Samsung has already released its first Ivy Bridge laptop in the form of the Series 7 Gamer, but now that Intel has officially launched its less powerful and ultra low-voltage processors, the company has decided it's time to refresh its lineup. First up is a wholly new model, an entertainment-focused laptop called the Series 5 Boost (pictured above). So far it's only been announced in Korea, but we do know a bit about the machine. It'll come in either 15- or 17-inch screen configurations, both of which have a 300-nit, 1600 x 900 panel. On the audio side of things the machines use JBL-sourced stereo speakers paired with a subwoofer. The system will come with either a Core i5 or Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and it'll be relying on Intel's improved integrated graphics when in battery-saving mode, thanks to a switchable Nvidia graphics card. It'll have a 1TB hard drive, but, unfortunately, it's not yet known how much the Series 5 Boost will cost or when it'll be available.
Other than the all-new model, Samsung has gone through and given its Series 9, Series 5, and Series 3 laptops mild refreshes with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. We heard a while ago that Samsung was going to give its super-slim Series 9 laptops the new processors, and now the new model has arrived. The 13.3-inch system is priced at $1,299.99 and its 15-inch brother will cost you $100 more. Both models are powered by Intel's 1.7GHz, ultra low-voltage Core i5-3317U processor, and have been upgraded to support Bluetooth 4.0. On the hardware end very little has changed — they have the same 1600 x 900 displays in the same beautiful, sleek body, though they're now 0.1 pounds lighter and 0.1 inches thinner.
The 13.3-inch and 14-inch Series 5 have also been upgraded to the same Core i5-3317U CPU as the Series 9, and they start at $799.99 and $849.99, respectively. The chassis is, again, identical to the previous Series 5, though Samsung has added Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB 3.0 port. If you prefer AMD's processors over Intel's, you'll be glad to hear that Samsung has introduced a new version of the Series 5 that uses AMD's new Quad-Core A6-4455M Trinity APU. The 13.3-inch and 14-inch versions of the AMD-equipped Series 5 start at $699.99 and $849.99, respectively. Lastly, Samsung has given its low-end Series 3 laptops a significant processing boost, as they now all use dual-core processors instead of weaker Pentium units. The 14- and 15.6-inch models start at $499.99 and $599.99, respectively, but at that price they rely on older Sandy Bridge processors. Just like the rest of the lineup, Samsung has added Bluetooth 4.0 support to these models. All of the refreshed Series 9, Series 5, and Series 3 laptops aren't shipping quite yet, but they're set to go on sale tomorrow in Korea.