Samsung designers talk evolution and look of new Series 9 ultrabook

By Kelly Montgomery

We heard what the Samsung designers had to say about the look and feel of the new Series 9 ultrabook and the arduous 12-month process that created it.

New Samsung Series 9 ultrabook

New Samsung Series 9 ultrabook

Here at CES we got a chance to sit down for a roundtable discussion with Samsung’s designers to talk about the look, feel, and process of the brand new Series 9 ultrabook. The brand new design, which comes in 13-inch and 15-inch models, has a super-slim body (only .5 inches thick), a 128GB SSD harddrive, an Intel Core i5 2467M processor, 4GB of memory, and a 1600×900 resolution screen, among other things.

Packing all of those features into a super slim body that weighs under two pounds is a feat of both engineering and design. Senior Designer Junghwan Hong and Principal Designer Sangwon Yoon were on hand to discuss the challenges and accomplishments of the 12-month design process.

The new second generation of the Series 9 ultrabook put the focus for the designers on the slim form factor and the precision of each and every component. The new model made the switch from duralumin to aluminum, which makes the notebook extremely strong despite its slim profile. Designer Junghwan Hong said that the design of the original Series 9 was inspired by paper, which is light, thin, and easy to hold. The clean lines of the new model keep that inspiration in mind.

The designers wanted to make it as solid and strong as possible while maintaining the extreme thinness. “I went to the factory every week in Korea,” said Hong. “I really wanted to make it as perfect and precise as possible.” More info