Apple Macbook vs Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015, Core M)

Posted on 10 March 2015 by

These two 12-inch laptops go head-to-head at under 1KG (around 2 pounds) and are both expensive, stylish and fanless. Intel Core M processors should give enough power for all daily tasks including some basic Full-HD  editing and rendering. The screens both offer high resolutions without a touch layer.

Obviously there are operating system differences with the Macbook launching with OSX Yosemite and the ATIV Book 9 with Windows 8.1. Windows 10 will be coming for the Samsung in mid-late 2015 and OSX upgrades are most likely to be available for the Macbook.

Although the ATIV does have native ports the MicroSD and Micro HDMI port would still require an adaptor but the full-size USB 3.0 ports may be an advantage to many.

In terms of performance we expect the Macbook to out-perform the ATIV on CPU and GPU tasks based on the higher clock and Turbo speed. Tighter integration of OS to the hardware has resulted in better efficiencies in the past with Apple Macbooks and we expect this again with the 2015 Macbook. The bigger battery is also going to help bring better battery life than the Samsung.


Apple Macbook 2015

Apple Macbook 2015 Core M, Fanless


Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015

Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015


Apple Macbook 2015  differences

Samsung ATIV Book 9 2015

  • Bigger battery (40 Wh vs 35 Wh)
  • Pressure sensitive touchpad
  • 1100 – 2600 Mhz CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD in base model for $1299 RRP
  • Max SSD 512 GB (vs 256 GB)
  • Available globally
  • High-end 1.3Ghz Core M version available in shops.
  • Slightly lighter weight. (20 grams)
  • 2304-by-1440 (16:10)
  • More ports. (Micro HDMI, Micro SD, USB3.0 x 2)
  • 900-2400Mhz CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $1199 RRP
  • Full SD card slot (on keyboard)
  • Max 700-nit outdoor screen mode.
  • 2560 x 1600 (16:9)
  • US-only
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