At CES 2015, Samsung introduced the ATIV Book 9 laptop, carrying a Core M chip within a super thin, light chassis. Now, Samsung is upgrading with the ATIV Book 9 Pro, and as the “pro” name suggests, it’s got all the hardware goodies, including new sixth-generation Intel processors at a crazy, pixel-filled 4K display.
At 15.6 inches and a 3840x2160 display, this is Samsung’s first 4K laptop. It’s also the first from Samsung with Core i7 Skylake processor, which is a huge power surge from the relatively meager-yet-power efficient Core M processor. With a 4K HDMI port, USB Type-C connector, 8GB of RAM, 256 SSD, and a discrete graphics card included (Nvidia GeForce 950M), the $1,600 price tag (roughly £1,039, exact UK price TBA) starts to make sense. The pro model is the only one to come with discreet graphics.
There is the looming problem with battery life, which on a 4k display can be quite a problem, but Samsung says you’ll get 6.5 hours on a charge. However, you might want to take those estimates with a grain of salt—they always seem slightly optimistic.
Along for the ride is a second laptop called the ATIV Book 9 Spin. The Spin ditches the 4K screen but sticks with a gentlemanly QHD+ resolution on a smaller 13.3-inch display. Also with 8GB and 256SSD, there not to much else different about the Spin from its more pricey big brother, other than its namesake— a 360-degree hinge that can contort into a tablet, “tent” mode, or just plain old laptop.
Samsung says these two new ATIV updates will be available in the US in November. We'll keep you updated when a UK specific release is confirmed.