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Samsung ATIV Book 8 preview: deluxe powerhouse

We recently tested the Samsung ATIV Book 7, and today it's time for the Samsung ATIV Book 8. It's a deluxe 15.6in laptop, both in terms of design and specifications.

It's equipped with an Intel Core i7-3635QM, 8 GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 8870M. The sleek notebook has a 15.6in Full HD touchscreen.

It's a laptop that can hold its own against the competition, in other words. The lack of a DVD burner means that it is a very sleek. The reason why you don't see an Ultrabook sticker on the notebook is because the quad-core Intel Core i7 processor is far too powerful. Ultrabooks are only allowed to have dual-core CPUs.

The 15.6in display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and is glossy due to the touch layer. The screen has 10 touch points, and has a PLS panel with excellent viewing angles. Along with the large touchpad and the quality keyboard, you have a very nice working environment. The chassis is constructed in aluminium, and like the ATIV Book 7 this model also boasts the SideSync technology which allows you to link a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone to the laptop.

The Samsung ATIV Book 8 runs on an Intel Core i7-3635QM, a quad-core processor with HyperThreading, 6 MB of cache. It runs at 2.4 GHz with a turbo of 3.4 GHz. The TDP is 45 Watts. This version of the Core i7 only comes as BGA and is soldered onto the motherboard.

Unlike many other Samsung laptops, the Samsung ATIV Book 8 has a full-size VGA port and not a mini version. Other connectors consist of two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and gigabit ethernet. You can read the rest of Samsung ATIV Book 8 preview: deluxe powerhouse on