Recently, Samsung announced a new ultrabook aimed directly at Apple and the new 12″ Macbook Air. The Ativ Book 9 (2015) is the Korean giant’s answer to Apple’s class leader. The 12 inch 2K (2560 x 1600) screen headlines the Ativ Book’s impressive spec sheet. Not only will you be getting quad HD in this screen but an adaptive brightness. Inside you can expect 350 nit but when you leave the comfy confines of your living room and head outside, the computer can boost itself to 700 nit. Impressive to say the least, especially on a laptop.
The Ativ Book 9 is also supposed to be thinner than the Macbook coming in at an insane 11.19 x 8.37 x 0.46. It will sport the same Intel Core M processor which is Intel’s latest chip. The new Core M will allow both the Macbook Air and the Ativ Book 9 to run a fanless design cutting down on power consumption, noise and heat displacement. The increased efficiency of Intel’s new chip allows the Ativ Book to get about 10 hours of battery life at normal brightness. No estimates have been given on battery life if you crank it up to the outdoor brightness.
The body of Samsung’s new laptop will be made out of aluminum. From what we’ve seen at CES a beautiful matte black finish will the standard. We must say, it looks absolutely stunning. Luckily it only weighs in about 2.1 lbs. A base model will come with 4 GB of Ram and a 128 GB SSD and an upgraded version will be released with 8 GB of Ram and a 256 GB SSD. Also included are 802.11 AC Wifi, Bluetooth, a 720p webcam with integrated mic and 2 USB 3.0 ports. If you want to use ethernet for your internet, Samsung will provide a dongle to plug into one of your USB ports.
Rounding out an impressive spec sheet are a backlit keyboard that supposed to be very impressive in travel and feel, a MicroHDMI port and MicroSD card slot. Unfortunately there’s no full SD card slot which is a bit disappointing if we’re being honest.
An interesting choice Samsung made was to not include touch controls. These are seemingly becoming standard but we question how many people really use these and use them enough to make them a deciding factor in buying a laptop. My wife has a touch screen on her HP laptop and she’s literally the only person I’ve ever seen touching their laptop in such a manner and it’s very infrequent when she does.
The Ativ Book 9 will come with Windows 8.1 out of the box and while that’s going to be pretty standard at time of release, it’s getting some praise for it’s security features. If you have nosy neighbors at work or you travel a lot and want to keep what you’re looking at private, this laptop may be the one for you. Samsung will be giving you the ability to blur your entire screen or specific windows to keep private what you don’t want others to see. Not only is that great but it’s simple to do too. Fn10 blurs your screen. No messing with settings and multiple steps. Quick and clean.
Another excellent feature that will appeal to the business class and those with security in mind is the ability to unlock the computer by drawing an unlock code on your trackpad much the same way as you can with your phone. By itself it may not be as secure as just using a password but we’d like to see is this in conjunction with also using a password for more of a two step verification process. You’ll also be able to hide apps in use and permanently disable the microphone and 720p webcam if you’re worried about someone spying on you.
The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is slated to be released in the first quarter of 2015 and the base model will come in at $1,199 for the 4 GB/128 GB model and $1,399 for the 8 GB/256 GB model. Stay tuned to TechDissected for more coverage of CES 2015.