In April, Samsung re-branded all of its notebooks and Windows 8 under the ATIV brand. Samsung “Series” notebooks are now ATIV Books, with numerical designations. Of these notebooks, the ATIV Book 9 is the current flagship hardware.
This week, Samsung announced that an new “Lite” version of the ATIV Book 9 will be coming on July 28. The ATIV Book 9 Lite’s price will start at $800 – a drop from the ATIV Book 9’s $1,100-plus price. The Lite’s form-factor and size is similar to the full ATIV Book 9, but has a few pared-down hardware components that lower its price.
The notebook will have a 13.3-inch screen that will not be full HD. Instead, it will be a touch screen with only a 1366 x 768 resolution. Samsung’s specifications list a quad core processor, 4GB of memory, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a built-in 720p camera. It comes in “Mineral Ash Black” or “Marble White” and weighs 3.48 pounds.
“With the ATIV Book 9 Lite, we created a device that fits the needs of a larger consumer base, while preserving the remarkable design and overall experience delivered by the Book 9 lineage,” said Mike Abary, SVP of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung.