Samsung’s svelte Series 9 laptop computers have just been updated, three models now making up the range with a price point starting from $1,499.

The hot Apple MacBook Air competitor still comes in its 16.3 mm thin chassis, made from the same material that aeroplanes are constructed from – duralumin. In fact, quite a few of the original components are shared across the three laptop strong Series 9 range, with second-generation Intel Core processors, solid state internal drives, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, at least 4GB RAM, and a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam.

Where the new computers differ is in screen size, CPU, and solid state drive sizes, with the least expensive of the trio matching an Intel Core i3 with an 11.6 inch LED LCD screen and 64GB SSD for $1,499. Meanwhile, Samsung’s bigger Series 9 each use a 13.3 inch LED LCD screen with 256GB solid state drives, but are separated by Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and prices of $2,299 and $2,799 respectively.

The Series 9 was recently crowned as the winner of a 2011 Australian International Design Award, but whether or not the new variants compete well with Apple’s MacBook Air range remains to be seen. With Apple setting the pace for thin notebooks, its 11 inch $1,099 RRP MacBook Air with 64GB SSD and Intel Core i5 seems primed to beat Samsung’s opposition in the eyes of the budget conscious consumer.