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Christo Jacob
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Samsung attempts to take on Apple's Macbook Air with the launch of its new laptop Samsung X360. "Lighter than air," as per the promotional material for the laptop which, like the Macbook Air, has a 13.3-inch screen but at 1.27 kilograms is 90 grams lighter. That difference is roughly the weight of a cell phone.

The X360 measures 311 millimeters wide by 228mm deep by between 16.5mm and 31mm thick. In comparison, the Macbook Air measures 325mm wide by 227mm deep by between 4mm and 19.4mm thick. Hence, the Samsung X360 is at least a centimeter thicker than the Macbook Air at both its thinnest and thickest points.

Samsung X360 remains competitive with many of the latest Windows-based machines so that shouldn’t prove a disincentive to potential buyers, but it does go some way to illustrate Apple’s achievement in making the Macbook Air so thin.

The Samsung laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 128G-byte solid-state drive (SSD). SSDs are based on flash memory and should allow PCs to start and shut down faster than laptops with hard-disk drives. Other features include a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11n wireless LAN, 3 USB ports, HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) connector, and Express Card slot.

It will go on sale this month in the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, and Hong Kong. Pricing and launch details are yet to be announced.
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