By KHOR SOW YEE
Three more new Windows 8 PCs were revealed under the recently expanded Ativ brand: The Book 9 Plus, Book 9 Lite and One 5 Style.
Besides SideSync, Samsung is also introducing a new feature called HomeSync Lite, which transforms the PCs hard drive into a personal cloud server.
HomeSync Lite allows users to back-up their personal files, photos and videos from portable devices to PCs and access it remotely via a mobile device.
Need for speed
The Book 9 Plus has an aluminium, unibody, a Windows 8 optimised 13.3in touchscreen, a QHD＋ (3,200 x 1,800-pixels) similar to the Ativ Q, and 12 hours of battery life. It also features a Core i5/i7 ULT processor, 8GB memory and up to 256GB SSD (solid-state drive) storage, and weighs 1.39kg for portability.
The Book 9 Plus boots from cold in less than six seconds and wakes up from sleep in under one second, allowing users to access the information and programs they need nearly instantly.
Productivity is further enhanced by Samsung's SideSync.
As the name implies, the Book 9 Lite is almost identical to the Book 9 Plus, save for a few key differences. Closer scrutiny of the specs reveals that it has a touchscreen with a resolution of 1,366 x 7,68-pixels, a quad-core processor (up to 1.4 GHz), 4GB memory and a slightly shorter battery life of 8.5 hours.
The Book 9 Lite targets a larger consumer base by balancing premium features with overall value.
Weighing between 1.44Kg to 1.58Kg (depending on model) and measuring less than an inch thick, the Book 9 Lite is an ideal choice for mobile consumers and business travellers alike, with support for Samsung SideSync technology.
Build a hub
The One 5 Style is the first all-in-one desktop PC launched since the expansion of the Ativ brand. Its Galaxy design aesthetic and slim, minimalist build has, according to Samsung, won it favourable feedback.
The full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixels) touchscreen makes it an ideal machine for viewing photos and videos.
The One 5 Style features Samsung SideSync technology and HomeSync Lite, which makes it even more easy to back-up, manage and access content on a smartphone.
With HomeSync Lite, multiple family members can privately manage individual accounts via the One 5 Style, truly making it a hub for the entire family.