Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pro throws in an S Pen for good measure

Samsung is adding a bit of S Pen spice to its notebook lineup with the new Notebook 9 Pro (opens in new tab). And while stylus support on premium notebooks is becoming a bit of a commodity these days, Samsung sets the Notebook 9 Pro apart by including a dedicated slot for the S Pen underneath the keyboard.

The S Pen itself works with Windows Ink on any device, and Samsung's own Air Command software is on board for taking notes and drawing. All of that is powered by the S Pen's 4,000 levels of pressure, which nearly matches the new Surface Pen's 4,096 levels.

Aside from its stylus bona fides, the Notebook 9 Pro also packs plenty of power. It will be available in two flavors — 13.3 inches and 15 inches — with support for up to Intel's Core i7 processors. Both also pack 256GB of SSD storage, while RAM comes in at 8GB on the 13.3-inch model and 16GB on the 15-incher. The larger model also packs a little extra graphics oomph with a Radeon 540 card.

Other odds and ends include support for fast charging over USB-C, Windows Hello facial recognition, and a 360-degree hinge. There's no word on pricing or availability just yet, but we wouldn't expect those details to be too far off.

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  • Now that's the Surface effect! 😎😁
    Wonder how the media will cover the news when Apple finally adds a touch display and pen in their MacBook line up. It'll be hilarious because "they would have done it first".
    Living images (live images), 2-in-1's... Pen and touch is next.
  • Yep, it'll be hilarious, not to mention that customers seem to be loving the 'diluted refrigerator+toaster combo' :-)
  • Ouch!
  • They will do what they always do; pretend it was never said.
  • They are gonna say its the best thing since sliced bread 🍞
  • Samsung makes underrated and solid Windows devices. They're just boring to look at. I've never loved Samsung's design. It's iconic but hardly interesting. Even the S8, as pretty as it is, just doesn't spark anything. And I can't stand holding it. I know it's a solid, premium phone but I still feel like if I squeeze to hard all snap it in half. Premium doesn't need to mean fragile.
  • I've been waiting for a 2-in-1 version of the Notebook 9 for a while. Looking forward to pricing and availability.
  • Samsung has really taken up the mantel with Wndows 10 devices recently, more than anyone else they have been really pushing quality products out for Windows 10
  • Is the S Pen compatible with Surface Ntrig, Wacom, or is it another technology? This is what the Surface Laptop should have been.
  • It's Wacom and requires no battery in the pen.
  • It will probably be compatible with Surface Pro 1 and 2 only. Those were the Wacom Surface Pros.
  • "The S Pen itself works with Windows Ink on any device"..   You sure that is what you wanted to say? Samsung uses Wacom tech, which doesn't work on Dells or all HPs, and worked on earlier Surface devices until MS adopted (bought) NTrig. It will work on the Samsung tab on all apps.  Wacom is nice, and there are a lot of third party stylus/pen options. Samsung even sells an SPen holder that the small stylus slots into to make a more substantial writing implement.  As it is the SPen is pretty small, much like writing with a ball point pen cartridge, but that makes a silo possible.
  • Samsungs got the S Pen for just about anything you could want now. Flagship Android phone, mid range and flagship Android tablet, Chrome OS 2 in 1, and more than one form of Windows 10 2 in 1.
  • Idk I just cant bring myself anything Samsung, had bad experiences with phones, tv and washer.
  • 😂
  • Personally every Samsung device I've bought still works. Got a 4 year old Note tablet, my S3 from 2012 is still kicking, a friend uses it now. Only thing to fail is a Note 2 and that's because it got caught out in the rain.
  • I'm not familiar with the S Pen and can't tell for sure from the picture. Looks like no eraser. Does it have buttons? If so, do they work like the buttons on the Surface Pen?
  • If it's like the S Pen on Android devices it has no eraser and one button.
  • If only it is detachable...