Samsung launches the ATIV Book Plus and ATIV Book Lite laptops
Along with many other impressive new products like the ATIV Q convertible and a host of Galaxy phone variants, Samsung showed off two new laptops at their premiere event in London on Thursday: The ATIV Book Plus and the ATIV Book Light.
The Plus is Samsung's newest ultrabook and it's a strong new contender in that category. While not as light as Sony's new Vaio Pro 13, the new ATIV ultrabook only weights 3.06 pounds and is a little thinner at 0.53 inches. More importantly it also offers a 13.3-inch qHD+ 3200 x 1800 display which puts it right at the top of the resolution rankings. The new ultra-portable runs on an Intel Haswell processor (Core i5 or i7) and features 8 GB RAM, up to 256 GB internal memory, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-VGA port, a micro-HDMI port, and a very impressive 12 hours of battery life.
The Light, on the other hand, is more of a budget laptop than an ultrabook. But despite Samsung introducing it as an “value” model, it is only 0.66 inches thick and weights just 3.17 pounds. As expected, the screen resolution is considerably lower but still a reasonable 13.3-inch 1366 x 768. The ATIV Light will be powered by an unspecified quad core 1.4 GHz processor (rumored to be an AMD) and will feature up to 256 GB internal storage, the same ports as the Plus, and 8.5 hours of battery life.
Both laptops are expected to go on sale around the world in Q3 of this year. The Plus will only be available with a standard aluminum finish, while the Light will be offered in black, white, or red. Prices have not yet been announced.