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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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Underpowered Graphics
By aliasfox on 6/21/2013 9:31:11 AM , Rating: 3
The ATIV Book 9 Plus (I think they need a better name for it) looks like a nice entry into the retina-resolution field, assuming it lives up to its battery numbers and the screen/keyboard/trackpad are of decent quality. That said, the HD4400 graphics seem like a serious downside.

The MacBook Pro Retina 13" running an HD4000 feels jerkier/laggier than it ought to for a premium machine, and the HD4400 in the ATIV isn't much faster - in fact, with 40% more pixels to push than the 13" Retina (4MP vs 5.7MP display), the ATIV is liable to feel even slower. My understanding is both Mac OSX and Windows have hardware acceleration on the GUI, so there wouldn't be much advantage/disadvantage there.

Without a dedicated GPU, this class of laptop is likely to feel slow-ish for at least another generation, I imagine.

RE: Underpowered Graphics
By ritualm on 6/21/2013 3:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
What you said is wrong.

MBPRs renders your "perceived" screen resolution at four times its size before scaling it to fit 1600v (13") or 1800v (15"). On the 13", by default it increases 1280x800 to 2560x1600 and then scaling down to 2560x1600.

On the 15", the pre-scaledown resolutions become 2880x1800 (900v), 3360x2100 (1050v), 3840x2400 (1200v). Most of the lag people were complaining about had to do with the onboard CPU/GPUs rendering as much as 9.2MP per frame - not per second, per frame, as in frames-per-second - basically making Ivy Bridge (and Kepler) do more work than they're ever supposed to.

The ATIV renders at 3200x1800 without any of the Apple scaling algorithms. Haswell will be fine rendering 5.7MP.

RE: Underpowered Graphics
By aliasfox on 6/21/2013 5:08:58 PM , Rating: 2
Considering I was playing with it on its default mode (2560 x 1600 simulating 1280 x 800), I don't think I'm overstating what I'm saying. Playing with dock magnification, scrolling on content-heavy websites, and dragging windows around on screen all seemed to stutter slightly, or at least seem less smooth than performing similar actions on the MBA. Was it bearable/usable? Most definitely, but when one's paying $1500 for a premium machine (which the rMBP, ATIV, Kirabook, and Chromebook are), "bearable" and "usable" shouldn't be part of the experience - one should be thinking "fluid" and "smooth."

Now that's an HD4000 rendering 2560 x 1600 (then scaled). An HD4400 rendering 40% more pixels will have similar issues. The only way that it won't have similar issues is if it's rendering 1600 x 900 and scaling/pixel doubling, which then defeats the purpose of ultra high res.

Don't get me wrong, I want these things to succeed - I'm keenly waiting for the next gen rMBP 13" to come out - similarly optioned, an rMBP is nearly the same price as a MBA 13", but with a glorious high-res IPS display. I just don't want to pay that much for a computer that feels like it's already struggling.

RE: Underpowered Graphics
By ritualm on 6/21/2013 5:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know how you feel. These "premium" laptops need to have smoother performance than they have now.

I wouldn't be surprised if a few years from now we get true 4K on a laptop, only to come back here and complain how it's too jerky and whatnot because the hardware and software can't handle 4K at 30fps.

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