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Samsung Series 9 laptop gets beefier chip and smaller, equally sexy siblings

Samsung's updated its Series 9 ultra-portable laptop, packing beefier components into the original 13-inch model, and adding two 11-inch machines to the range. Yay!

Samsung's updated its Series 9 ultra-portable laptop, packing beefier components into the original 13-inch model, and adding two 11-inch machines to the range.

The original Series 9 earned a five-star rating in our review, thanks to its beautiful, slim design and speedy processor, which more than made up for its eye-watering price tag.

The new 13-inch model offers a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor as standard, whereas the old Series 9 used a 1.4GHz Core i5 chip. Like the old model, the new Series 9 has 4GB RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive, but can be customised to include a 1.5GHz Core i7 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

The two 11-inch models both contain 1.3GHz Core i3 processors. The lower-end Series 9 has 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The higher-end version packs in 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

All the models will be wrapped up in that gorgeous duralumin casing, so they'll be lightweight but sturdy. We expect the new 13-inch model to achieve less than the 2 hours and 40 minutes of battery life we got from the old model, due to its more powerful processor. Hopefully, there won't be too much of a difference, though.

UK pricing and availability haven't been announced yet, but the lower-end 13-inch configuration is available in the US now for $1,349 (£840), while the top-end version costs $2,049 (£1,280). The low- and high-end 11-inch models will be available in the US in August for $1,049 (£650) and $1,249 (£775) respectively.

Hopefully the new Series 9 machines will make it to Blighty soon, and won't bear a massively inflated price tag. Keep it CNET UK for more updates.