SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED the Ativ Book 9 Pro, the firm's first 4K notebook. The 15.6in, 3840x2160 touchscreen display means that Samsung joins the likes of Toshiba and Dell with a 4K laptop offering.
The laptop is powered by a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.6GHz alongside 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It also features a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M graphics card, giving better performance results for gaming and graphics-intense applications.
The Ativ Book 9 Pro weighs a hefty 2kg. Battery life doesn't sound too great either, probably thanks to the power hungry 4K screen, with a quoted life of up to 6.5 hours. There are four speakers on the sides for better audio, and a 4K HDMI out port and the all-new reversible USB Type C port for charging.
It features a slim, tapered front profile like all other Ativ Book 9 models, making the laptop appear a little slimmer than it actually is.
Samsung is obviously going for the Windows equivalent of the Macbook Pro market here with the Ativ Book 9 Pro, especially when considering the price. The Ativ Book Pro likely won't see a release in the UK given that Samsung last year halted laptop sales across Europe, but it is slated to arrive sometime this month in the US in time for the holiday season with a US price of $1,599 (£1050).
As part of the announcement of the Ativ Book 9 Pro, Samsung also introduced the Ativ Book 9 Spin, which has a display that rotates through 360 degrees. The convertible Ultrabook also features a 13.3in QHD+ display at 3200x1800 pixels and, like it's brother, an Intel Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM.
As you'd expect for a smaller screen device, though, this one comes in a little bit cheaper than the Book 9 Pro at $1,399 (£920). µ
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