New Samsung laptop, said to feature AMD's latest mainstream APU, wasn't expected to be available for several months.
Samsung this week launched a new laptop, the ATIV Book 9 Lite, a more affordable version of its ATIV Book 9 with many of the same features. The system is available for pre-order and will be shipping on July 28, according to Samsung.
That's all well and good, but the interesting thing here is the processor. While Samsung does not specifically identify the processor used in the system -- other than to say that it's a quad-core processor operating at up to 1.4 GHz -- online tech news site AnandTech reports that the ATIV Book 9 Lite features AMD's mainstream accelerated processing unit (APU), which was formerly codenamed Kabini.
Floorplan of AMD's mainstream APU, formerly codenamed Kabini.
According to Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research, the appearance of Kabini in the ATIV Book 9 Lite means that the processor is available a full quarter before it was expected.
AMD has presented details of Kabini at industry events in recent months. The company officially launched Kabini as the 2013 Mainstream APU back in May. The devices feature either two or four Jaguar CPU cores as well as GCN 8000 Series graphics. According to AMD, they claim significant increases in performance per watt and 25 percent better power efficiency compared to previous generations.