Samsung’s Series 5 ultrabook has been unveiled. it’s slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor, the new model’s dimensions and processor nonetheless fall well within the ultrabook parameters as defined by Intel. On first blush, the updated model looks like a dead ringer for its predecessor, with a svelte profile wrapped in an attractive aluminum chassis. The similarities continue until you notice the Windows 8 sticker on the right side of the palm rest. As your eyes continue drifting upward, they’ll eventually settle on the critical ingredient that sets the Series 5 apart from its forebears: the touch screen.
Like its predecessor, the new Series 5 ultrabook features a fairly lean port selection. The right side sports dual USB 2.0 ports and a multiformat card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC). The left side, meanwhile, sports a USB 3.0 port, a mini VGA port, and a full-size HDMI port. Purchasers have the option of choosing either a Corei5 ($799) or Core i7 ($899) configuration for their system.
The Series 5 ultrabook will be released with Windows 8 on Oct. 26.