The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Is Absurdly Thin, Beautifully High-Res


Meet the new Samsung ATIV Book 9: it's a silly name, to be sure, but it's actually an incredible looking touch-enabled Ultrabook that you're going to be pining after.

Features to write home about? Oh, only a 13.3-inch qHD panel with a 3200x1800 resolution (275ppi), a width of 13.6mm and a battery life of 12 hours. Samsung has also increased the travel on the keyboard to make typing better and bolted a giant trackpad on the bottom of the device.

More? It weighs just 1.39kg, and under the hood is a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor which can boost up to 2.3GHz, 4GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch touchscreen with 10-points of touch, two USB 3.0 ports, a new slim security slot and an interesting new feature called SideSync.

Samsung SideSync is a nifty little feature that lets you connect your Galaxy S4 and use it almost like a second screen: you can drag-and-drop stuff directly onto and from the S4, and you'll also be able to copy and paste text from various apps.

The ATIV Book 9 is also capable of some next-level acrobatics. Open it up and it locks back to an 110-degree angle. Give it a gentle push, however, and it will unlock so you can take it back to a full 180-degree angle.

No release date just yet, but we expect it to come out in Q3 this year.

Stay tuned for a more detailed hands-on later.

Luke Hopewell travelled to Samsung Unpacked in London as a guest of Samsung.



    Looks great, but I also want to see that resolution in a 15.6", 17" laptop and in LCD monitors from 20" to 30".

      Absolutely. I imagine the transition towards 4K in the video market, will help make 3840x2160 the average resolution for 27-30" computer monitors within 5 years. Possibly even higher resolution in some cases, but just as we have settled for 16x9 1080p as the standard for TVs/monitors of this generation, quadrupling the pixels (or double the resolution depending on how you word it) makes the most sense going forward.

      The only problem people have found with the Ativ 9's crazy resolution (and other high dpi Windows 8 devices) is that while all the 'Modern UI' side of things scales perfectly - desktop browsers like Chrome and many 3rd party apps do not. So they either appear blurred/pixelated, or everything is tiny (particularly things like YouTube controls in your web browser, which are microscopic!)

      The good news is that Microsoft is introducing better desktop scaling with Windows 8.1, which works in a similar way to OS X. Rather than just changing the text dpi to 200%, you will able to to set the Ativ 9's 3200x1800 resolution to a "physical desktop space of 1600x900", but with 4 times as many pixels making up the same screen space.

      Most Windows desktop software developers still have to update their apps with higher resolution assets for high dpi though, as Microsoft obviously can't fix that. I imagine we'll start to see that happening from the big developers pretty quickly after Windows 8.1 is released (The most important one yet be updated to me is Chrome).

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    Soooo i'm guessing approx $2000 for a ULV i5 and 4Gb RAM.

    Sure the other stuff is shiny, but you can buy that kind of computing power for $499. Does nobody actually USE their computers anymore?

    I think the single thing about it I like the most is the screen. A major reason I haven't been willing to replace my 13-inch Macbook Air with anything else is because the screen resolutions haven't been acceptable to me. Retina displays are nice and all, but essentially you're running a very, very smooth low resolution screen (in the sense that the dimensions of everything onscreen are simply 4x bigger in terms of number of pixels).

    This unit actually has a better resolution than my Air (just) when halved to check the effective resolution.

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