2013 Ativ Book 9 13.3" Ivy Bridge NP900X3E / NP900X3F

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  1. oled

    oled Notebook Evangelist

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    Samsung upgrades their former called Series 9 notebook with a Full HD display. For the first time the device is also available with a 3G/4G LTE Mobile Broadband WWAN modem. Configurations vary by country.


    Similarities
    All models come with a matte 1080p display and 4GB RAM.
    Configurations are available with either i5 or i7 Dual Core Ivy Bridge "U" CPU and a range of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SDD.


    Differences



































    Amor II NP900X3E NP900X3F
    Chassis Aluminium
    same like NP900X3C
    Magnesium
    - framing now in all black
    - touchpad now frameless
    - .3mm (.01") thicker
    - weights 30g (1.1 oz) less
    WiFi Intel 6235 Half Mini Card Atheros 946x soldered
    Battery Life
    Extender
    only trailing "A" models
    (eg NP900X3E-A03UK)
    no
    WWAN no only trailing "G" models
    (eg NP900X3F-G01UK)
    SD Card
    Reader
    yes yes, except WWAN models (*)
    Branding Series 9 (NP900X3E-A)

    Ativ Book 9 (NP900X3E-K)
    Ativ Book 9
    * Samsung specs says WWAN models come with SD Card Reader too. The X3F manual however states "optional" for both SD and SIM slot. The picture below indicates it has a SIM Card only slot in place of the SD Card reader.


    Worth mentioning (true for all models)
    - Panel is a BOE05BE - rumored using BOEs own AFFS technology which is similar to IPS
    - SSD 128GB has been reported to be a Lite-On M6M Series
    - SSD 512GB has been reported to be a Samsung PM841 Series
    - RAM runs in single channel only


    Upgradability
    RAM is soldered
    SSD comes as mSATA card
    WiFi comes as Half Mini Card or soldered (see table above)
    WWAN is soldered.

    There are no empty slots whatsoever. Expansion cards are replaceable.


    Alternative OS driver support
    As SW Update only lists drivers for Windows 8, I recommend downloading up to date device drivers directly from the respective manufacturer. Install them first, then for Samsung related SABI functionality like Fn keys you will need:

    Win 7: Easy Settings 1.1.1.4 from NP900X3C*
    XP: Easy Display Manager 3.2.7.4 from NP900X3A (only 32bit supported)*
    Linux: kernel ≥ 3.10*
    (*) tested on NP900X3E-A


    Reviews
    NP900X3E - notebookreview.com
    NP900X3E - MobileTechReview.com


    Useful forum Information
    Next Samsung Series 9 Release
    Series 9 Owners: Third party mSATA upgrades
    Series 9 Accessories
    Is dual channel ram a joke?
    Finding Easy Setting/Battery Life Extender?
    Horizontal lines / flickering screen using old drivers
    Linux ambient light sensor - ALS


    Internals
    NP900X3E-A03UK - thanks to james.shannon
    x3e_int.jpg

    NP900X3F-G01DE (LTE version)
    int_X3F.jpg


    Evolution
    NP900X3A First appearance of ultra sleek Amor
    NP900X3B New Chassis Amor2, HD+ panel
    NP900X3C Ivy Bridge
    NP900X3D Budget Sandy Bridge model
    NP900X3E Full HD panel, re-branded as Ativ Book 9 (From X3E-K on )
    NP900X3F Magnesium chassis, soldered Atheros WiFi, WWAN
    NP900X3G Haswell successor, soldered Intel WiFi
    NP900X3K Broadwell successor, QHD+ panel, Atheros WiFi


    Devolution
    Big, fat, heavy, glossy Ativ Book 9 Plus / Lite :eek:
     
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  2. kroskal

    kroskal Notebook Enthusiast

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    How will Lightroom run on the E-model with i5 you think?
    If there is no 13inch matte model with 8gb memory or 15inch with FHD matte screen before middle of August, i'm going for this or the 900x4c with 8gb/i7.
     
  3. go45cvi

    go45cvi Notebook Deity

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    Is it necessary to have a new thread for every perturbation of the S9? One for each intel tick-tock cycle is sufficient. In regards to this model, it is worth noting some users have reported RAM is single-channel rather than dual-die package which results in poorer graphics performance. Perhaps only noticeable in gaming.
     
  4. oled

    oled Notebook Evangelist

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    The major reason I decided to do so:

    - those models are no longer branded Series 9
    - they have new features like a FHD screen & WWAN option
    - the "next samsung series 9 release" thread which holds most information about these models gets confusing as now even AMD and Haswell is out and as mentioned above there won't be no more "next Samsung Series 9".

    By changing a little bit here and a little bit there Samsung refreshes are very confusing as is there model numbering. I tried to shed some light into those newest and still popping up Ivy Bridge models. Even combining those two models in one thread is a bit confusing as they don't share the same chassis.

    If more users think it is a bad idea to have a separate thread let the mods take it down. In that case I'd be happy to at least add E/F to the C thread title (or add E and keep F seperate?)
    My intention is that people can post and find information in the most convenient way.


    read the opening post
     
  5. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    My initial reaction was that this thread is a duplication but on further reflection I can see the purpose of this thread. Our knowledge about the 3E and 3F is buried in other long threads so getting all the future discussion about these models into one place should be advantageous.

    John
     
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    Apologies I missed that. Carry on, it is a nice model otherwise.
     
  7. oled

    oled Notebook Evangelist

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    Surprise!

    WiFi seems to be a soldered Atheros 946x in the NP900X3F-G.
    WWAN seems soldered too (still unknown manufacturer).
    Antennas seem to be still in place between the hinges.
    SIM Slot seems to take place of the SD Card reader.

    Samsung Support says it comes with a Card reader, but the manual states "optional" for both SD Card and SIM slot. I'm currently waiting for permission to post a picture of the motherboard indicating it's SIM only.

    There is no more mentioning of WiDi in the specs, this could indicate that the soldered Atheros 946x is true for all "NP900X3F" models (except on samsung US).

    Do we have any X3F owners yet?


    updated OP
     
  8. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Samsung's specs for the NP900X3F-G01UK clearly state "LTE, HSPA+" and also indicate that there is a multi-card reader. The same is shown by this etailer listing. Could the card slot have contacts on each side so it can take either a memory card or a SIM card, but not both concurrently.

    Putting WiFi on board would help provide room for a 3G chip. This solution works well in phones and tablets and one can buy the complete phone for the cost of a normal 3G plug-in module for a notebook.

    There are a few at Amazon.co.uk. It appears that Samsung is planning to shift more of the Ivy Bridge models (I expect the cost of the chips from Intel has come down) before discontinuing this chassis.

    John
     
  9. Insane

    Insane Notebook Evangelist

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    I just bought the NP900X3F-K01AU in New Zealand,

    All black/dark blue framing, Atheros wifi, lite-on SSD, frame-less touchpad.

    It's got an SD card reader, don't see any SIM slots. Happy to check anything else out for you, but so far looks like you guys have it covered. I've read reports of less than awesome wifi signal strength, this appears to be true :(


    Got it from here for $1350 NZ

    Probably my first post in maybe 5 years, Asus W5 is still going, but a dinosaur now :)
     
  10. John Ratsey

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    There's nothing in the specs to suggest that particular model has 3G. As indicated in the first post, a G in the version number (eg -G01UK) indicates 3G.

    One advantage of the Atheros WiFi is that it doesn't suffer the driver issues of the Intel 6235.

    John
     

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