The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite is a portable notebook which looks like an ultrabook, but which doesn’t quite fit the bill thanks to an AMD processor. The good news is that it’s a little cheaper than many ultrabooks in its class.

Samsung unveiled the 13.3 inch notebook last month, and now the company says it’ll be available starting July 28th for $799.99.

samsung ativ book 9 lite

Aside from the AMD A6 quad-core processor, the AIV Book 9 Lite has the specs you’d expect from an ultrabook. It measures 12.8″ x 8.8″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 3.5 pounds, sports a 128GB solid state drive and 4GB of RAM, and runs Windows 8. It even has a 10-point capacitive touchscreen.

But the AMD processor is a bit cheaper than an Intel chip, which helps keep the price down… and it has the same impact on battery life. Samsung says to expect up to 5.5 hours of run time from the ATIV Book 9 Lite (according to Mobile Mark 12 — although I’m told it gets up to 8.5 hours on Mobile Mark 7).

While that would have been pretty impressive battery life for a notebook this thin and light a few years ago, Intel’s Haswell chips have kind of changed the game, and we’re regularly seeing notebooks that can run for 7 to 10 hours on a charge.

The Samsung ATIV BOOK 9 Lite has a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, which is also a bit underwhelming for a laptop in 2013. But if you’re holding out for a model with a higher-resolution display, more powerful processor, and longer battery life, there’s always the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus — a notebook with an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU and a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel display.

Samsung hasn’t yet unveiled pricing for that notebook , but I think it’s safe to say it’ll cost a lot more than the Lite model.

Other specs for the upcoming ATIV BOOK 9 Lite include a mini VGA port, micro HDMI port, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, a headset jack, and an SDXC card reader.

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20 replies on “Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite coming July 28th for $800”

  1. This notebook isn’t cheap enough for the display it carries.

    And its worse than the old 900X3-D in every respect.

    The white could be nice, if its not plastic…

  2. Can somebody make a statement about a micro HDMI connection on the Book 9 Plus (what a stupid name) being capable of driving 4K resolution at 30 Hz like a full-sized HDMI connection? Thanks

    1. I am shocked how some people do not know AMD‘s Dock Port aka Lightnin Bolt. So Dock Port is an AMD‘s HDMI implementation for USB 3.0, you have a cabel that you connect your device trought USB and then connect it to an external display eg. TV, LCD, etc… It is available to products that contain Temash/Kabini APU‘s. So if you have tablet that has Temash then you can hook it up to an external display, I doubt it supports 4K since HDMI 2.0 is not out.

      1. Then it’s pretty useless, but thanks anyways.
        Anybody have relevant information for Micro HDMI and 4K support?

        1. Useless? You are wrong, totally.

          Dock Port can act as HDMI and its far cheaper than Intel’s Thunder Bolt that does the same thing but costs like 10 times more and you can find it only in Apples computers.

          It does not say if micro hdmi is version 1.4 that supports 4k, if its 1.4v hdmi then yes.

          https://semiaccurate.com/2013/05/24/amd-finally-puts-dock-port-on-a-device/

          AMD’s Dock Port supports up to 4 1080p displays and also when you connect your laptop/tablet to any external display with it own power supply then it can charge your battery trough cable. 🙂

          1. That’s all nice, but still pretty useless for connecting a 4K monitor, don’t you think?
            The bandwidth is theoretically there, but 4K is not supported. Also, where can I buy such a dock? It’s of no use for me if I can’t buy it 😉

          2. I know I know… xD

            Yes it is even, if the micro hdmi is version 1.4 then maybe. I really don’t know if there is an micro hdmi for 4k.

            You can’t buy Dock Port, it depends if the OEM decides to implement while an special addon will set back you 20$ if you want to make it possible to have 4 1080p displays.

            I am not sure, I don’t know much about Dock Port.

            Go google it or send an email to AMD.

          3. Dock Port? Don’t you mean Display Port?

            If it’s Display Port, then yes… It already supports 2160P/4K at 10bit and 60Hz… and there are micro HDMI cables rated for 3D and 2160P/4K support…

            Example: https://www.asus.com/Tablet_Mobile_Accessories/Micro_HDMI_to_HDMI_Cable/

            Problem is outputting that over HDMI as even with a full resolution source, both the adapter and the display also needs to support the target resolution as well but support over HDMI is still lacking in most of the industry….

            While the normal solution right now is to output 4 1080P streams over 4 HDMI cables and basically stitch them together on the target display.

          4. No, he was talking about Dock Port.

            However, Haswell supports 4K over HDMI. Thanks for the link with the Micro HDMI cable. This should work then. My question has been answered. 🙂

            (I am surely not going to buy an AMD crapbook with 720p screen for 800 bucks)

          5. Ah, I see… they renamed it again…

            Anyway, be mindful of what Screen you’ll be outputting to… Since at least some of the Haswell 4K tests have had some issues with certain models like the Seiki Digital SE50UY04 50″ 4K TV.

