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ATIV Book 9
930X5J model (15.6")
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite (White).jpg
ATIV Book 9 2015 Edition
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Type Laptop/Notebook
Release date January 6, 2011 (2011-01-06) (original release)
March 2015 (2015-03) (current release)
Retail availability March 4, 2011 (2011-03-04)
Website www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs

The ATIV Book 9 is a brand for group of computers that are part of ATIV laptop computer product line from Samsung Electronics Inc. Book 9 is the flagship product of ATIV line up and is designed with performance and portability in mind. All models come with either Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs and solid-state drive(SSD) storage. The thinnest model of being 13.6 mm (0.54 in) thickness, ATIV Book 9 is among the thinnest laptop computers in the world. A group of Book 9 models come with different specifications. As of February, 2014, there are three 13-inch models and two 15-inch models in the ATIV Book 9 line up. Book 9 Plus model has a 13.3" touchscreen panel with qHD+[note 1] (3200 x 1800) resolution display and aluminum single-shell body. Book 9 consists of 13.3" display size model with FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution and magnesium enclosure, and 15.6" display size model with FHD resolution display with single-shell body. Two additional models with plastic enclosure is also offered; Book 9 Lite with 13.3" HD resolution display and Book 9 Style with 15.6" FHD resolution display. An updated version was released in 2015 The ATIV Book 9, Book 9 Pro, Book 9 Plus and Book 9 Spin.

History[edit]

First Generation[edit]

The first Book 9 was introduced as Series9 at January 6, 2011 at the Consumer Electronics Show(CES) on and won the Best of CES award in the Laptop category.[1] It featured world's first enclosure that is made out of aerospace grade duralumin[2] with 16.3 mm (0.64 in) thickness and 1.31 kg (2.89 lb) in weight. The first model had Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB[note 2] solid-state drive(SSD) and a 13.3" HD (1366 x 768) display with 300 nit of brightness.


On May 4, 2011, Samsung Electronics also introduced 11.6" display version of the Series9 in Korea market. It had same design identity, specification and exterior material as the 13.3" model except the display size and CPU of Intel Core i3-380UM. The thickness remained the same but the weight was lighter at 1.06 kg (2.34 lb). Two months later, an updated CPU version with Intel Core i5-2537M was introduced to the Korean market to test the market perception of a smaller screen laptop. The original intention was to compete against MacBook Air line up with same screen size models, but due to sluggish demand of smaller screen size model, the 11-inch model was ceased by the end of the year and consequently, the global release was canceled as well. Newly developed 15-inch model superseded the 11-inch model in order to meet the larger-screen preference of the Korean market and later, it was introduced worldwide.

Second Generation[edit]

The second generation of Series9 was announced to the public at the CE Show on January 8, 2012.[3] The new model had same display size of 13.3" but the resolution was stepped up from HD (1366 x 768) to HD+ (1600 x 900) and the brightness was increased from 300 nit to 400 nit. Design was refined and the material of the enclosure was changed from duralumin to aluminium single-shell body. Subsequently, the weight was reduced from 1.31 kg (2.89 lb) to 1.13 kg (2.49 lb) and the thickness was reduced from 16.3 mm (0.64 in) to 12.9 mm (0.51 in). The user was offered a choice of 128GB SSD as well as larger 256GB SSD for the storage. It was introduced with Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor at the CE Show but 3 months later, it was upgraded to the Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor before the hitting the market. Magnesium enclosure version with exact same design was also released in August 2012. Although the second generation Series9 didn't win the Best of CE Show award as its predecessor had, it was the final contender in the laptop category.[4]

In March 2012, the 15.0" display version of the Series9 was announced to the market with HD+ resolution display. It had same specification as its 13.3" counterpart but introduced to the market with Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor from the beginning. The Magnesium enclosure version was also introduced in July 2012.

