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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite hands-on review: Windows 8 laptops


Manufacturer: Samsung

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite are the new generation of Samsung's Series 9 laptop. Read our Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite hands-on review to find out more.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus (reviewed here) and Book 9 Lite are the new generation of Samsung's Series 9 laptop. Read our Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite hands-on review to find out more.

Samsung's Series 9 laptop has always been one of our favourite MacBook Air rivals so we were keen to get our mits on the Ativ Book 9 Plus.

Design-wise, the device looks very similar with a thin aluminium uni-body. It's a 13.3in laptop measuring in at 13.6mm and 1.39kg. Like the Ativ Q, that touchscreen has a QHD+ resolution of 3200x1800 meaning a high pixel density of 275ppi. If you should want to, it folds completely flat but also locks at around 105 degrees so you don't push the screen back when using touch input.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Windows 8 laptop

We have yet to benchmark the Ativ Book 9 Plus, of course, but it comes with an Intel Haswell (4th-gen) processor and built-in HD 4400 graphics. This is backed up by up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Samsung says it can boot up from cold in under six seconds.

Matching the latest MacBook Air model, Samsung touts a battery life of up to 12 hours. We look forward to testing this out in the lab.

As the name suggests, the Ativ Book 9 Lite is a lighter version of the Plus – but not in actual weight as its 16.9mm and 1.44kg.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite

It is lighter in terms of specs, though. The screen has a much lower resolution, a regular 1366 x 768 but it's still a touchscreen. It has a 'specially made' quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.4GHz and 4GB of RAM. It has the same 256GB SSD, though.

It too runs Windows 8 but Samsung said its battery life will reach 8.5 hours compared to 12.  

There are a couple of connectivity differences too; both have Micro HDMI, mini VGA and USB 3.0 but the Plus model comes with an SD card slot and a security lock slot.

Price is likely to be a key difference but Samsung hasn't told us how much the laptops will cost. They will be out later this year and we'll bring you full reviews as soon as we can.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and Ativ Book 9 Lite: Specs




ATIV Book 9 Lite






3200 X 1800 (Touch screen)

1366 x 768(Touch screen with factory option)



Windows 8

Windows 8


Core i5/i7 ULT

Quad Core Processor (up to 1.4 GHz)


Intel HD Graphics 4400



Max 8GB



Up to 256GB SSD

Up to 256GB SSD


720p HD

720p HD

Battery Life

Battery Life







(Non-TSP)/17.4mm (TSP)



1.44Kg(Non-touch)/ 1.58Kg(touch)


Ash Black

Ash Black/ White

I/O Ports

USB Ports

2xUSB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA,

RJ45(Dongle), SD, HP/Mic,

Slim Security Lock

1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, RJ45(Dongle)

, HP/Mic, 3 in 1 Card Reader

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

We like the new generation of Samsung's Series 9 laptop. Once we have pricing and some all-important benchmarks we'll bring you full reviews of the Ativ Book 9 Plus and Ativ Book 9 Lite.

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