Hot on the heels of Samsung's roll out of the SF series, the company is introducing the new QX410 and RF series laptops for those who want to pay a little more for improved performance. The QX410 is the first Samsung notebook to use Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics.
The QX410 will be a Best Buy exclusive, and comes with an Intel i5-460M processor, 4GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics card, and a 14-inch LED-backlit display. Optimus switches between integrated graphics for apps that don't require much graphics power, and the discrete card for gaming, photo editing and other graphics-intensive tasks. The QX410 also includes a gesture pad so you can use multi-touch commands and a new lithium polymer battery that Samsung claims can provide up to 7 hours of battery life per charge. The laptop costs $929.99 when it hits Best Buy shops this fall.
The RF series comprises three models: the RF510-S01, RF510-S02, and RF710. The 510 systems have a 15.6-inch screen, while the RF710 sports a 17.3-inch display (both LED-backlit). While the RF510-S01 includes a Core i5-460M CPU and 500GB hard drive, the RF510-S02 and RF710 sport i7-720QM quad-core processors and 640GB hard drives. The RF710 also comes with a Blu-ray drive and a second (empty) hard drive bay. All three include an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics card, 4GB of RAM, and USB 3.0 ports -- the first Samsung laptops to do so.
Like the QX410, the RF series is due this fall, with the RF510-S01 priced at $939, the RF510-S02 at $1,079, and the RF710 at $1,099.