm, but is also a bit on the heavy side, weighing 5.2 lbs. In comparison, another new portable Samsung CES, the 13-inch Ultrabook Series 7 is 18.9 mm thick and weighs 3.6 lbs. Keep the classroom environment-of-ultrabook, the Series 7 Chronos has an optical drive, which is a common feature omission in small laptops, but there is something we are still getting used to the 15-inch models.

We do not have a release date or price for the Series 7 Chronos yet, but it’s pretty basic and does not look like the type of product you have to wait long for.

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