Samsung has added an Intel Haswell processor to its ATIV Series 9 Lite version of ultrabooks. Previously configured with an AMD CPU when it launched back in July, Intel-equipped models have been spotted in the wild.
The Haswell-bearing ultrabook in question appeared on a German website for sale. It isn’t certain if this variation is an exclusive to Germany or if Samsung may be thinking about releasing this upgraded version to the states later on. The chip in question is Intel’s most modest offering in the Haswell line—the Core i3-4020Y (1.5GHz). If this upgrade is official, consumers looking to buy can expect longer battery life compared to the current offering in the AMD A6-1450 and a bump in processing power. They have PassMark benchmark scores of 2,333 and 1,653, respectively. It’s uncertain if this upgrade will cause a price hike for the ATIV Book 9 Lite, as Intel chips are more expensive than their AMD counterparts.
The ATIV Book 9 series replaced Samsung’s flagship premium utrabook the Series 9, creating a high-end line in the Plus model and affordable one in the Lite model. Both support a 13-inch touchscreen display, but that’s where many of the similarities end. The Lite has a 1,366 x 768 display and comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 258GB SSD. In terms of connectivity, the Lite offers Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI, a flash memory card reader, and Gigabit Ethernet. The plastic chassis weighs 3.48 pounds and comes in white or black. The Lite with AMD is available in US stores for a base price of $799.
TechnologyTell will keep an eye out for any continuing developments.