Third Generation[edit]

At the beginning of 2013, Samsung Electronics changed the marketing name of all of its computer line up to ATIV and consequently, Series9 became ATIV Book 9. Between March and April 2013, all the models with 13.3" displays were upgraded from HD+ to FHD (1920 x 1080).

On June 20, 2013, during the "Samsung Premiere 2013: Galaxy & ATIV"[5] event at London, ATIV Book 9 Plus and ATIV Book 9 Lite was introduced to public. Book 9 Plus featured Haswell Intel Core i5 processor and 13.3" qHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution display with touchscreen panel. Although it was equipped with qHD+ display, initial advertisement showed it as having FHD resolution display due to lack of qHD+ driver support of Windows 8.0. This issue has been resolved with the arrival of Windows 8.1 and all Book 9 Plus models currently have an option to choose qHD+ resolution once the Windows 8.1 is installed even though the previous advertisement showed FHD in its specification.


Book 9 Lite has plastic enclosure but it still retains the "Thin & Light" design identity of Book 9 family. It is equipped with AMD quad-core A6-1450 APU with Radeon HD8250 GPU and HD resolution display. The performance of the APU was relatively low but the overall speed was compensated by the SSD. It was marketed toward casual computer users who mainly use the device for web browsing and email checking, not computation-intensive application users.


On January 7, 2014, Samsung Electronics announced the new ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition at CES 2014. The screen size was increased from 15.0" to 15.6" from the previous 15 inch Book 9 and the resolution was upgraded from HD to FHD as well. It was announced as the world's first laptop PC to have native lossless audio up to 24bit/192 kHz, such as FLAC and ALAC, playback feature. Due to 48 kHz audio playback limitation of Windows operating system, a dedicated lossless audio player software, S Player+, was also developed and shipped with the product. It also marketed as having the longest battery running time of 14 hours in 15-inch class laptop computers.[6] This model also was a final contender to the throne at the Best of CE Show laptop category.[7] Although announced in January 2014, it had not yet marketed, till end of May 2014.


Later in the same month, Book 9 Style, another 15 inch Book 9 was introduced to the Korean market. It had similar design and specification as Book 9 2014 Edition, except having plastic enclosure and lack of lossless sound playback feature. However, it was equipped with two powerful speakers with 4W of output each. Also the exterior has leather-like texture finish with faux stitch design on the edge of the computer.

All the new Book 9 models that are announced in 2014 include new features such as high current USB port for tablet charging, AptX codec for high quality audio transmission over Bluetooth, Dolby Virtual 5.1 surround sound effect and remote controllable audio port.

Design[edit]

The main design philosophy of ATIV Book 9 is "Thin & Light" and the design motive came from bent sheet of a paper to hint its thin and lightness.[8] In order to make the product durable while maintaining the light weight, aerospace grade duralumin was chosen for enclosure. The design philosophy and the motive remained the same during the second and third iteration of the design but the material was changed to aluminium due to better manufacturability and easiness of putting fine details. Later, a magnesium variant was also added to offer an even lighter option.


Initially, the line up included 11-inch screen-size model and 13-inch screen-size model but the 11-inch version was dropped by the end of 2011 due to the low popularity in Korean market. Instead, 15-inch model superseded 11-inch one in early 2012. The screen size was slightly increased from 15.0 inch to 15.6 inch in 2014 but the thickness remained the same at 14.9 mm (0.59 in).

The first plastic enclosure version with 13-inch screen, Book 9 Lite, was added to the line up in 2013. It had similar design identity with other models in the line up, it was configured to have low cost CPU with plastic exterior in order to meet the demand from those who preferred the sleek design of Book 9 yet conscious about budget. The 15-inch version of the Book 9 Lite was released to the market in 2014 with the marketing name of "Book 9 Style", however, this model had same configuration as Book 9 2014 Edition in terms of performance.

