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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: 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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