Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) brings inking and a 360-hinge to students and professionals

Samsung looks to be refreshing its popular Notebook 7 Spin 13.3-inch laptop for 2018. The latest version of the Notebook 7 Spin is expected to debut next week in Las Vegas as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and go on sale first quarter of 2018.

The budget-orientated laptop brings a 360-hinge, inking abilities (active pen sold separately), a fingerprint reader, and Samsung's usual assortment of premium parts to the mainstream including its high-quality displays. Speaking of screens, we're looking at 13.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1080), which in the past has received high marks from reviews.

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin 13 specifications

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CategorySamsung Notebook 7 Spin
ProcessorIntel eighth-gen Core i5 quad-core
Display size13.3 inch
1920 x 1080 PLS touch display
Active PenYes
Native graphicsIntel HD Graphics 620
Discrete graphicsNone
KeyboardBacklit, Keystroke 1.5mm, Curved keycap
Clickpad (Precision Touchpad)
PortsUSB-C, USB 3.0 x1
USB 2.0 x1
Storage256GB SSD
Dimensions315.8 x 215.4 x 18.5mm
Weight3.37lbs (1.53kg)
Starting pricen/a
AvailabilitySelect countries starting in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S.

YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung, is quoted from the accompanying press release:

Our customers wanted a functional, intuitive device that includes a wide range of their favorite features, and that's what we've delivered with the Notebook 7 Spin (2018). This device meets the needs of today's digital lifestyle, combining work and play with a smart, seamless and personalized experience that connects users with their other devices.

Some of the highlights of the Notebook 7 Spin include:

  • 360-Degree Rotating Touchscreen – Provides the flexibility to view content as preferred, whether it be as a tablet or as a traditional PC in landscape mode.
  • Active Pen-enabled – Perfect for attending meetings, conference calls or lectures, the Active Pen lets users create a sketch or jot down notes on the fly.
  • Secure Fingerprint Log-in – Through simple fingerprint scanning, users can quickly log-in with Windows Hello and keep files secure in their own Privacy Folder.
  • Power and Performance – Runs on Windows 10 operating system and equipped with an Intel i5 processor and 256GB SSD drive that allows for quicker startups and advanced multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Voice Note – Advanced smart recording featuring an integrated far field microphone to capture every detail of important meetings or lectures, which can be stored and shared easily via Samsung Cloud.
  • Battery and Backlit Keyboard – Extended battery power to keep users connected throughout the day.
  • Studio Plus – For users who wish to express their creative side, Studio Plus allows them to produce personalized movies featuring their favorite photos and videos.

Samsung is aiming the Notebook 7 Spin at "working professionals, students and those looking for a powerful PC." Like other modern laptops, Samsung is embracing the full Windows 10 experience by giving consumers a two-in-one design, touch screen, inking, and Windows Hello through a fingerprint reader.

No word on exact pricing but the previous Notebook 7 Spin started at $799, and it is safe to expect a similar price point for 2018.

As usual, Samsung's laptops are only available in select markets including the U.S. and we expect the Notebook 7 Spin to launch sometime this quarter.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.