By James Wells in Berlin

BERLIN: Samsung and Sony competed with each other as usual at IFA 2009, with the two most impressive stands at the event, but it was not television where the most unlikely battleground was fought.

Both companies launched ultra slim notebooks, Sony called its new Vaio the X-series, while Samsung released a new range of notebooks funnily enough called… the X Series.

Samsung claims its three models will last up to nine hours with a six cell battery. The X120, X420 and X520 will be available in 11.6-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes and will all boast Intel Core 2 Duo Processors. Other features include HSPA wireless, three USB ports, WiFi, memory card reader as well as VGA and HDMI ports.

Sony’s 11-inch notebook features a carbon fibre casing, only a couple of centimetres thick and features two USB ports as well as a memory card slot. Sony was less bullish about other factors of the pre-production sample, however they promised that the battery life would offer all-day computing, while an Intel Atom processor is expected.

The next battleground is expected to be with OLED notebooks released in early 2010. At its press conference, Samsung confidently predicted that OLED will dominate the screens for future notebooks commencing with a commercially available range by the third quarter of next year.