Samsung announces price and availability of the ATIV Book 9 Lite in the US
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First featured at Samsung's Premiere event last month, the ATIV Book 9 Lite is a lower cost alternative to the South Korean company's upcoming ATIV Book 9 Plus ultrabook.
The new device features a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 10 point capacitive LED touchscreen, an AMD A6 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, Windows 8, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal memory, a mini VGA port, a micro HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, 802.11 b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, a gigabit ethernet port, and a 3-in-1 multi card slot.
The laptop meets most of the recently updated requirements for the ultrabook category other than the processor and battery life. For this lower cost product, Samsung opted for a cheaper AMD chip instead of the ultrabook standard Intel Core. The processor in turn is less power efficient than a new Haswell chip and results in mediocre battery life (5.5 hours).
All in all these are very functional specs and excellent connectivity options in a light (3.48 pounds) and compact design (12.76" x 8.82" x 0.69").
The ATIV Book 9 Lite is available for pre-order now in white or black, and will be in stores on July 27th. Prices start at US$799, though Samsung's own online store has it listed at US$829.99.