Samsung details launch of Ativ Book 9 Plus Ultrabook laptop, Ativ Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet

Samsung details launch of Ativ Book 9 Plus Ultrabook laptop, Ativ Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet

Summary: The MacBook Pro competitor goes up for pre-order on August 18 for $1,400, while the new tablet will be released on September 1 for $699.99.


Samsung introduced us to the Ativ Book 9 Plus Ultrabook back in June, but now the company has provided more details about its forthcoming rollout. The tech giant has also announced the new Ativ Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet.

The Ativ Book 9 Plus laptop is a Windows 8 answer to the MacBook Pro, complete with a super-high-res Gorilla Glass screen. The display packs 3,200x1,800 resolution into its 13.3 inches, which beats the similarly sized Retina display's 2,560x1,600. At 0.53 inches and 3.1 pounds, it's also thinner and lighter than the equivalent Apple notebook. (Its other specs are similar: Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drive) But perhaps most notably, it will cost $100 less than the cheapest Retina display MacBook Pro -- $1,399.99 -- when it becomes available for pre-order on August 18.


The 10.1-inch Ativ Tab 3 is being touted by Samsung as the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet at just 0.31 inches thick (and 1.28 pounds). In comparison. the newest iPad is 0.37 inches thick and 1.44 pounds. It uses an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, and comes with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of solid-state storage. Its resolution is not Retina-quality, however, at 1,366x768. It does include a S Pen digital stylus, as well as a cover with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard and kickstand. Samsung also throws in Microsoft Office Home & Student version. The Ativ Tab 3 will go on sale on September 1 for $699.99.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Laptops, Samsung, Windows

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  • It looks like great haedware

    but being stuck with Windows 8 is a deal breaker for me. Have absoutely NO interest in being locked into a Metro UI.
    Over and Out
    • You are not a prisoner

      You are not locked into Metro. I have Win 8 and rarely spend any time in Metro. There are many free programs to bypass seeing Metro at all. If I used a laptop or tablet, this would be different. Win 8 is the most stable version of Windows I have ever used. Its big, but also fast. Not a single crash in 9 months since I bought the computer.
      • Don't bother responding

        This person has said the same thing on other blog posts. They are just an Apple or Android/Linux plant who has never even looked at a "metro" device. It really isn't worth commenting back to someone like this.
        • BruinB88....PS old yor worth coming back on

          I ran W-p pre release even paid the $40.00, changed my mind on keeping what I consider a ugly UI for the desktop and am currently running W-8.1 on a seperate drive because I can. 8.1 is a improvement over 8.0 because of improved overall features. Will I keep it, only time will tell.

          Responding to your post was probably a waste of my time.

          End Of Story
          Over and Out
      • Re: You are not locked into Metro

        You can check out any time, but you can never leave.
    • As long as it comes with

      Windows 8 pro you have downgrade rights to windows 7.
      Sam Wagner
  • Windows consumers are not the same as Apples

    When Intel dreamed up of Ultrabooks, I knew it would be a tough sell. Windows customers are different from Apples. Windows customers are mostly value customers. They want inexpensive computing, they are not going to rush out and buy $1000 Ultrabooks just because the specs are great. Apple products are premium and are heavily marketed products. Apple customers buy into a dreamland of luxury.

    By the way, my co-worker has a Macbook. She spends her time talking about how beautiful the case is. She never says anything about ease of use of OSX, the wonderful integration of software and hardware, the sharp display. NOPE, she loves that beautiful case!
    • Not so much value, as is inexpensive

      The value of a Mac is high, but they are not inexpensive.

      There is a difference between the two.

      You are correct, someone who buys a $400 pc is not going to buy a $1,400 one.

      This is the problem that the race to the bottom creates. Most consumers are not able to see the value in a higher end machine, so they just call it expensive. Yet it is these very same high end machines which drive the technological innovation. When those become a hard sell because consumers no longer place value on spending more we see stagnation. This happened last holiday season where people were not interested in spending a few hundred dollars more for a touch screen laptop, so vendors did not really make as many. Thus lower sales for Windows 8.