Awards[edit]

Specifications[edit]

13-inch models[edit]

Discontinued Current
13-inch models
Release Date 3/4/2011 2/16/2012 5/9/2012 7/30/2012 3/17/2013 6/4/2013 7/27/2013 8/22/2013 1/6/2014 1/9/2014
Model No. NP900X3A NP900X3B NP900X3C NP900X3D NP900X3E NP900X3F NP905S3G NP940X3G NP910S3G NP900X3G
Processor Intel Core i5-2537M Intel Core i5-2467M Intel Core i5-3317U Intel Core i7-3537U Intel Core i5-3337U AMD A6-1450 Intel Core i5-4200U Intel Core i3-4020Y Intel Core i5-4200U
Graphics Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 4000 AMD Radeon HD 8250 Intel HD 4400 Intel HD 4200 Intel HD 4400
Display 13.3", 1366 x 768, Anti Reflective 13.3", 1600 x 900, 400nit, Anti Reflective 13.3", 1920 x 1080, 300nit, Anti Reflective 13.3", 1366 x 768, Anti Reflective 13.3", 3200 x 1800, 350nit, Anti Reflective, Touch Screen 13.3", 1366 x 768, Anti Reflective 13.3", 1920 x 1080, 300nit, Anti Reflective
Memory 4GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz 4GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz 4GB DDR3L at 1066 MHz 4GB DDR3L at 1600 MHz 8GB DDR3L at 1600 MHz
Storage 128GB SSD
Multimedia 1.5 W x 2 speaker, 1.3M HD Camera 1.5 W x 2 speaker, 720p HD Camera
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 2x2, BT3.0 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, BT4.0 802.11 b/g/n 1x1, BT4.0 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, BT4.0 802.11 b/g/n 1x1, BT4.0 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2, BT4.0
I/O Port Micro HDMI, Headphone, Mic, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Micro SD, Mini RJ45 Mini VGA, Micro HDMI, Headphone/Mic Combo, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3-in-1 card, Mini RJ45
Input 82 Key, Touch Pad 81 Backlit Key, Touch Pad, ALS 81 Key, ClickPad 81 Backlit Key, Touch Pad, ALS 81 Key, ClickPad 81 Backlit Key, Touch Pad, ALS
Power 40 Watt, 40 Wh Battery 40 Watt, 44 Wh Battery 40 Watt, 30 Wh Battery 40 Watt, 55 Wh Battery 40 Watt, 30 Wh Battery 40 Watt, 44 Wh Battery
Specification 328.5 x 227.0 x 16.3mm, 1.31 kg 313.8 x 218.5 x 12.9mm, 1.31 kg 313.8 x 218.5 x 13.2mm, 1.13 kg 324.0 x 224.0 x 16.9mm, 1.44 kg 319.0 x 224.0 x 16.9mm, 1.44 kg 324.0 x 224.0 x 16.9mm, 1.44 kg 313.8 x 218.5 x 13.2mm, 1.13 kg
Enclosure Material Duralumin Aluminium Magnesium Aluminium Magnesium Plastic (Black, White, Pink, Lime) Aluminium Plastic (Black, White, Pink, Lime) Magnesium
OS Windows 7 Home Windows 8 Windows 8.1

11-inch and 15-inch models[edit]

