Samsung announces new Notebook 9 series powered by Windows 10

Samsung announces new Notebook 9 series powered by Windows 10

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. As for the "regular" Notebook 9 laptops, these will come in three different flavors, ranging from 13.3-inch displays to that of 15-inch, and save for their differences in design and lack of a touchscreen display, they will share similar hardware specs in terms of RAM and processor. Both the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 will be available in the United States in early 2018, and we're expecting to get a closer look at them at CES next month.

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.

Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen is probably the most interesting out of the three new laptops. Samsung will begin selling the new notebooks in South Korea starting this month, while other markets will need to wait until the first quarter of next year.

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That's a fancy way of saying that Samsung's latest laptops are thin, light, and powered by the latest 8th Generation Core i7 quad-core processor (upgraded from Kaby Lake), paired with dual-channel memory. As the name specifies, the 13-inch Notebook 9 Pen is ready to take on Surface devices which include a built-in battery-free S Pen stylus, much like the Notebook 9 Pro introduced in May. In order to provide better performance, the 15-inch models will come along GeForce MX150 graphics chip built specifically for laptops. Samsung calls this magnesium aluminum alloy "Metal12". The 360-degree hinge offers flexibility for users letting them convert it into a tablet from a laptop just by rotating the keyboard. Inside the metal body, Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) features a large 75Wh Hexacell battery, the largest that Samsung has placed inside a notebook yet. It also has fast charging support for those on-the-go. Storage tops off at 512GB of NVMe PCIe memory and it only has an integrated Intel HD Graphics. The front-facing IR camera supports facial authentication through Windows Hello.

The refined S Pen lets users write, sketch, paint, doodle and more. Pricing for the Notebook 9 Pen hasn't been revealed either.

Samsung has announced the 2018 version of the Notebook 9 ahead of its official first appearance during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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