Battle of the ultra-high-res laptops: Samsung Ativ Book 9 specs vs. the world

How does Samsung's latest ultra-high-resolution Ultrabook stack up?

Brace yourselves: The death of the pixel is coming.

As consumers look to cheap tablets for their basic computing needs, PC makers are putting more effort into creating luxury machines to compete with Apple's MacBooks. The idea is that if you're only going to buy one PC for serious productivity, it might as well be a dream machine--and a big part of that ideal is manifest in the ultra-high-resolution displays we're starting to see on the streets.

Soon, a wave of laptops with ultra-high-resolution displays, thin and light designs, and long battery life will be hitting store shelves. Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus, announced on Thursday, is just the latest example.

How do all these luxury laptops compare? We've created a chart, pitting the ATIV Book 9 Plus against Acer's Aspire S7, Asus' Zenbook Infinity, Toshiba's KiraBook, Google's Chromebook Pixel and Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Price

Display size (inches)

Display resolution

Processor

Storage

Weight and thickness

Rated battery life

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Unknown

13.3

3200-by-1800 (276 ppi)

Intel Core i5 or i7 (Haswell)

Up to 256GB

3.06 lbs / 0.53 in.

12 hours

Acer Aspire S7 (2013)

$1400 and up

13.3

2560-by-1440 (220 ppi)

Intel Core i5 or i7 (Haswell)

128GB

2.87 lbs / 0.51 in.

7 hours

Asus Zenbook Infinity

Unknown

13.3

2500-by-1600 (223 ppi)

Intel Core i7 (Haswell)

Unknown

Unknown / 0.61 in.

Unknown

Toshiba KiraBook

$1600 and up

13.3

2560-by-1440 (221 ppi)

Intel Core i5 or i7 (Ivy Bridge)

256GB

2.66 lbs to 2.97 lbs / 0.7 in.

6 hours

Google Chromebook Pixel

$1300 (Wi-Fi); $1450 (LTE)

12.85

2560-by-1700 (239 ppi)

Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)

32GB

3.35 lbs / 0.64 in.

5 hours

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

$1500 and up

13.3

2560-by-1600 (227 ppi)

Intel Core i5 or i7 (Ivy Bridge)

128GB or 256GB

3.57 lbs / 0.75 in.

7 hours

Some takeaways:

  • None of the laptops running Intel's Haswell processors are available yet, but at this point, you're better off waiting for the superior battery life these laptops will deliver. (A Haswell upgrade for Apple's MacBook Pro laptops will probably come later this year as well.)
  • Samsung promises the best battery life and screen resolution of all the PC makers, but how much those specs will cost is unknown. The company is working on a "Lite" model of the ATIV Book 9 with a lower screen resolution, bulkier chassis and weaker specs.
  • The Chromebook Pixel is actually the cheapest of the bunch, but of course it only makes sense if you're okay doing 100 percent of your work in a Web browser.
  • While it seems possible for PC makers to achieve MacBook Air-like thicknesses with their high-resolution laptops, it's not cheap to do so. That may explain why Apple held off on Retina displays for this year's MacBook Air refresh.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleAppleintelacersamsunghardware systemstoshibalaptopsdisplaysComponentsSamsung Electronicsultrabooks

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?