Discontinued Current
11-inch and 15-inch models
Release Date 5/3/2011 7/10/2011 3/28/2012 5/4/2012 5/30/2012 06/18/2014 06/18/2014
Model No. NP900X1A NP900X1B NP900X4B NP900X4C NP900X4D NP930X5J NP910S5J
Processor Intel Core i3 380UM Intel Core i5-2537M Intel Core i7-2637M Intel Core i7-3517U Intel Core i7-3317U Intel Core i7-4500U Intel Core i5-4200U
Graphics Intel GMA HD Intel HD3000 Intel HD4000 Intel HD4400
Display 11.6", 1366 x 768, 340nit, Anti Reflective 15.0", 1600 x 900, 400nit, Anti Reflective 15.6", 1920 x 1080, 300nit, Anti Reflective
Memory 2GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz 8GB DDR3 at 1333 MHz 8GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz 4GB DDR3 at 1600 MHz 8GB DDR3L at 1600 MHz 4GB DDR3L at 1600 MHz
Storage 128GB SSD 256GB SSD 128GB SSD
Multimedia 1.5W x 2 speaker, 1.3M HD Camera 2W x 2 speaker, 1.3M HD Camera 2W x 2 speaker, WM5102 Lossless audio DAC, 720p HD camera 4W x 2 speaker, 720p HD camera
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 2x2, BT3.0 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, BT3.0 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2, BT4.0 802.11 ac 2x2, BT4.0 802.11 ac 1x1, BT4.0
I/O Port HDMI, Headphone, Mic, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Micro SD, RJ45 Mini VGA, Micro HDMI, Headphone/Mic Combo, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3-in-1 card, Mini RJ45 Mini VGA, HDMI, Headphone/Mic Combo, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3-in-1 card, Mini RJ45
Input 82 Key, Touch Pad 87 Key, Touch Pad 87 Backlit Key, ClickPad, ALS 87 Key, ClickPad
Power 40Watt, 42Wh Battery 40Watt, 62Wh Battery 40Watt, 55Wh Battery
Specification 298 x 197.5 x 16.5mm, 1.06 kg 356.9 x 237 x 14.9mm, 1.65 kg 356.9 x 237 x 14.9mm, 1.58 kg 374.3 x 249.9 x 14.9mm, 1.78 kg 374.3 x 249.9 x 17.5mm, 1.95 kg
Enclosure Material Duralumin Aluminium Magnesium Aluminium Plastic
OS Windows 7 Home Windows 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Windows 8.1

Timeline of ATIV Book 9[edit]

ATIV Book9 timeline.JPG

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In this article, the pixel width and height of the graphics display resolution may differ from standard definition due to different screen aspect ratio and application of customized display modules.
  2. ^ In this article, the conventional prefixes for computer storage denote base-10 values whereby "kilobyte" (KB) = 103 bytes, "megabyte" (MB) = 106 bytes and "gigabyte" (GB) = 109 bytes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best of CES 2011", Engadget, US
  2. ^ "In a word, drool-worthy: five things we love about the Samsung Series 9", APC Magazine, Australia
  3. ^ "Best Ultrabook of CES 2012: Samsung Series 9", ZDNet, US
  4. ^ "The Best, Worst and Craziest Ultrabooks From CES 2012", Mashable, US
  5. ^ "Samsung Premiere 2013 Event - Galaxy & Ativ (Official)". Mishmash. youtube. June 20, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014
  6. ^ "Samsung Introduces Latest in Popular ATIV Line: ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition", Samsung Tomorrow, KR
  7. ^ "Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition Hands-on: First Laptop with Lossless Audio", Laptop Magazine, US
  8. ^ "[SMNR] '센스 시리즈 9', 프리미엄 노트북의 기준을 바꾸다(Korean)", Samsung Tomorrow, KR
  9. ^ "Consumer Report's Best Laptop Computer in 15-16 Category", Consumer Report, US
  10. ^ "Readers' Choice Awards 2014: Laptop and Desktop PCs", PC Magazine, US
  11. ^ "2013 iF Product Design Award", iF Design, DE
  12. ^ "2012 iF Product Design Award", iF Design, DE
  13. ^ "Samsung Electronics receives Good Design Awards in Japan", Samsung Tomorrow, KR
  14. ^ "2011 DFA Bronze Award", Hong Kong Design Centre, HK
  15. ^ "IDEA 2011 Finalist", Industrial Designer Society of America, US
  16. ^ "Best of CES 2011", Laptop Magazine, US
  17. ^ "Samsung Series 9 Notebook Honored with TCO Design Award", Softpedia, US

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