Samsung is expanding its premium ATIV product family with the addition of the ATIV Book 9 Pro. But the ATIV Book 9 Pro isn’t just your garden variety 15.6-inch notebook; it comes equipped with a rich 4K touch screen (3840x2160) with a 500nit brightness rating and “real time HDR enhancements” which are meant to “[enable] clearer, crisper images and text.”
When it comes to the hardware lurking underneath the backlit keyboard, you’ll find a 2.6GHz sixth generation Intel Core i7 Processor 6700HQ (Skylake) processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M discrete graphics solution with 2GB of RAM. Other features include four 2W speakers, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI out port (which supports 4K video).
Rounding out the specs, the ATIV Book 9 Pro weighs in at a reasonable (for its size class) 4.45 pounds and will last up to 6.5 hours per charge, which is quite respectable given its 4K display.
But the ATIV Book 9 Pro isn’t all that Samsung has to offer today. Flying slightly under the radar is the ATIV Book 9 Spin, which features a smaller 13.3-inch QHD+ touch screen (3200x1800, 700nits), which, as its name implies, can rotate 360 degrees.
Besides taking a pass on a 4K screen, the ATIV Book 9 Spin also loses the discrete graphics option — it uses Intel HD Graphics 520 — and features a slightly slower Core i7 6500U processor. You’ll also receive two 2W speakers, three USB 3.0 ports, and a standard HDMI port. Don’t go looking for a USB-C port, because you won’t find one here.
ATIV Book 9 Spin
While the ATIV Book 9 Pro wins the specs race, the ATIV Book 9 Spin manages to come in much lighter at just 2.87 pounds and will last up to 7.3 hours per charge.
Both the ATIV Book 9 Pro and ATIV Book 9 Spin will be available later this month from Samsung.com and Best Buy priced at $1,599 and $1,399 respectively.