Samsung's new laptops--new Intel processors, plus a thin surprise

A look at Samsung's laptop announcements from CES 2011, including the 9 Series 13-incher.

The Samsung RV511.
The Samsung RV511. Samsung

LAS VEGAS--Samsung announced three laptops of note at CES 2011, all of them featuring Intel's new Sandy Bridge 2nd-gen Core processors. One aims at the executive market, while the others focus at the high and low end of average consumer laptops.

The RV511 is a thin and very affordable $599 multimedia budget laptop, featuring a Core i3-380M CPU, 15.6-inch display, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

The RC512 is Samsung's high-end 15-inch offering. At $1149, it packs a Core i7-2630M CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT430 graphics, 6GB DDR3 RAM, a 750GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray playing drive. It looks like a heady competitor to the Sony Vaio F series.

Last but not least, the 9 series is a bold, 13-inch laptop with a 2nd-gen Intel Core i5 processor that claims it's the thinnest in the world. A striking metal design and integrated stereo speakers and subwoofer come with a high price of $1599.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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