Ahead of CES 2018 where we usually see these laptops, Samsung has announced its refreshed the Notebook 9 series of convertibles with spec bumps in almost every area. "Storage options go up to a 512 GB NVMe SSD on the Notebook 9 Pen and up to a 1 TB drive on the non-convertible 13" and 15" Notebook 9. Both the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 will be available in the U.S. in early 2018, and we're expecting to get a closer look at them at CES next month.
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is flexible enough to be used as a tablet or for drawing.
The port selection on the 13-inch model includes one USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port and microSD card slot. The devices come with the 1920 x 1280 resolution displays with Intel HD graphics. The company has not yet revealed the prices of the new PCs. Users will have access to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, plus Samsung Dual Channel Memory.
On the other hand the Notebook 9 Pen comes with a 360 degree hinge and is called as an S Pen which is smaller and doesn't require battery since it fits insider the holster in the device. The 15-inch USB-C port will support Thunderbolt 3, and the devices also include an additional USB 2.0 port on the larger model.
Interestingly, the bezel on the laptop is just 5.2 millimetres thick, and it's also made of the same Metal12 alloy. Both variants of the Notebook 9 offer the same Metal12 frame as the Notebook 9 Pen, along with the Full HD displays. The company will also include its Samsung Link Sharing transfer tool for sharing things like documents and photos with another device.
The headlining news for TR readers is probably the inclusion of eighth-generation Core i7 processors in all three machines.
The refined S Pen lets users write, sketch, paint, doodle and more. The Notebook will be providing 16GB of system memory and 512GB of SSD storage. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Notebook 9 Pen also gets an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition. United States sales are scheduled to start sometime during the first quarter of 2018.
Further, the laptops come with RealView display, offering a bright and accurate premium image with real color and accurate brightness for using the device indoors and outdoors. As of now, it will be interesting to see how the Samsung Notebook 9 fairs in the market and whether it is able to beat the Surface and the likes of them.