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
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.