Samsung has updated their Notebook 9 Ultrabook, continuing with their ridiculously thin and light ways. The new Notebook 9, available in 13-inch and 15-inch variants, have been completely restyled from last year, opting for a more traditional block design versus the blade-like design of the first-generation of Notebook 9. But they stick to the ethos of thin and light — the 13-inch is well under 2.5 lbs and the 15-inch weighs in a 2.73 lbs.
The new look also comes with a smaller footprint, thanks to the serious reduction of bezels on the sides and top of the display. Even with the reduced size and 0.61-inch thickness, Samsung still is giving the Notebook 9 a decent compliment of USB ports: one Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, two full-size USB 3.0, and one USB 2.0. There's no HDMI-out here, as Samsung's banking on Thunderbolt 3 and adapters to support the various display connectors users will need.
While the Notebook 9 has been updated to the latest chips, including 7th-generation Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, it's no powerhouse. The most powerful version is the 15-incher, which in the United States will have an optional dedicated graphics card (an NVIDIA 940MX) alongside 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD.
The biggest tradeoff with a super-thin laptop like this is battery life, and though Samsung advertises a 15-hour battery life for the 15-inch Notebook 9, we have a hard time believing that. Even so, the Adaptive Fast Charge tech that Samsung's built into this laptop means that a 20-minute charge will net 3 hours of use, and less than 2 hours of charge will fill up the battery completely.
While Samsung's not giving a release date for the updated Notebook 9, we can at least tell you the expected pricing:
- 13-inch Intel Core i5: $999
- 13-inch Intel Core i7: $1,199
- 15-inch Intel Core i7 with integrated graphics: $1,199
- 15-inch Intel Core i7 with discrete graphics: $1,399 (US-only)
Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
All Samsung laptops are Us only right ? Impossible to find one in europe
Samsung stopped selling laptops in EU back in 2015
Okay...But what is the screen resolution? 1800p for 13" and 2160p for 15"? Like last year's? If so, then this might be a better deal than the new 15 inch Spectre x360 $1499 cause this seems to have same specs (minus 1 less thunderbolt) for $100 less. And of course Samsung probably has the better 4K display.
updated... translation: looks even more like an Apple MacBook
It may look like one, but the Sammy is a hell of a lot better than the MacBook. Is this touchscreen?
Same question. Touch? WindowsCentral: please always note if a laptop has Touch or not. Maybe your policy is that if you don't say it's touch, it's not, but so many are touch these days, I think it's worth stating it explicitly.
Great prices, if I do say so myself!
I'm hoping they'll soon release a refresh for the Notebook 9 Spin.
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