Samsung launches $1800 ATIV Book 9 Plus with Core i7, Windows 8.1

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus is a premiumultrabook with a high-resolution display, a fast processor, and a thin and light case. Now Samsung is introducing a new model that keeps all those features, but which adds a faster processor and Windows 8.1 software.

It also has more memory and storage… and a higher price tag.

The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus goes up for pre-order today, and it’s expected to ship in November.

samsung ativ book 9 plus

The laptop features a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display, an Intel Core i7-4500U Haswell processor with Intel HD 4400 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state disk.

It measures 12.6″ x 8.8″ x 0.5″ and weighs about 3.06 pounds and the notebook should get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Samsung’s ultrabook has a black case with mini VGA and micro HDMI ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and headset jack. It supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and there’s also an Ethernet dongle included which you can use to connect to a wired network.

At $1800, the new ATIV Book 9 Plus is about $400 more expensive than the previous model, which continues to sell for around $1400. But that model has a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

  • sri_tech

    Lets compare this and Lenovo Yoga 2 pro.

    Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro:
    $1000 (3200×1800 display, core i5, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD).
    $1200 (3200×1800 display, core i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD).

    Samsung ATIV Plus:
    $1400 (3200×1800 display, core i5, 4GB RAM, 128 GB SSD).
    $1800 (3200×1800 display, core i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD).

    Besides you can use the lenovo yoga 2 as a tablet which makes it even better deal.
    ATIV plus is fantastic laptop but its very costly compared to Yoga 2 pro.

    Not only Samsung, other PC makers like DELL, HP, ASUS and ACER will be forced to reduce the prices because of aggressive pricing from Lenovo.

    • J

      On the technical side, what you say is entirely accurate — Lenovo is offering equally equipped hardware for a fraction of the price of its competitors. Sure, the competitors will decrease their items’ prices as time goes on but I doubt they will do so because Lenovo decided to start with a competitive price.

      Consumers are each imbued with a different set of values. You may value the Yoga 2′s versatile design but I hate its subjectively cheap looking aesthetics.

      So, when it comes down to a general consumer, the first three brands you mentioned have something Lenovo arguably doesn’t – general name recognition. A general consumer would probably be more willing to pay a bit more for the comfort of the product being from HP, Dell, and Samsung. And, when you compare the Yoga 2 with offerings from ASUS and ACER, those products at least have the appearance of arguably better build quality and look like they are worth what they cost.

      Ultimately, price isn’t the only things that drive consumers; at least not here in the US.

      • lili

        I agree J. As I am willing to pay more. I would never carry a Leno go laptop for various reasons. 2? Where can I pre order the new ATIV 9 Plus as I do not see it on Samsung.com (for US) and does anyone know if they replaced the SSD with their own M.2 PC I SSD.. Not having this was in my opinion one of the weakest choices they made.

    • justinpdavis

      The Lenovo Yoga 2 pro is a poor device with NO real support from the vendor. The unit has widespread wifi connection issues and very little support from the vendor. I have the yoga 11 and very happy with it. I was really excited about the yoga 2 pro but it has been a nightmare. After a week of working on the issue and holding out hope I have given up!

  • J White

    That looks nice, but the price is out of control. I think it has the exact same specs (down even to the weight) as the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, which Best Buy is selling for $1,200. And the Yoga arguably has more functionality… Good luck, Samsung.

    • justinpdavis

      I bought a Yoga 2 Pro and the wifi does not stay connected. After a week of “working” with Lenovo and them saying “we are working on it” and they have for a month, I decided it was time to return it.

  • javajolt

    conspicuous consumption

  • onemcos

    For me personally, what it’s coming down to when choosing a laptop is the overall feel, something the specs can’t attest to. I’ve gone into stores and tried out the Lenovo Y2P and the Samsung AB9+, along with the Sony Vaio Pro 13 and I’ve decided on the Lenovo not only because the 256SSD model is a whole lot cheaper than the 1800 dollar AB9+, but the keyboard feels lightyears ahead of other keyboards on ultrabooks. I intend to use my book for light gaming and for taking notes and working on programs in college, and when comparing keyboards, the AB9+ has very little feedback, as well as other laptops in this class, while the Lenovo Y2P just feels good. Also for aesthetics, at least my new Y2P won’t be a target for people trying to steal laptops.