Samsung slip reveals new Ivy Bridge, Nvidia mobile parts
February 13, 2012 // 12:01 p.m.
The first Ivy Bridge gaming laptop has broken cover thanks to a website developer's slip-up, and it's an impressively meaty Samsung model dubbed the NP700G7C.
According to details accidentally posted to Samsung's US website late last week and then rapidly removed, the company is looking to target gamers with its first confirmed Ivy Bridge product. Based around a 17.3in 1080p LED-lit display, the desktop-replacement luggable boasts up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, two 1TB hard drives, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, and a Mac-style backlit island-style keyboard.
It's the internals that are of most interest, of course. The chip is an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3610QM featuring four physical processing cores, HyperThreading support and running at 2.3GHz stock and 3.3GHz when Turbo Boost is enabled. Details on cache and TDP were, sadly, not included in the posting.
Although Ivy Bridge promises to bring significantly improved performance to the integrated Intel HD graphics technology, Samsung's not relying entirely on Intel. Instead, the laptop boasts an as-yet unannounced Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M 2GB DDR5 graphics chip, the flagship of Nvidia's upcoming GTX 600M series of mobile-centric GPUs. Sadly, Samsung has yet again kept quiet on full specifications for the part.
Additional features for Samsung's laptop include integral USB 3.0 support, Intel's WiDi wireless display technology, Bluetooth 4.0, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g/n dual-frequency Wi-Fi connectivity. The usual webcam is also included at the top of the screen, although its two-megapixel sensor is a welcome change from the usual VGA fare of many laptops.
UK pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed by Samsung, with the original page suggesting a US retail price of $1,699 (around £1,076 before taxes.) A launch date is not yet available, but with Ivy Bridge expected to launch in the next couple of months it's likely Samsung has a similar schedule in mind for the NP700G7C.