Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus to launch Aug. 18 for $1,399

The high-res laptop will be available for pre-order in the U.S. starting Sunday, August 18.

Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Plus.
Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Plus. Samsung

Samsung is kicking off its Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop at a price tag of $1,399.

Popping up for pre-order in the U.S. on August 18, the Ativ Book 9 Plus offers a 13.3-inch screen with a hefty resolution of 3,200x1,800 pixels, prompting CNET to dub it "possibly the highest-resolution 13-inch laptop around."

Outfitted with Gorilla Glass, the display is 2.8 times sharper than a full HD screen, according to Samsung. The screen's SuperBright technology is rated at 350 nits, which means it's designed to hold its brightness even under sunny outdoor conditions.

The display panel can tilt back to 180 degrees and lock in at 110 degrees to provide a more solid touch-screen feel. Equipped with Windows 8, the Plus offers a ten-point multi-touch screen.

At the $1,399.99 price, the Plus is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and comes with a 128GB solid-state drive and 4GB of RAM. The battery is designed to last 7.5 hours on single charge.

Samsung also has a new Windows 8 tablet up its sleeve.

Samsung's Ativ Tab 3.
Samsung's Ativ Tab 3. Samsung

Selling for $699.99, the Ativ Tab 3 will be available to consumers starting September 1.

The new tablet offers a 10.1-inch five-point touch screen with a resolution of 1,366x768. An Intel Atom processor provides the power and a 64GB SSD provides the storage. A 720p camera adorns the front, while a 2-megapixel model is in the rear. And the battery offers 7 hours of life on a single charge.

Tab 3 buyers also get an S Pen stylus and a Bluetooth keyboard that can serve as a cover and kickstand. Samsung clams the Tab 3 is the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet at 0.31 inches thick and a weight of 1.28 pounds. The tablet comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student edition along with Samsung software designed to take advantage of the S Pen.

Finally, both the Book 9 Plus and Tab 3 can tap into Samsung's SideSync feature.

Geared toward owners of Samsung smartphones, SideSync lets you connect your phone with your Samsung laptop or tablet via USB cable or Wi-Fi. You can then run certain tasks across the different devices, such as texting on your phone from your PC's keyboard, viewing photos stored on your phone through your PC monitor, and moving files from one device to the other.

Read the full CNET Review

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

The Bottom Line: If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment. / Read full review

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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