The 2015 Samsung Ativ Book 9
shows us what Intel Core M laptops will be able to do: squeeze high-end specs into ridiculously light and thin packages with long battery life. How does it compare to one of the best Windows devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
? Let's line them up.
Samsung has unveiled two new systems that will be on show at CES next week. There’s a focus on displays, with a curved screen on the company’s new All-in-One and a pixel-dense LED panel on the ATIV Book 9 thin-and-light laptop. Both systems hit a high-end price point and are set for release in Q1 2015.
Say what you will about Microsoft, but you can't accuse the company of not having a plan. Windows 8
is a loud-and-clear statement about the future of the PC: it's touch-oriented, it's mobile, and it's convergent. The jury is still out on whether customers will wholeheartedly buy into that vision, but several recent devices at least give us more tangible examples of what that kind of future looks like. Let's compare two of the prime examples: Samsung's upcoming Ativ Q
and Microsoft's own Surface Pro
Microsoft's bold, mobile-centric vision for Windows 8
hasn't exactly been universally embraced. But now we might be getting a whiff of the kind of future the company was planning for. Enter the Samsung Ativ Q, a convertible x86 tablet with a thin build and an extremely high-resolution screen. Is this the future, or just another car that flies and floats?