Update 2/27/2015: This post has been updated with release information.
Ultrabooks have long been considered the elite of the laptop world, offering the perfect combination of versatility, productivity, and portability in one easy-to-manage package. Unfortunately until the past year, the trifecta of these elements has always come at a heavier-than-average price. Samsung is looking to break that pattern with its release of the new ATIV Book 9.
This new laptop offers up to a 256GB SSD to fit all your storage requirements (along with a subscription to Samsung’s cloud service for the extras), or a more than reasonable 128GB option in the base model. Both versions also have a 12.2” WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) LED display powered by an Intel HD Graphics 5300 internal chip.
The brand new Intel Core M-5Y10C keeps the system running at top speed while maintaining efficiency. Though not as quick as a “standard” Core processor, the chip helps Samsung keep the Blade 9’s dimensions down to a compact 11” x 8’ package.
The Book 9 is rated at 10.5 hours of battery life and weighs a feathery 2.09 pounds. Connectivity includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, a micro-HDMI video output, and one slot for your SD expansions needs.
The base model of the Book Blade 9 sells for $1,200 with 4GB of memory and a 128GB SSD, and jumps up from there to $1,400 for double the RAM and storage space, respectively.
All versions of the system will be compatible with Samsung’s SideSync, a utility that allows connectivity with the company’s phones. Owners of a Blade 9 and a compatible smartphone can use SideSync to send texts, share files and make phone calls with and from the laptop.
The ATIV Book 9 will be coming to retailers in the United States on March 1st.