Samsung's Notebook 9 Series Gets Spec Bump Ahead of CES 2018

16 December, 2017, 05:57 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Samsung Notebook 9 Pen

Samsung is looking to have a strong laptop line up come 2018, having revealed the new Notebook 9 Pen and refreshed versions of its Notebook 9 laptops in time for CES. The device include Notebook 9 laptops along with Notebook 9 Pen.

The devices are powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and boast up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCle).

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and all three Notebook 9 (2018) versions rock "Metal12" premium magnesium aluminum designs with razor-thin screen bezels and snazzy color options including Light Titan, Titan Silver and Crush White. However, the 15-inch model has an option to house Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory under the same backlit keyboards and Microsoft Precision touchpads.

This is all the more impressive considering that the "Pen" in this laptop's moniker stands for an included S Pen stylus accessory that's embedded inside the device and works without batteries. Additionally, the new Notebook 9 Pen has an advanced S Pen. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Notebook 9 Pen also gets an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition. USA sales are scheduled to start sometime during the first quarter of 2018. Also noteworthy is the display-while featuring a rather standard 1920x1080 resolution, Samsung says the brightness output peaks at 500 nits, which is twice as bright as some competing laptops. The 15” model sports a Thunderbolt 3 port for those who need extra screens and fast external accessories.

The Pen model has the fewest ports of the line-up, including one USB-C port, one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, and a microSD port. The Notebook 9 Pen is builtin with Metal12. It's, in many ways, similar to this year's model in that it's still a 13.3-inch slim notebook that can be used in varying configurations, including laptop, tent mode and tablet mode. It is also features Metal 21 chassis and it houses Samsung's biggest 75Wh Hexacell battery.

The headlining news for TR readers is probably the inclusion of eighth-generation Core i7 processors in all three machines. As for ports, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen comes with one USB Type-C port, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI ports and a United States dollars card slot. Lenovo is also expected to announce its Windows on ARM laptop at CES next month, so the competition amongst laptop makers will hopefully get heated this year. Samsung hasn't announced prices yet.


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