Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite hands-on review

The Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite are the new generation of Samsung's Series 9 laptop. Read our Ativ Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Lite hands-on review to find out more.

Samsung's Series 9 laptop has always been one of our favourite MacBook Air rivals so we were keen to get our mits on the Ativ Book 9 Plus.

Design-wise, the device looks very similar with a thin aluminium uni-body. It's a 13.3in laptop measuring in at 13.6mm and 1.39kg. Like the Ativ Q, that touchscreen has a QHD+ resolution of 3200x1800 meaning a high pixel density of 275ppi. If you should want to, it folds completely flat but also locks at around 105 degrees so you don't push the screen back when using touch input.

We have yet to benchmark the Ativ Book 9 Plus, of course, but it comes with an Intel Haswell (4th-gen) processor and built-in HD 4400 graphics. This is backed up by up to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Samsung says it can boot up from cold in under six seconds.

Matching the latest MacBook Air model, Samsung touts a battery life of up to 12 hours. We look forward to testing this out in the lab.

As the name suggests, the Ativ Book 9 Lite is a lighter version of the Plus – but not in actual weight as its 16.9mm and 1.44kg.

It is lighter in terms of specs, though. The screen has a much lower resolution, a regular 1366 x 768 but it's still a touchscreen. It has a 'specially made' quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.4GHz and 4GB of RAM. It has the same 256GB SSD, though.

It too runs Windows 8 but Samsung said its battery life will reach 8.5 hours compared to 12. 

There are a couple of connectivity differences too; both have Micro HDMI, mini VGA and USB 3.0 but the Plus model comes with an SD card slot and a security lock slot.

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