Monday, July 15, 2013

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite touches down in US stores July 28

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite touches down in US stores July 28

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite touches down in US stores July 28

Samsung isn't just appealing to customers of all shapes and sizes with its Android smartphones - the Korean manufacturer is now adding a more affordable option to its Windows 8 notebook lineup as well.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced U.S. availability for the Ativ Book 9 Lite, the latest iteration of the company's PC line powered by Windows 8.

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite will land in retail stores on July 28th for a suggested retail price of $ 799.99 in either Mineral Ash Black or Marble White; online preorders are now available for an unexplained $ 30 more, with delivery estimated for August 9th.

"With the Ativ Book 9 Lite, we created a device that fits the needs of a larger consumer base, while preserving the remarkable design and overall experience delivered by the Book 9 lineage," Samsung Electronics America's Senior Vice President of Consumer IT Product Marketing Mike Abary said.

Made for touch

Samsung's included SideSync technology offers seamless integration with the company's tablet and smartphone products just by connecting them with a USB cable, allowing the Ativ Book 9 Lite to respond to text messages, view multimedia content and even edit files with drag-and-drop ease.

Despite the Book 9 branding, this Ativ Lite actually sports a 13. 3-inch, 1366 x 768 LCD display which just so happens to be a 10-point capacitive touchscreen capable of handling input from both hands at once.

Ativ Book 9 Lite is powered by a quad-core processor capable of up to 1.4GHz with AMD Radeon Graphics, 128GB of solid-state storage, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 720pHD camera perfect for video chat.

Weighing only 3.48 pounds, the latest Book 9 is compact (only 12.76" x 8.82" x 0.69") and capable of up to 5.5 hours battery life - although that's still well short of Apple's latest MacBook Air models.

Check out our hands-on review of Samsung's new Ativ Book 9 Plus!


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