Samsung outs new Series 5 550P notebook in the UK, Ivy Bridge and numeric keypad onboard

We saw a lot of things back at CES, and from the PC makers, it was mainly new Ultrabooks. Samsung, however, did present a pair of "regular" notebooks, and it looks like they're just about to stretch their legs in the UK. The Series 5 550P is available in 15- and 17-inch varieties, sporting 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 displays respectively. Calling the shots will be quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i7 chips supported by 8GB of RAM. Graphics are dished up by a 2GB GeForce GT 650M, and there's a Blu-ray optical drive plus capacity for up to 2TB of storage. Like the Series 7, sound is handled by integrated JBL speakers complete with "Max Bass Boost" subwoofer -- crikey! Lower specification models will also be available (swapping the Blu-ray for DVD, and using shared graphics) when they hit UK stores this month.

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8th May 2012 London, UK - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of its new Notebook Series 5 550P with 3rd Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 Processor, designed to give users an immersive multimedia experience.

The Series 5 550P - available in 15" and 17" sizes - is designed to meet consumers' increasing demands for high-quality multimedia content with a range of powerful features. With Intel's latest 3rd generation CoreTM i7 Processor, dedicated graphics processing, a Blu-ray drive, generous storage capacity and JBL optimised speakers complete with subwoofer, the Series 5 550P delivers an exceptional multimedia experience even while on-the-go.

"With its fully integrated multimedia features and lightweight slim design the Samsung Series 5 550P notebook offers an unsurpassed 'look, listen and feel' experience that no other notebook will match," said Damian Cusick, General Manager, Computing, Samsung UK and Ireland.

Multimedia content powerfully delivered

Powered by Intel's 3rd generation CoreTM i7 Quad Core processor, the Series 5 550P features a 25% improvement on performance when compared to 2nd generation CPUs. The notebook also consumes 20% less power, ensuring twice as fast 3D gaming and media experiences. This is complemented with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M 2GB graphics card, a Blu-ray drive and expandable storage up to 2TB, providing easy access to multi-format content as well as seamless creation, playback, editing and storage of multimedia content.

Best AV quality in its class

The Series 5 550P features Samsung's superior LCD technology for a next-generation viewing experience. An incredibly rich, vivid and crisp visual experience is further enhanced with integrated JBL optimised speakers and a Max Bass Boost subwoofer, for ultimate sound quality when watching movies or listening to music.

Boosted usability for ease-of-use

Ideal for creating and enjoying content on the go, the Series 5 550P features a full-size keyboard with isolated numeric and direction keys and an improved touchpad with separated left and right clicks. These functional advantages ensure no further attachments-such as an additional keyboard or mouse-are required.

The notebook also boasts a compact design. The 15" model weighs just 2.5 kg with a height of 29.9 ~ 30.4 mm. The 17" model weighs 3.05 kg with a height of 29.2 ~ 32.2 mm.

The Samsung Series 5 550P will be available in the UK from May from a range of retailers including PC World and Currys.

n.b. All are based on factory specifications. Product design specifications and colors are subject to change without notice and may vary from those shown. Errors and omissions excepted. Battery life based on MobileMark test scores that will vary based on configuration. Warranty service availability and response times may vary from country to country and may also be subject to registration requirements in the country of purchase. OS reveals lower HDD capacity than the specification as the difference of the calculation way and recovery partition.