Samsung’s 2018 Notebook 9 devices will take on the MacBook and Surface Pro
Samsung announced its new Notebook 9 line-up a couple of weeks ago, and it’s since followed that up with a video detailing the Notebook 9 Pen, a thin and light convertible that supports touch and pen inputs.
All the 2018 Notebook 9 systems are powered by up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, dual-channel 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and speedy PCIe NVMe SSDs. That’s plenty of power to work with, and they’ll be very competitive with whatever the competition puts out at CES at the very least.
The Notebook 9 Pen is designed to take on Microsoft’s Surface devices, featuring a built-in battery-free S Pen stylus and a 2-in-1 hybrid form factor. Samsung is so far the only company to integrate the stylus into the PC’s body, and this decision obviously makes it much harder to lose the pen.
The stylus itself uses a 0.7mm tip, and supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt detection, so it should be suitable for everything ranging from doodling and sketching to notetaking.
The Notebook 9 Pen is also rather thin and light – it measures just 16.5mm thick and weighs 995g, thanks to its magnesium aluminum alloy chassis. Samsung is calling this material Metal12, and it’s also present on the 13.3-inch and 15-inch Notebook 9 models.
In addition, the device is equipped with a 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display, and comes complete with a backlit keyboard, fingerprint sensor, and facial recognition log-in via Windows Hello (not available on the Notebook 9).
The regular Notebook 9 laptops are quite similar, and the main difference is probably their larger 75Wh – compared to 39Wh on the Notebook 9 Pen – batteries which Samsung says is the largest it’s ever placed inside a notebook.
The larger 15-inch Notebook 9 can also be configured with a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card and a Thunderbolt 3 port, whereas the smaller 13.3-inch devices only feature USB-C.
Both devices are quite portable as well, and the 13.3-inch Notebook 9 weighs just 995g, the same as the Notebook 9 Pen, while the 15-inch version tips the scales at 1.25kg. In fact, they’re both thinner than the Notebook 9 Pen as well, measuring 14.9mm and 15.4mm respectively.
Samsung will showcase both devices at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, and we’ll update if we hear anything about local price and availability.