Ultra-high pixel densities are already a fact of life in tablets, and now, they're finally starting to propagate in the laptop world. The latest example of this trend? Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus. As Engadget reports, a variant of the system with a 13.3" 3200x1800 touch screen is coming out later this month.
I'm not seeing the system listed at Amazon or Newegg, but it is available for pre-order at B&H. The e-tailer charges $1,399.99, including shipping, and expects to ship the machine on August 20. That price tag gets you a 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8. It looks like the system is just 0.5" thick and weighs only 2.56 lbs, as well.
I can't speak to the build quality of the machine, but $1,400 sounds like a pretty sweet deal considering the specs. The closest competitor I can think of is Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display, which starts at $1,499 with a lower, 2560x1600 display resolution and an older Ivy Bridge processor (albeit one with a higher clock speed). The MacBook Pro is also thicker and heavier, at 0.75" and 3.57 lbs.
Now, all Samsung needs to do is serve up a slightly less insane pixel density in a sub-$1,000 notebook, and I'll be set for my next upgrade.
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