Samsung to start selling the Windows 8 ATIV Book 9 August 18th

Samsung is pushing forward with the launch of its previously announced Windows 8 ATIV Book 9 Plus ultrabook, which will have a 13.3 inch touchscreen that has an impressive resolution of 3200x1800.

Samsung's press release today says that the ATIV Book 9 ultrabook will be available for pre-orders starting on Sunday, August 18th for the price of $1,399. Besides the high resolution touchscreen, it also has an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 SSD. The battery life is supposed to last up to 7.5 hours.

Samsung also announced that its previously revealed ATIV Tab 3 tablet will officially go on sale September 1st, although Amazon did briefly put the tablet on sale on its website earlier this week. The $699 10.1 inch product is the world thinnest Windows 8 tablet at just 0.31 inches. However, it only has a resolution of 1366x768, with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage with an Intel Atom processor; its battery life is up to seven hours. On the plus side, the tablet comes with a version of Office 2013 installed, along with a Bluetooth keyboard that serves as a cover, along with an S Pen. 

We are still awaiting word on when Samsung will start selling the ATIV Q, a tablet which has a display that slides up to expose a physical keyboard. The product is suppose to run both Windows 8 and Android with a 3200x1800 resolution display, the same as the ATIV Book 9 Plus.

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Ultrabooks are supposed to take mainstream components and stuff them into a thin and light chassis while preserving battery life and (relatively) good build quality. The point is that people wouldn't mind paying a bit more for mainstream performance in a thin and light form factor. They aren't going to take enthusiast-grade components from a DTR and pull off the same thing, so forget about dual GTX780m's, multiple SSDs in RAID0, and ten hour battery life when you see an article on an ultrabook.

The trend today is to pair very high resolutions with small screens, regardless of any real advantage. Everyone just has to have their small screen devices with ridiculously high resolutions.

i5, 4GB Ram, 128GB SSD (not even PCIe)... Great design and screen but they missed the chance to make this the ultra ultrabook.

Fantastic to see good screens (finally) coming to laptops for a reasonable price! (3200x1800 for $1300 is pretty good!).

Is it just me but, or does anyone else find touch on a laptop/desktop unneeded/unnatural? On a hybrid (surface, yoga, etc) it is great but...

I would love having touch on a laptop/desktop while running a touch-oriented OS (like Windows 8).

Why? Because using a mouse to control a cursor on the screen is itself unnatural (not quite ergonomic) and the notion of touching a surface when wanting to make a selection allows applications to do nifty multi-point menus and features.

Also, I type a lot (code, documents, emails, etc.) but I'd rather put my finger where I want the cursor than trying to refocus the cursor, make sure my wireless mouse is sufficiently charged, and/or constantly clicking menus. Heck, that's why keyboard shortcuts were started (to boost productivity & ease of use) and why some keyboards include a touchpad right there -- cuz touching is more natural than grabbing onto some weird-shaped object to move a floating arrow on a 2D surface.

Nas said,
I would love having touch on a laptop/desktop while running a touch-oriented OS (like Windows 8).

Why? Because using a mouse to control a cursor on the screen is itself unnatural (not quite ergonomic) and the notion of touching a surface when wanting to make a selection allows applications to do nifty multi-point menus and features.

Also, I type a lot (code, documents, emails, etc.) but I'd rather put my finger where I want the cursor than trying to refocus the cursor, make sure my wireless mouse is sufficiently charged, and/or constantly clicking menus. Heck, that's why keyboard shortcuts were started (to boost productivity & ease of use) and why some keyboards include a touchpad right there -- cuz touching is more natural than grabbing onto some weird-shaped object to move a floating arrow on a 2D surface.

as a Sony Vaio Fit 15 i7 with touchscreen owner...never buy a Samsung...but touch on a laptop can be useful and and productive, touch games, navigating, scrolling around n just touching things without the need for mouse...touchscreen is a new generation, also fun for painting...

UseLess said,
Fantastic to see good screens (finally) coming to laptops for a reasonable price! (3200x1800 for $1300 is pretty good!).

Is it just me but, or does anyone else find touch on a laptop/desktop unneeded/unnatural? On a hybrid (surface, yoga, etc) it is great but...

yes, this is great news, high res on a laptop is going to be great! and touch on a laptop i could see being useful if you don't want to carry a mouse around it would be a good alternative to the touchpad. (touch on a desktop is still weird, no one should sit that close to their monitor)