With the recent fiasco about the Galaxy Note 7 and the quite unpleasant legal battle with Apple, Samsung is now back on track, and it seems it has been inspired by its arch-rival yet again.
The South Korean electronics giant recently announced the upcoming release of the ArtPC Pulse desktop PC. Resembling the Apple Mac Pro and HP Pavilion Wave, it has compact cylindrical design embedded with customizable pulse lighting band. The lighting band can be adjusted by the user according to color, with variety of yellow, blue, and green.
The compact size of Samsung’s new ArtPC Pulse is 5.5 inches wide and approximately 12 inches tall. Bearing full metal body, it contains 6th generation Intel Core, which comes in either i5 or i7 processors. This PC may be small but it is capable of playing 4k movies and even 3D games with its AMD Radeon RX 460 GPU with up to 16 GB memory, a 1 HDD module, and 256 GB SSD. Audio system includes 360-degree omni-directional Harman Kardon speaker which suggests Google Home or Amazon Echo. Users have the option to customize sound effects, audio balancing to name a few.
Samsung ArtPC Pulse Intel Core i7 model has an additional 1 TB HDD storage module for storing more movies and pictures. It has four USB 3.0, a USB Type C, HDMI and LAN port for external devices. ArtPC Pulse comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
The $1,200 ArtPC Pulse is the basic variant which includes 2.7 GHz 6th generation Intel Core i5, a 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, and USB Type C and HDMI ports, with graphics by Radeon RX 460 GPU. The Intel Core i7 model costs $1,600 which contains 256 GB SSD and RX 460 GPU, a 1 TB SATA hard drive and 16 GB RAM. There are also hints of removable expansion modules sold separately.
While the HP Pavilion Wave is significantly cheaper than Samsung ArtPC Pulse, the Samsung PC is also significantly cheaper than the Apple Mac Pro. The HP Wave costs a little over $500, while the more powerful model of ArtPC Pulse is $1,700, which is $400 more than the basic model.
Though it is still a tad far from the design inspiration itself, with the Apple Mac Pro starting at almost $3,000. The launch has been set to October 28, 2016 with both versions available for pre-order in Amazon last week.