Samsung is updating its line of thin and light laptops with two new models:
- Ativ Book 9: A $1599 notebook with a 15.6 inch, 2160p display
- Ativ Book 9 Spin: A $1399 notebook with a 360 degree hinge and 13.3 inch, QHD+ display
The Spin is the model I’m more interested in. While the starting price is a bit steep, it looks like a pretty major upgrade from the Samsung Series 9 ultrabook I bought in 2012.
The new model has a Core i7-6500U Skylake processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, and a 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display that you can flip back all the way for use in tablet mode.
While the new model packs a lot more power than my aging laptop (or the Ativ Book 9 Plus models that Samsung has released in the past few years), it’s still a pretty compact machine, measuring about 0.6 inches thick and weighing 2.9 pounds.
It also has a backlit keyboard, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, stereo 2 watt speakers, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, a microSD card reader, and a battery that Samsung syas should be good for up to 7.3 hours of run time.
Looking for something a bit bigger and more powerful? The Ativ Book 9 Pro is a heftier laptop, measuring 0.7 inches thick and weighing about 4.5 pounds. But under the hood it has an Intel Core i7-6500HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics.
It also has all the features of the Spin (except the 350 degree hinge) plus quad speakers, a USB 3.1 Type C port, support for 4K video output. While Ativ Book 9 Pro is bigger than the Spin, it’s also more power hungry: Samsung says you should expect up to 6.5 hours of battery life.