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Samsung Series 9 ultraportable notebook Troubleshooting and Repair

Samsung Series 9 (Model: 900X3A) teardown

At CES 2011, Samsung revealed its answer to the Apple MacBook Air--the Series 9 notebook. This ultraportable laptop has some impressive hardware (Intel Core i5 CPU, 128GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM), but it also has an impressive price tag.

Samsung sent TechRepublic a 13" Series 9 to test, and I just couldn't resist taking it apart. I'm glad I did. Unlike the MacBook Air, the Series 9's case is easy to open, you can upgrade the RAM, and it uses standard Phillips screws. Follow along as I crack open the ultrathin Samsung Series 9 laptop.
Check out the TR Dojo blog, for my observations about the Series 9 and our teardown process.





As of this writing, the 13" Samsung Series 9 (Model: 900X3A) has a suggested retail price of $1,649.99 (US).
The 11" Series 9 (Model: 900X1A) has a suggested retail price of $1,199.99 (US).
Our 13" test machine had the following technical specifications:
  • Processor: 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-2537M
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 (8GB max)
  • Storage: 128GB Samsung SSD
  • Display: 13.3" LED display (400nit; 1366 x 768 max resolution)
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium, 6300 mAh (up to 7 hours of battery life)
  • Ports: Micro HDMI, Ethernet (requires dongle), 1 USB, 2 USB, Micro DS Card slot, headphone jack, mic-in jack
  • Speakers: 3W Stereo speakers with HD audio
  • Camera: 1.3MP HD webcam (optional)
  • Input device: Touch pad (supports multitouch)
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth V3.0 High Speed
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Box contents

The 13" Samsung Series 9 has a unique Duralumin case, weighs 2.88 pounds, and measures 12.9" (W) x 8.9" (D) x ~0.62" (H).

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Wired LAN, Micro HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports open

MicroSD card slot, headphone/microphone jack, and USB port open

Removing the bottom cover screws

Popping loose the bottom cover after removing all screws

Bottom cover removed

Removing the battery screws

 

Removing the RAM

Removing the right-side port assembly screws

Disconnecting the right-side port assembly ribbon cables

Removing the right-side port assembly

Right-side port assembly - Top

 

Removing the left-side port assembly screws

 

Disconnecting the left-side port assembly ribbon cables

Removing the left-side port assembly

Removing the SSD screws

Removing the SSD

 

Removing the SSD bracket screws

 

Disconnecting the wireless antenna cables

Moving the right-side speaker cable away from the SSD bracket

Removing the SSD bracket

Removing the wireless card screws

Removing the wireless card

Disconnecting the right-side PCB ribbon cable from the motherboard

Disconnecting the right-side speaker cable

Removing the right-side PCB ribbon cable

 

Removing the right-side PCB

Removing the interal fan screws

Disconnecting the internal fan cable from the motherboard

 

Removing the internal fan

Removing the cooling assembly screws

Removing the cooling assembly

 Disconnecting the left-side speaker cable from the motherboard

Disconnecting the Touchpad ribbon cable from the motherboard

Disconnecting the power jack and display cables from the motherboard

Removing the motherboard screws

Removing the motherboard

Motherboard (with CMOS battery)

 Removing the CMOS battery

 

 

 

 


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