The Samsung Ativ 9 Book Lite is thin enough to slice onions...

... and it has enough value that you won't be crying yourself to the bank

Thin is in and Samsung's new Ativ Book 9 Lite isn't going to buck the trend. 

The new ATIV Book 9 Lite brings a whole new meaning to light computing – weighing only 1.44KG (1.58KG with touch screen – Samsung said the touch component made it heavier) or about one and a half bags of castor sugar. It is also thin – 19mm.

Of course the term light is only used for the weight. You still get a four-core processor that Samsung and AMD co-developed. From our quick snooping around the net, it is based on AMD’s A6 processor. Not to mention Samsung has equipped the ATIV Book 9 Lite with 128GB of SSD, to enable it to achieve (on paper) an 8 second boot from cold start.

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Remote Control Your Phone

A feature that we did feel made the Ativ 9 Lite special is Samsung’s SideSync baked into it. While it is not new, this feature makes owning Samsung phones a breeze with the Ativ 9. Just connect your phone (USB/Wifi/Bluetooth) to the Ativ 9, run the SideSync app and boom – your PC can now control your phone! Check out the video to see how it works.

Bad Screen Yo!

Sadly, Samsung forgot to give it one crucial item – a good screen. While the 13 inch 1366 x 768 pixel screen is adequate, in a world where smaller machines have 1080p displays for about the same price, it is not up to par. You do get a 180 degree folding screen. We can confirm this, as Samsung did say that the 30Wh battery will give it 8 hours of battery life. We will test this and get back to you on that.

In Malaysia, there will be two models released – one (Marble White) with no touch screen and another (Mineral Ash Black) with touch screen tech. The best thing about this new product from Samsung is the price – it's RM 1999 for the White, and RM 2399 for the Black. Better still? It is available now. Find out more details of the model on Samsung.com/my

Nice concept but can it work?

Samsung is not the first manufacturer to bring cheap ultra-thin to the masses. Companies such as HP and Sony have also released cheap, thin machines for the budget-concious segment of the market, but so far in the post-PC era, the sales of notebooks have seen a slump in recent years.

The price may be appealing to some, but with many users looking to get the most out of their purchase, I don't think that the four-core processor sourced from AMD will beat the likes of Intel in everyday usage. Of course we may be wrong, and we look forward to get a unit  to test ourselves.