The first 4K smartphone is reportedly on the way, and will most likely become the new standard for mobile device screen resolution. But portable computers have already made a move to include the new innovation in their products.
Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Plus mostly targeted Ultrabook buyers with a lightweight, powerful, pricey product. Now the company rolls-out the ATIV Book 9 Pro which is suited for demanding users like gamers and graphics pros thanks to some desktop-class specs.
It comes equipped with the latest sixth-generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, a 15.6-inch 4K display with optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics and 6.5 hours of battery life. All this squeezed into a 4.45 pound all-aluminum body which features a slim tapered front profile. It also includes 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, reversible USB Type C, quad speakers and a WiFi booster. It’s clear that Samsung is targeting MacBook Pro 15 and Dell XPS 15 buyers especially with a $1,559 price.
Microsoft’s Surface Book is the same performance class but the $2,699 price tag is hard to justify –with discrete graphics & Intel Core i7 CPU, unless the tablet/convertible option is what you need. But if you need a Windows 10 laptop with touchscreen, it would be a hard choice between Samsung and Dell.
Keeping in mind the Ultrabook users, Samsung is also launching the ATIV Book 9 Spin convertible. This laptop design features a 360-degree detachable tented screen. It’s well equipped with a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) display, Intel Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM. It also sports and all-aluminum body, but only weighs 2.87 pounds.
Both models feature Samsung’s “outdoor mode” which brightens up to 700 nits but sacrifices some battery life while in this mode. The duo should go on sale late November.
Read Article (Steve Dent | engadget.com | 11/04/2015)
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