After originally launching in North America with an Intel Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, Samsung is now releasing a second version of its ATIV Book 9 Plus with an Intel Core i74500U processor, 8 GB of memory, a 256 GB SSD and Windows 8.1. This ultra-slim laptop won't ship until early November, but customers can pre-purchase the laptop now for $1,800 USD.
As with the previous Core i5 model, the updated laptop will have a 13.3 inch LED-lit LCD screen with a massive resolution of 3200 x 1800, 10-point touch input, 350 nit SuperBright technology, and Gorilla Glass protection. The panel tilts back up to 180-degrees, rendering the form factor completely flat, and locks at approximately 110-degrees for a wobble-free touch experience.
As for other features, the laptop will have a built-in 720p webcam, a 3-in-1 card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone/microphone combo, miniVGA output and microHDMI output. The laptop will weigh a mere 3.06 pounds, and measure just 0.54 inches thick. It will also supposedly have a boot up time of up to 5.9 seconds and a wake time of up to 0.9 seconds.
The laptop will also provide Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an Ethernet dongle that plugs into a USB port for when Wi-Fi is not an option, and Intel HD 4400 graphics. The laptop's actual measurements will be 12.6 x 8.8 x 0.55 inches, and will ship in Mineral Ash Black, just like the previous Core i5-4200U model. The laptop's battery promises up to 11 hours on a single charge.
The current Core i5 model reportedly still continues to sell for around $1400.