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Samsung launches new portable and desktop computers

Samsung has announced that it has added some new computers to its ATIV lineup. The new machines include the ATIV Book 9 Plus, ATIV Book 9 Lite, and the ATIV One 5 Style. The 9 Plus is a premium PC with an aluminum unibody and a Windows 8 optimized touchscreen.

It features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 and a battery promising 12 hours of use per charge thanks to Haswell technology. The machine promises to boot up from cold in less than 6 seconds and wake up from sleep mode in under 1 second.


The ATIV Book 9 Plus has processor options including an Intel Core i5 or i7 ULT. Graphics are handled by Intel HD Graphics 4400 and the machine can be fitted with a maximum of 8 GB of RAM. Storage is up to 256 GB via a SSD and it has an integrated 720p resolution web cam.

The ATIV Book 9 Lite is more of a mainstream computer that still features cutting-edge technology and a 10-point multi-touch screen. It has a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. That screen supports touch input and the quad-core processor runs at up to 1.4 GHz. It can be fitted with 4 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. The battery promises 8.5 hours of use per charge.


The Samsung ATIV One 5 Style is a desktop all-in-one PC featuring the GALAXY design aesthetic. It features a 21.5-inch full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 touchscreen and is the first all-in-one launched since the ATIV brand expanded. The machine uses an AMD A6 quad-core processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. The machine has up to 1 TB of storage space and an integrated web cam.


Pricing and availability on all of the new ATIV computers is unknown at this time.

Source: Samsung



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RE: Screen real estate
By SAN-Man on 6/21/2013 9:07:52 AM , Rating: 0
Did Shane mention the Lite was an APU or did I miss that in the article?

For me 1200 is the minimum vertical resolution. I was OK with 768 in 1998 but that was 15 years ago.

Heck, even my 10" Asus Transformer is 1920x1200 and it was (comparatively) cheap at $500 (bought at release last fall). I've seen them for $350 now. That's an entire computer. These companies could put the high resolutions screens in, they just don't want to (cheap).


RE: Screen real estate
By drumsticks on 6/21/2013 9:14:20 AM , Rating: 2
Except it runs Android... which is a completely different usage scenario.

I don't argue that 16:10 is nice to work with, but when literally the entire world except apple has moved mostly away from it, I don't know why people bother.

I would rather have a 900P or 1080P workstation with windows than whatever resolution the Nexus 10 is running Android.


RE: Screen real estate
By SAN-Man on 6/21/2013 9:22:54 AM , Rating: 2
Different? Yes.

Completely different? No.

And the usage scenario, whatever it may be, is unrelated to the screen hardware IMO.


RE: Screen real estate
By karimtemple on 6/21/2013 9:33:36 AM , Rating: 5
16:10 is a lot better for reading and I really prefer it for both desktop and phone. There's no reason whatsoever to make the display skinnier and kill off real estate.

For the middle (tablet, 8" - 10"), 4:3 is even better. That's something Apple did get right.


RE: Screen real estate
By ritualm on 6/21/2013 3:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't argue that 16:10 is nice to work with, but when literally the entire world except apple has moved mostly away from it, I don't know why people bother.

I would rather have a 900P or 1080P workstation with windows than whatever resolution the Nexus 10 is running Android.

Content creation highly favors 16:10, not 16:9. The extra vertical real estate afforded by 16:10 gives you room for editing controls, menus and other UI elements, while displaying content at full size.

Most Hollywood movies are formatted 21:9, and must be shrunk and cropped to fit into 16:9.

So the only reason everyone except Apple moved to 16:9 is because it is cheaper. It isn't technologically superior. That is why going from 1200v to 1080p is a downgrade, period.


RE: Screen real estate
By retrospooty on 6/21/2013 9:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
"I was OK with 768 in 1998 but that was 15 years ago."

Exactly... I would buy anything with that res even on a 7 inch tablet today... Unless it was as a gift to an elderly person with really bad eyesight.


RE: Screen real estate
By karimtemple on 6/21/2013 9:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/20/4449124/samsung-...

There are some articles from different sources talking about how the Lite model uses an AMD A6 part. It's Kabini-based.

Honestly this would normally mean they can fit great screens and stuff into the budget, having saved hundreds of dollars on the BoL just by not using Intel. I think this was a logistical decision. High-res screens don't grow on trees (yet).


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