Taking on the recently launched and undeniably svelte Apple MacBook Air will be no mean feat, but Samsung thinks it has a worthy contender on its hands with its new 9 Series laptop — announced at CES 2011 in Las Vegas on Wednesday — which measures just 16.25mm.
The chassis is constructed from a material known as Duralumin, which Samsung says offers a quality that is twice as durable as aluminium. It also helps to keep the device's weight down, meaning it weighs in at just 1.3kg.
The 9 Series has a 13.3-inch, 1,366 by 768-pixel backlit LED SuperBright Plus display, which the company says has 400 nits — a measure of luminous intensity — of brightness.
Powering the laptop is an Intel Core i5 2537M processor and Intel HD graphics.
Samsung says that the lithium polymer battery should last up to 6.5 hours. The 9 Series also includes options such as 'Battery Life Extender Mode' and 'Express Charging Mode' allowing the user to control the charging cycle.
The slim chassis has flaps on each side that conceal the ever-important ports, such as USB, an HDMI-out and audio sockets.
Storage on the 9 Series laptop maxes out with a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), but SSDs often come at a premium — in this case taking the base level starting price for the 9 Series to $1,599 (£1,032).
Samsung 9 Series laptops are due to hit the shops in February.