Is Samsung trying to out-Microsoft Microsoft? It might seem like that when you call your new ultra-slim notebook the X360. Sadly, it doesn’t play Xbox 360 games. Still, why not have a pop at Apple as well by describing the X360 as a "lighter than air notebook"…

Not a bad claim, especially as Samsung says it’s the lightest notebook in the 13.3-inch class, weighing just 1.27kg.

"Unlike the claims of some other ‘light’ notebooks, the X360 is fully featured without compromise, including 3 USB ports, a built-in HDMI connection, a 34mm express card slot and VGA output," Samsung’s press release says.

"For fast and easy transfer of documents, images, video or music it incorporates a highly flexible 7-in-1 memory card reader, Bluetooth 2.0+ Enhanced Data Rate and super-fast 802.11n wireless technology."

It is lacking an optical media drive, though, so those memory slots will come in handy.

It might be small, but it should keep you going even on a transatlatic flight, as Samsung claims the removable 6-cell battery offers up to 10 hours continuous use.

"Its efficient power consumption is supported by the use of Intel Centrino 2 Ultra Low Voltage processor technology and an innovative 13.3-inch WXGA 1280×800 LED screen, whose backlight technology consumes significantly less power, but delivers around 33 per cent improved brightness over a traditional LCD screen," the Samsung X360 love-in continues.

The X360 will be available from this month in European countries including UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and also in Russia, China and Hong Kong.

There’s no official price, but a number of online sources have estimated it between $1,500-$2,000.

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X360 Specifications
Processor: Intel Centrino 2 ULV Processor Technology (FSB 800/1066MHz)   
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Premium / Business   
Memory: DDR3 1066MHz 1GB ~ 4GB   
LCD: 13.3” WXGA (1280 x 800) SuperBright© LED backlit   
HDD: 64/ 128 GB Solid State Drive / 120 GB (5400 rpm S-ATA)   
Optical Drive: External DVD Super Multi Dual Layer Writer    
Graphics Processor: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 graphics core   
Wireless LAN: Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate*   
LAN: 10/100/1000 Ethernet    
I / O Ports:
* 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC plus, xD)
* 3 x USB 2.0
* 1 x PCI Express Card Slot (34 mm)
* 1 x HDMI
* 1 x Headphone-out
* 1 x Mic in
* 1 x Integrated Mic
* 1 x VGA Port
* 1 x RJ45 (LAN)
* 1 x Docking Port    
Multimedia: 1.3-megapixel web camera    
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours    
Speaker: 3W Stereo Speaker (1.5 Watts x 2)   
Dimensions (W x D x H): 311mm x 228mm x 16.7mm
Weight: 1.27kg (including SSD & 6 cell battery)   
Warranty: 1 Year International Collect and Return.

 

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