            Discrete cards, like NVIDIA GT 640 / AMD 7750 or greater, should be more reliable on range of support…

          6. Crapbook? You get what you pay for, if you want quality chassis and a screen with good viewing angles and colors then it will cost you. It all depends on your needs. Because its AMD inside a product that does not mean that is crap, a 600$ notebook with A10 4600M can play a lit more games than an Intel notebook at the same price. An cheapo Intel notebook for 400$ with i3 ulv with a single dimm performs in games as an E350 Bobcar from 2010/2011 that was a smash hit for AMD. AMD soiner or later always finds a way to crush Intel one way or another. Anyone that has A10 4600M and playing DayZ at native res of an average at medium settings in a train or in school is the cool guy, macbook nerds in the corner could try just that but their precious would be fried.

  3. Your previous post on this indicated that the processor was a Kabini, but it looks like it’s actually Temash (half the speed, but one third the wattage).

    1. Hmm… AMD uses the A6 label for chips that are part of both the Temash and Kabini families, and there’s little information on Samsung’s website to say which type of chip this particular A6 is.

      I can’t seem to find a definitive answer here, so I’ll probably just drop the word “kabini” from the older article until I get more evidence.

      Thanks!

        1. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I read somewhere that this might be a custom chip AMD is delivering for Samsung — but that it’s probably based on the A6-1450. That source didn’t site its sources though, so I don’t know how reliable the information is.

        2. It’s not really Turbo for Temash… It’s more like it’s capped while in Tablet mode to 1GHz but it’s really a 1.4GHz APU.

          Contrary to AMD’s Turbo Core, which over clocks for performance boost as needed, the Temash just goes into a higher power state and stays there until it’s switched back… Though, it does have power and cooling minimums that need to be met before it allows the APU to be unlocked…

          There’s basically not much difference between Kabini and Temash other than the device range they’re intended for…

          1. A6 1450 Temash has turbo under its TDP, it can increase to its 3 cores to 1.1ghz, 2 cores to 1.2 or 1 core to 1.4ghz.

            There should be a SKU that has A6 5200.

          2. A4-5000 and A6-5200 are both Kabini models…

            AMD’s Turbo Core does work by staying within its TDP and scaling the frequency increase in a performance juggling fashion, with only a single core getting the maximum clock increase.

            What’s not always clear is whether the other cores get under clocked or even turned off.

            Like the Ontario C-60 only clocked one core to 1.33GHz but it under clocked the other core to compensate.

            The only thing you can count on is with the APU that the iGPU can also get increased and for the A6-1450 that goes from 300MHz to 400MHz.

            While implementation is key and that can vary from system to system…

            For example, the basis for my previous post is because the A6-1450 in Acer Aspire V5 can be apparently set to stay at 1.4GHz and that’s not how Turbo Core is suppose to work… but keep in mind that Kabini and Temash are essentially the same SoC, just tuned to different TDP and performance ranges.

            While Turbo isn’t offered for all models either…

          3. It is dynamic turbo, it sticks to its TDP.

            Remember convertibles reference designs with Temash?

            When it is not docked then it has a TDP limit of 8 watts and when it docked and gets airflow and additional battery source then its restrictions are removed and can go 15w.

            If its not docked and its in a tablet mode, it will stay under its TDP and if you decide to activate performance mode while its not docked then it can increase marginally clocks depending on tasks and it won’t underclock other cores.

            I reckon Beema could have fuse boxes that could turn off cores so reckon we have quad core Beema at 8 watt TDP and all cores are clocked at 1.2Ghz and it can marginally increase clocks depending of tasks. What if you would have an option to off two cores and clock two active cores to 1.5-1.6ghz? Heh, good idea? Right?

            Those two inactive cores then could act as heat sinks.

            AMD Temash and Kabini CPU and GPU share/spread its heat to each other so its temperature per X-Y space is equal in the end thus less hotter overall.

          4. I’m fully aware of how Turbo Core works but the points I’m making is Temash isn’t really using it the same way…

            1) https://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/a-series/Pages/a-series-pib.aspx

            Note that only the A10 (Richland) makes any mention of Turbo Core for the entire Elite APU lineup!

            2) https://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-tablet-hybrid-pc-performance-2013feb20.aspx

            Note that Turbo Dock Technology is not described as a application of Turbo Core but as a separate Technology!

            3) https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1262406

            quote, “One down side to the approach is that all four cores must run at the same dynamic data rate. That means the unit may burn excess power if one tasks needs a high frequency and other simultaneous jobs do not. The cores also share one bus interface to a memory controller.”

            So, just because Jaguar supports dynamic frequency boosting doesn’t mean it’s works the same as how Turbo Core is suppose to work!

            Combined with the observations noted for the Acer Aspire V5 sample system that has been reviewed by a few sites all suggests it’s not really Turbo’ing as much as unlocking into a higher performance mode.

            Though, the incremental 100MHz clocking and dynamic clock frequency range is there but that’s about it for similarities…

            Besides, only the quad core Temash even has a Turbo anything… the other Temash Models and all Kabini do not!

            Btw, AMD has been using power gating to optionally turn off CPU cores since Bobcat… So Jaguar already supports that feature and no need to wait for Beema on that score… though, hopefully, Beema can improve upon it…

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