Samsung's fanless 12.2'' notebook pairs Core M with WQXGA display

— 9:27 AM on December 31, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't begin until next year, but companies are already taking the wraps off their new hotness. Samsung has fired the first shot in the mobile space by announcing the latest incarnation of the Ativ Book 9, an ultra-slim 12.2" notebook equipped with Intel's Core M processor.

The 2015 edition of the Ativ Book 9 has an "all-aluminum" chassis that's 0.46" thick and 2.06 lbs. Inside lurks a Core M 5Y10C with dual Broadwell cores clocked up to 2GHz. According to The Verge, Samsung manages to keep the chip cool without the aid of fans. Credit the Core M's modest 4.5W thermal envelope for that feat—and for the notebook's battery life, which clocks in at "up to" 10.5 hours.

Although details on the display technology are curiously absent from the official press release, we know the screen boasts the same 2560x1600 resolution as typical 30" desktop monitors. On the Ativ's smaller 12.2" panel, that translates to a Retina-beating 247 PPI. The screen also has a "low-reflection coating" and an outdoor viewing mode that boosts the brightness to 700 cd/m².

There's even a little something for audio nerds: the Ativ Book 9 uses a Wolfson WM5102 codec with an SNR of 113 dB. Samsung claims the notebook delivers "professional studio-quality sound."

The Ativ Book 9 will be on display at CES, and it's already popped up for pre-order at Amazon. The base model comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage for $1199.99, while its higher-end sibling doubles both quantities for an extra $200. Amazon only lists the more premium config, which is tagged with a January 19 availability date.

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