Samsung's new flagship Ultrabook: the ATIV Book 9 Plus

Eyeing off the 3800 x 1800 display in the ATIV Q but don't want to deal with that particular form factor? Perhaps Samsung's freshly announced ATIV Book 9 Plus will be more to your liking. The new flagship Windows 8 Ultrabook features some pretty high-end features for a device like this, including the aforementioned 3800 x 1800 275 PPI display, Gorilla Glass coating, a selection of Intel's latest Haswell Core i5 or Core i7 processors, OCR bonding for an excellent touchscreen experience and two hinge positions that allow the screen to fold all the way down to 180 degrees.

It may not be the lightest 13-inch Ultrabook going around, at 1.39 kg, but it will feature up to 12 hours of battery life according to Samsung. The Ultrabook will be launching at some point in Q3 of this year, but no pricing information was announced.

As well as the flagship ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung also announced a lower-end ATIV Book 9 Lite, which ditches the high resolution display for a standard 1366 x 768 display, and features one of AMD's new Kabini APUs under the hood. The machine does have a 256 GB solid state drive in its 1.44-1.58 kg body, but it's not surprising to learn the battery life is lower than its flagship counterpart: apparently you'll only be able to manage a maximum of eight hours out of this device. As with the ATIV Book 9 Plus, the Book 9 Lite is slated for a Q3 release with no price announced just yet.

Source: Engadget

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That looks pretty much like the Macbook Air, including the type of keyboard used. I guess samsung really can't come up with original designs.

I thoght Haswell Graphics was 4K ready so this resolution shouldn't be an issue and this babies are aimed at non-gamers professionals. If the price is right then this might be the one to replace my main development machine as well as my take away machine.

What laptop do you guys recommend for programming, web development (Visual Studio, Netbeans, Sql Server) and common college programs (MS Office, Photoshop, IE10, VMWare)? an alienware 14 or this new ativ 9+ laptop? My budget is $1600 at most

You don't need much power for what you'll be doing. Something like an Alienware is geared toward gaming, and you don't need the high end video at all. $1000 will get you a very nice 17" laptop (Screen real estate is very, very important for IDEs). Take the remaining $600 and use it to buy programming books.

You are absolutely right about the screen real estate for IDEs, I need space. Thanks, I will get the alienware 17 then.

Why is everyone suggesting gaming on this device? It's fairly obvious it's aimed for the portable office.

And quite frankly, it looks rather good too.

Raa said,
Why is everyone suggesting gaming on this device? It's fairly obvious it's aimed for the portable office.

And quite frankly, it looks rather good too.

I wonder the same thing.

Hi again.

Well, we can all forget about gaming at 1800p on that system. Iris is an improvement but not a miracle. Kabini should have better gaming performance, and with a 768p screen it'll have no trouble driving that at its native res. So for those keen on gaming the Kabini laptop will be the better value by far.

Maybe you missed the part about Haswell having a massive increase in performance?

Certainly Ivy Bridge manages to drive 2560x1600 without issues, so I can't see 3200x1800 being a problem for Haswell.

ivy can do 4k easily, i run a 30" dell and a 24" at the same time and it has no issues at all. just dont game... and its 3800 not 3200

Beyond Godlike said,
Its gonna lag so bad at that resolution.

MBP retina is about similar resolution and doesn't lag, it also has intel GPU most of the time.

Haswell is not a massive increase to graphics performance (4600 has 20% - 40% increase and IRIS has up to 150% increase in performance compared to the previous 4000 HD series) This pales in comparisons with high end graphics cards (

The IRIS pro which is the highest end intel graphics chip out currently number 212 in the benchmarks list compared to other GPUs in benchmarks ( I currently use a GeForce 680 GTX (which is ranked considerably higher than the IRIS) on games like FarCry 3 with ultra settings on resolutions 2560x1440 and I get an average of 30-40 FPS. You can imagine how an IRIS pro can perform on games at 3200 x 1800 with this laptop. Least to say, it may look great for movies, viewing pictures, but this will not be able to game very well at that resolution.

carson2255 said,

Yeah we all know this... No one is expecting to run games on this at native res! LOL.
But Haswell will very easily cope with this res for everything else, including 4k video. Even Ivy Bridge can drive 4k res.

Gaming at WSXGA+ (1680x1020) would be good on this device, as most games will run well on Intels HD 4600 or IRIS at that res and still look good as the pixels are so small you wont get the usual jaggy scaling issues at non-native resolutions.

150% isn't a massive increase? Are you smoking something or do you simply not know what the word increase means?

Comparing a desktop machine with a high-end desktop graphics card to an Ultrabook with integrated graphics is stupid. Stop making stupid comparisons, not all laptops are for gaming.

sweatshopking said,
because that's a massive ton of pixels, and it's running an intel gpu. the iris stuff is better, but that's an insane resolution.

You are massively exaggerating, modern intel graphics are no way near as weak as you are insinuating. They are more than capable of simply driving high res displays