      Which by the way was also why publishers wanted ebooks more than the $9.99 Amazon was selling them for.
      • RE: Not about value but affordability

        There has been a depression going on for the last 6 years. Finally some of the jobs lost are being replaced. Problem is the new jobs are of the minimum wage, no benefit, no security type. The "race to the bottom" is a symptom of the disease not the disease itself.
        • Re: The "race to the bottom" is a symptom of the disease not the disease it

          On the contrary. The wages going down is a race to the bottom too. With the same effect as computer prices going down.

          It is not that computers should be expensive. It is that one should refrain from making computers too cheap, because then at some point they will be unable to add more value in the same price envelope. Nobody has ever been able to produce an computer similar to what Apple does for lover price (at the same time, not a year after) -- this must say a lot.
          • Are you kidding me?

            danbi, you're over generalizing pc/mac owners completely you make it sound like a mac owner would never purchase non-apple hardware.

            I doubt I am in the minority as an owner of a variety of brands of computer hardware that runs a variety of operating systems. I own a 27" iMac, Thinkpad and Samsung Chromebook. I love the build quality, durability and reliability of my Thinkpad. I love the high resolution and vibrant screen on my iMac. I love that the chromebook has such a great keyboard, matte screen and is so lightweight. I've spent over two grand on my iMac and Thinkpad and only two hundred something dollar chromebook.

            Macbooks are quite fragile and unreliable when compared to my Thinkpad, my 2010 macbook pro ran very hot and would reboot losing any unsaved work I was working on, my Thinkpad has never done this, not even once.

            You've no idea what you are talking about, please do the rest of the community a favor and shut the hell up. Thanks.
    • value doesn't mean cheap.

      It means (as a windows/linux user) I want most of my computing dollars being directly spent on CPU, Drives, memory, GPU, etc; not some vendor's 40% margin goal.

      First windows computer I bought was nearly $4,000; and I don't regret having paid that.
    • Re: She never says anything about ease of use of OSX

      She never does that, because for her this is all assumed. She is apparently impressed that besides the beautiful integration of everything integral, Apple spent time with the external details and beauty as well.

      This highlights the key difference between Windows and Mac users. Mac users are accustomed to no-compromise solutions, while Windows users are happy when the thing boots. Windows users are focused on keeping the Tamagochi alive, while mac users -- on what they do, considering the computer merely a tool in what the *person* does.
  • ATIV tablet

    I mentioned that tablet in another thread. If Samsung releases a similar Bay Trail followup it's going to be a killer device.

    I realize that most consumers these days prefer Apple and Android's tablet offerings, but I've got to say: if you're still into Windows, or you need to use it for work purposes, it really would appear to me that we're right on the cusp of some really, really amazing hardware releases.
    • Ativ Tab 2

      Seems rather overpriced for an Atom Tablet, compared to completing options.
      Does the keyboard case come with that, or extra?
      • Keyboard

        From what I've been reading, the keyboard case and Office Home and Student are both included. That makes it a much more palatable option, IMHO.
    • True

      But I would much rather there be a vein of Windows tablets that use the 4:3 aspect ratio. It is very helpful in reading books (in my context, academic books). The 16:9 is good for movies and surfing etc., but the former is - in my view - essential for reading purposes. Unfortunately, the only capable tablet with that aspect ratio is the iPad. If there was one for Windows I'd be over it in a second!
  • Windows 8 machines priced over $1000

    Not an easy sell.
  • If Samsung would scrap the huge hard-drive and build a thin client

    With most of its Apps on the mCloud and student versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint available for free then that would be an impressive back to school special.... Like a ChromeBook.
    • As an alternative

      Samsung could also dispense with Office and hand out Office 365 licenses (say, for 2 years) and save some disk space!