Samsung has unveiled two new systems that will be on show at CES next week. There’s a focus on displays, with a curved screen on the company’s new All-in-One and a pixel-dense LED panel on the ATIV Book 9 thin-and-light laptop. Both systems hit a high-end price point and are set for release in Q1 2015.
Samsung has been pushing curved displays in multiple spaces, whether it be phablets, smartwatches, TVs or monitors (they even make Curved Soundbars), but it’s adding another category to its list with the ATIV One 7 Curved All-in-One. The system offers a curved 1,920 x 1,080 display with 178-degree viewing angles and 300 nits of brightness.
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The PC is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM and 1 TB storage. There are two 10 W stereo speakers on board, and there’s Bluetooth Music Play 3.0 tech included, meaning you can play music from a smartphone or tablet even when the machine itself is switched off.
The company’s other big pre-CES reveal comes in the form of the new ATIV Book 9. Not only does the new laptop feature a low-powered Intel Core M chip, but it’s also packing ultra-sharp 2,560 x 1,600 resolution.
That’s the same pixel count as on the current 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, but over just 12.2-inches, giving it 247 pixels per inch (PPI) over the Apple machine’s 227 PPI. The panel features 350 nits of brightness as standard, but offers an "Outside Mode" that boosts it up to 700 nits.
There’s a choice between 128 GB and 256 GB SSD storage and 4 GB or 8 GB RAM. That low-powered yet capable Core M processor allows for 10.5 hours on a single charge, and the new machine is just 0.46-inches (11.7 mm) thick and weighs in at 2.09 lbs (0.95 kg).
Samsung has doubled-down on security features with the ATIV Book 9, allowing users to log in by drawing a pattern on the touchpad – similar to the pattern lock feature on Android smartphones. Users can also hit F10 to shield onscreen content from unwanted onlookers, a feature that’s likely to prove popular for business use (and perhaps porn addicts).
The ATIV One 7 Curved All-in-One will retail for US$1,300, while the ATIV Book 9 falls between $1,200 and $1,400 depending on choice of configuration. Both systems are set to ship in Q1 2015 and will be on show at CES 2015, which kicks off this Sunday in Las Vegas.
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