Earlier tonight Samsung introduced a convertible featuring a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 display that runs both Windows 8 and Android. If the convertible form factor is a little too weird for you, Samsung also introduced an Ultrabook with the very same display.

Like many of the Ultrabooks announced in Taipei, the ATIV Book 9 Plus is a marriage of MacBook Air and rMBP. You get a form factor that's very similar to the 13-inch MBA, but with a display that's clearly aimed at the more expensive rMBP. Where the ATIV Book 9 Plus falls in pricing will be very interesting to see.

Internally, there's a familiar refrain: Core i5-4200U (Haswell ULT), DDR3L and an SSD. Like the ATIV Q, the SSD in this case is one of Samsung's own - the MZNTD128HAGM, a 6Gbps SATA M.2 drive. The machine ships with an integrated 55Wh battery and weighs 1.39 kg. Samsung claims up to 12 hours of battery life.

The notebook looked good in person. I'm a fan of the hidden SD card reader with spring loaded door. Just like we saw with the ATIV Q, the ATIV Book 9 Plus was running Windows 8 but I fully expect that it's meant for Windows 8.1's improved handling of high DPI displays.

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  • MatthiasP - Friday, June 21, 2013 - link

    I definitely hope they will put the HD 5000 in some of the models. Reply
  • B3an - Friday, June 21, 2013 - link

    Haswell can easily drive this res perfectly fine. It's not exactly hard. Don't know why idiots keep saying crap like this you should know better. Obviously gaming at native res will be impossible but no ones going to do that. Reply
  • ImmortalSamurai - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    It's MAGIC! #jazzhands #glitter Reply
  • w_km - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    What they should have made is a 4K monitor and sold it for $2000. Talk about potential profits...a--holes Reply
  • silenceisgolden - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    Really disappointed that this isn't 16:10. Otherwise I would have no doubts about getting one. Reply
  • Alketi - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    I am too. Still, 1600x900 is better than rMBP 1440x900.

    I'm also expecting we'll see a number of 1920x1080 Haswell options coming.
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  • BRImpulse - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    You mean the MacBook Air with 1440x900 right? The Retina MacBook Pro has a 2560x1600 display.

    But yeah, this laptop is a beast. I'm still really interested how they can get 12 hours of battery life with a display this dense if Apple gets 12 hours with a mere 1440x900 display.
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  • Alketi - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    Wrong resolution, but I meant the Pro.

    2560x1600, you're right, which is even worse because its "native" resolution is 1280x800.

    This thing is a beast. I don't see how it sells for less than $1600.
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  • karasaj - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    I believe the battery in the MBA is much smaller. Reply
  • BRImpulse - Thursday, June 20, 2013 - link

    Yeah that's another thing I'm really interested in: the price. Top of the line Ativ 9 looks to be about $1699, so I can't see this being any less than that. Which also means this is out of my budget and I'd probably be better off with a MacBook Air Haswell at this point I guess. Reply

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