Samsung raised the bar for notebook screens during its launch event in London last week. Besides the convertible Ativ Q tablet, it presented the next generation Ativ Book 9 Plus ultrabook with class-leading 3,200 x 1,800 pixel resolution.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is based on the Intel Haswell architecture and can be equipped with models from the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 families. The computer houses up to 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage and boots in mere 5.9 seconds, awakes from sleep in 0.9 seconds.

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Despite a profile of only 13.6 millimeter and weight of 1.39 Kg Samsung says the computer can run up to 12 hours on the battery, which further proves that Haswell has raised the bar substantially for ultrabooks. Extra impressive considering the 13.3″ screen has no less than 5.76 million pixels to show with its record high resolution at 3,200 x 1,800 pixels and 275 dpi. You can compare this to Apple’s Macbook Pro Retina 13″ that offers 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution and 227 dpi. The screen in Ativ Book 9 Plus is covered by gorillaglas and can be pivoted 180 degrees.

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Ativ Book 9 Plus is made from aluminum and comes with a backlit keyboard and mousepad. The price has not been set yet, but the computer should be in stores in Q3.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite is a more budget-friendly sibling with a 13.3″ screen that settles for 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution. Here we find a quad-core AMD A6 processor at 1.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD storage. The computer promises a battery time of up to 8.5 hours and weighs 1.44 Kg without touch support and 1.58 Kg with touch support for the screen.

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Ativ Book 9 Lite will, just like Ativ Book 9 Plus, ship with Sidesync, an application for drag and dropping files between computers and Galaxy smartphones. Also, Ativ Book 9 Lite will launch sometime in Q3.


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