Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro vs Apple MacBook Pro and Microsoft Surface Book 4

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Journalists look at the new MacBook after a news conference in Cupertino, California, October 14, 2008. Reuters/Kimberly White

While Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface Book are impressing customers, Samsung launched the ATIV Book 9 Pro in November 2015 to counter the earlier two devices.

Contrary to Samsung’s previous ATIV laptops, which had midrange specs, the newly launched  ATIV aims  to take on heavyweights of the PC industry.


The ATIV Book 9 Pro has a bigger display than the 13.5-inch Surface Book and Retina MacBook Pro. With a 4K resolution of 3,840x2160 pixels, it knocks down the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at 2,880x1,800 and Surface Book at 3,000 x 2,000 pixels.


The ATIV Book 9 Pro is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, paired with 8GB of RAM and integrates an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card.

While, the lower-end Surface Book has a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 coupled with 8GB of RAM, its higher-end counterpart  runs on Intel Core i7 and 16GB RAM.

The MacBook Pro sports a dual-core Intel Core i5 for the low- end device and high-end being the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which powers on an Intel Core i7 processor. A 16GB of RAM is included in both the device.


Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro arrives with Windows 10 Home while the Surface Book has Windows pro version along with a 30-day free trial of Microsoft Office 365 productivity subscription service. Apple’s MacBook Pro is installed with OS X 10.


The ATIV Book 9 Pro and 15-inch MacBook pro shares almost similar dimensions. The earlier has 14.72 x 9.83 x 0.70 inches, while the latter has 14.41 x 9.73 x 0.71 inches. In terms of weight, ATIV weighs 4.45-pound which is faintly lighter than the MacBook Pro.

Surface Book being the laptop-cum-tablet weighs just 3.34-pound and measures 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51 to 0.9 inches. The 13-inch MacBook Pro measures 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches.

Battery Life

According to Samsung, ATIV can stay up to 6.5 hours on a single charge in comparison with the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro that lasts up to 9 hours. The smaller MacBook Pro can stay up to more than twelve hours.