Samsung Notebook 9 Revealed Ahead of 2018 Launch

Samsung Notebook 9 2018 models include 2-in-1 “Pen” version
Samsung announced new Windows 10 PCs from its Notebook 9 series

16 December, 2017

Samsung is doubling down on its laptop efforts in 2018, announcing its plans to start the year strong with three new laptops, namely a brand new model dubbed the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen.

Inside, the Notebook 9 Pen offers an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor powering a full HD (1,920 x 1,080) RealView touchscreen with 450 nits of brightness, backed by up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and as much as 512GB of NVMe solid-state storage (SSD) under a backlit keyboard and Microsoft Precision touchpad. The device has a metal chassis that has a premium magnesium/aluminum alloy design Samsung calls Metal12 which will ensure both durability and a lightweight nature.

Oddly enough, while the May 2017-announced Notebook 9 Pro wielded a productivity-enhancing S Pen in both 13 and 15-inch variants, there's only one new stylus-sporting configuration. The Notebook 9 (2018), with a weight of up to 1.29 kg and a thickness of 15.4mm, is also one of the lightest and thinnest notebooks in its category. The Pen model comes with a smaller 35Wh battery.

Other than the Notebook 9 Pen, Samsung also launched the 2018 edition of the Notebook 9.

All of the new devices come with a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, but the Notebook 9 Pen also includes an IR camera for facial recognition.

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The devices will be available in select countries starting in December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S. Both the Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Notebook 9 Pen comes preloaded with Windows 10. The devices run on the 8 generation Intel Core i7 processor and Samsung Dual Channel Memory to handle multiple jobs, viewing and rendering high-quality graphics without compromising on the performance or speed.

It features a 75Wh Hexacell battery which is one of the most powerful batteries that Samsung has ever equipped with a notebook. It is equipped with an S Pen that has a tip of just 0.7mm.

Buyers of the 15-inch Notebook 9 can choose between one Thunderbolt 3 port or one USB Type C, but otherwise will get as standard two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and a microSD slot. Last year's 15-inch model cost $1,399 at launch. That makes them, at the heaviest, only slightly heavier than the Notebook 9 Pen, though you don't get the added convenience of that 360-degree display and integrated battery-free stylus.

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