Samsung introduced a bevy of products at its Premiere 2013 event last June, but today it has formally announced US launch details for two of them: the Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop and the Ativ Tab 3 tablet.
First up is the Ativ Book 9 Plus, which is Samsung’s high-end Macbook Air competitor. It’ll go up for pre-order on August 18 for $1400. The Windows 8 ultrabook’s most notable feature is its 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 resolution display, but it also packs a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive.
We’re assuming those specs will be upgradeable for a higher price, as Samsung originally detailed last June, but we’ve reached out to the company just to be sure and will update if we hear back.
(Update: Contrary to our hunches, Samsung tells us that the above configuration will be the only one available in the US at launch. American buyers won\’t be able to get up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage in their models, as initially advertised. The firm says that those upgrade options applied to the notebook\’s global announcement, but not today\’s US one.)
In any case, Samsung says the laptop’s panel can tilt back a full 180 degrees, and claims that it can boot up in six seconds and wake up in one. The notebook is thin and light too, at 0.54 inches and 3.06 pounds. One area of note is the Ativ Book 9 Plus’ battery life, which was originally said to be 12 hours but is now rated at 7.5 hours. We’ve reached out to Samsung for clarification here too.
(Update: Samsung tells us that the new battery life estimate is due to its testing on the Mobile Mark 12 benchmark, while the previous 12-hour estimate was based on Mobile Mark 07 testing. No reason was given for the change, but it doesn\’t appear as if Samsung has changed the Ativ Book 9 Plus\’ battery since its initial unveiling.)
Next, the Ativ Tab 3 will be available on September 1 for $700. That’s fairly expensive for a tablet, but Samsung says that the Windows 8 slate will have “the power of a PC.” It sports a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 788 resolution display, a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive.
Samsung is touting the Ativ Tab 3 as the thinnest Windows 8 tablet out there at 0.31 inches thick, and lists its weight at 1.28 pounds. The device comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and cover, S Pen functionality, and a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student, which would likely explain the uptick in price.
Both devices come with Samsung’s new “SlideSync” tech, which lets users move and edit content back and forth from their Samsung tablet or laptop to their Galaxy smartphone. For instance, if you wanted to answer a text on Ativ Book 9 Plus or edit a document on your Galaxy S4, you can do that after syncing the devices over Wi-Fi or through a USB cable.