We've just gotten pictures and specs for Samsung's Series 7 Gamer notebook, a serious piece of hardware that the company hopes will compete with Asus' gaming offerings. The notebook will come in two slightly different builds, one for the US and one to ship internationally. Both have Intel Core i7 processors and 2GB graphics cards, an AMD Radeon HD6970M outside the US (as far as we can tell) and an unspecified Nvidia card domestically. International versions will also come with active 3D. The bright colors in these pictures are custom, however — the default model will be black.

The Series 7 Gamer can ship with either a 1TB or 2TB hard drive, plus 8GB of solid state storage on the motherboard. It can take up to 16GB of RAM, and has a manual dial to change between modes, including a high-power gaming mode. Playing Battlefield 3 on the highest settings in 1080p, we got excellent performance, as you can see in the video below. We'll keep you posted on any further news on pricing and release.