Samsung showed us its love for “curvy” with the introduction of the ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC, but the company still has plenty of resources to devote to its more “traditional” offerings. Apple has long been rumored to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina Display, but Samsung isn’t wasting any time reliving its own revamped ultrabook with a 12-inch screen — and it looks to be a winner.
The ATIV Book 9 is highlighted by its 12.2-inch display, which has a resolution of 2560x1600. If you’re keeping score, Apple’s 11-inch MacBook Air features a screen resolution of 1366x768, while the 13.3-inch model is only slightly better at 1440x900.
The ATIV Book 9’s display is attached to an all-aluminum, 0.46-inch thick chassis that weighs just 2.06 pounds. Inside, you’ll fine Intel’s latest Core M 5Y10c processor, which is based on the Broadwell core. You’ll also find Intel HD Graphics 5300, a 720p webcam, dual 1.5W stereo speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, microHDMI, an RJ45 dongle, and an SDXC slot.
“Samsung is dedicated to providing the best options for consumers to stay fully connected and productive from anywhere, and the ATIV Book 9 goes above and beyond in meeting that demand for both consumers and professional users,” said Samsung Electronics America Marketing VP Gary Riding. “The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 will continue to revolutionize the ultrabook market with a stunning screen, thinner and lighter design, and easy connectivity with other Samsung products.”
The ATIV Book 9 will be available in early 2015 with a starting price of $1,199 with 4GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. But we’d suggest that you pony up for the 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD which will set you back $1,399.