If you were to say that Samsung’s playing a serious round of copycat with their X series, you probably wouldn’t be too far off. Though not as light or as visually attractive as the Sony X series, Samsung’s will offer plenty of value. They’re about four pounds, will offer screen sizes anywhere between eleven and fifteen inches, and have an expected battery life of about eight hours, which is a definite step up; my poor old kludge only gets about six.
There’s no word yet on what processors will be used in Samsung’s line, though stirrings exist that say it might be the new line of ultra low voltage dual cores from Intel. Also included is a kind of facial recognition software called Failsafe that basically won’t let you boot up unless you’re in front of a camera so the system can tell it’s you, and yes, they’re preloading Windows 7 with these–guess you can stick a fork in Windows Vista, huh?
They’re expected to cost about a thousand bucks a unit, however, so the chance of getting super-new chips from Intel in these bad boys is pretty much long odds. However, it doesn’t look like value’s going to be a problem as they’re really putting quite a bit in these systems. I think we can all live without the super-new chipsets for a good quality low four-figure laptop.