Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

January 27, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite (NP915S3G) Ultrabook
Street Price

The term "ultrabook" was coined by Intel to brand/promote a new generation of light and thin notebooks powered by Intel's low power Core processors and equipped with SSDs and unibody chassis. With many consumers moving toward phones and tablets as alternatives, the initiative was an attempt to make notebooks sexy again, to emulate Apple's success with the popular Macbook Air. Of course the craze for sleek mobile PCs didn't start there but can be traced back to ultra-portables utilizing ultra-low voltage Core 2's, and before that, the Atom-powered netbooks that exploded onto the scene in 2007~2008.

Today, ultrabook isn't so much of a standard as it is a loose concept that can be used to describe just about any notebook. I've seen 5 lb machines with 15 inch screens and traditional hard drives promoted as such. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite pays homage to the original ultrabook specification but with one big caveat. Rather than an Intel processor, it's powered by an AMD APU based on their latest Jaguar architecture.

Specifications: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite
(from the product web page)
Category ATIV Book 9 Lite
Usage Slim & Light
Color Marble White
OS Windows 8 (64-bit)
Processor CPU: AMD Quad-Core Processor Optimized for Samsung
Speed (GHz): Up to 1.40
CPU Cache: 2MB L2
Display LCD Size: 13.3"
Type: LED HD
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Touch Screen: Yes (10 Point Capacitive)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
System Memory Configuration: 4GB x 1 (On Board)
Type: DDR3
Max. System Memory: 4GB
RAMaccelerator: Yes
Storage Capacity: 128GB
Technology: SSD
Interface: SATA3
Graphics Chipset: AMD Radeon™ Graphics
External or Integrated: Integrated
Max. Memory: Shared
Sound & Camera Speaker: 1.5W x 2
Audio Type: HD Audio
Sound Effect: SoundAlive™
Web Cam: 720p HD
Internal Mic: Yes
Wireless Wireless LAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Antenna: 1 x 1
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
I/O Ports VGA: Yes (Available only with dongle sold separately)
Headphone Out: Yes (Headphone/Mic combo)
Microphone In: Yes (Headphone/Mic combo)
USB Ports (Total): 1 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0
Sleep-and-Charge USB: Yes
Multi Card Slot: 3- in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
RJ45 (LAN): Gigabit Wired Ethernet LAN with included dongle
Input Devices Touch Pad / Track Point: Touch Pad (Multi-Gesture Support)
Number of Keys: 80
Power AC Adapter: 40W
Number of Cells / Cell Type: 2 Cell / Li-Po
Watt Hours: 30Wh
Battery Life: Up to 5.5 hours
Test Used: Mobile Mark 2012
Security & Safety Security Slot: Yes (with slim type adapter)
BIOS / HDD Password: Yes
Included in Box Accessories: AC Adapter, LAN Dongle
Software: SideSync, HomeSync Lite, S Apps
(L x W x H, Inch)
12.76" x 8.82" x 0.69"
Weight (lb.) 3.48 lb.
Warranty 1 Year Standard Parts and Labor
Disclaimer Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, power management settings, applications used, and wireless settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. Test results based on independent third party testing.

The Book 9 Lite is a budget ultrabook, retailing for about US$650, which is about $50~$100 less than most Intel ultrabooks with comparable specifications. Switching to AMD seems like a cost-cutting move, an alternative to leaving the machine without an SSD or a touchscreen in order to get the full benefit of Windows 8. The system is powered by the A6-1450, an 8W quad-core 1.0 GHz (up to 1.4 GHz with Turbo Core) chip and Radeon HD 8250 graphics with 128 shader cores.

The ATIV Book 9 Lite.

At 3.5 lb and well under an inch thick, the Book 9 Lite conforms to the physical ultrabook aesthetic. It has a white plastic chassis, a 13.3 inch LCD with a resolution of 1366x768 and supports 10-point multi-touch. It's also equipped with a 128GB Samsung SSD, 4GB of RAM, a 30 Wh battery, 720p webcam, 1.5W stereo speakers, wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, and a SD card slot. HDMI output and gigabit ethernet are available as well but adapters are required as the ports have been miniaturized to fit its sleek form.

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