Samsung has updated its Series 5 and Series 9 laptops, adding Windows 7 Professional, in an effort to increase the devices' appeal to a business audience.
Both Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook and its Series 9 notebooks were unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Samsung appears to be trying to tap the bring your own device trend by ensuring businesses users will be able to install and run enterprise applications on the laptops, thanks to the addition of Windows 7 Professional.
The laptops also include Microsoft's Trusted Platform Module, which makes it easier to secure the device's hard drive.
“As consumer devices continue to infiltrate the workplace, we want to change this perception among businesses too,” said Damian Cusick, general manager for computing at Samsung in the UK.
Both the Series 5 and Series 9 are powered by Intel Core i5 processors. The Series 9 comes in two models, with the 13in version weighing 1.16kg, while the 15in model weighs 1.56kg;
The Series 5 ultrabook can boot up in 20 seconds and last up to seven hours from a single charge, the company claimed.
The addition on Windows 7 Professional comes at an odd time, with Microsoft currently in campaign mode to focus attention on its forthcoming Windows 8 release.
But many industry watchers have questioned the appetite businesses will have for an immediate shift to the radically different operating system. So Samsung may believe there will be continued demand for Windows 7-based business notebooks.
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