15 February 2018
The South Korean giant Samsung yet to officially kick off the CES 2018 show but the company already wraps off the cover from what is expected to be their one of the key announcements at the event. As expected the company won't be showcasing new smartphones or wearable at the event instead their key focus will be their offerings in the PC market.
The company's latest upgraded Notebook 9 and Notebook 7 Spin goes official. Both the latest machines are Windows 10 running devices with support for Stylus Pen. The Notebook 9 is more premium amongst the two thanks to its ultra-thin design of magnesium aluminum alloy. Samsung called this alloy as "Metal12." The company claims the Notebook 9 is their lightest convertible 360 machine announced so far.
Being the latest powerful 2-in-1 machine the Notebook 9 is powered up by the Intel's 8th gen Core i7 chipset with 16GB DDR4 RAM. The solid-state storage is 512GB. As expected to be the powerful variant it is pretty snappy which performs everything pretty smoothly without any lag. If you are demanding user, for sure the Notebook 9 will not disappoint you with the performance. The base variant comes with Intel UHD 620 for graphics. Samsung claims the Notebook 9 will provide 9 hours of battery life on watching Full HD content. On the other hand in the same scenario, the Microsoft's Surface Book 2 brings 17 hours of battery life and the Lenovo's Yoga 920 battery life is 15 hours.
As the machine supports S-pen that's why it comes with a dedicated slot for the stylus. Samsung already using this stylus for the flagship Galaxy Note lineup, So if you own Note 8 you can use its stylus on Notebook 9 as well. In terms of functionalities both the stylus are also same. The good thing is it also doesn't require charging to operate. On the other hand, the affordable Notebook 7 Spin lacks built-in Stylus, however, it supports all the Active Pen available for other 2-in-1 laptops.
For security, the Notebook 9 does have Windows Hello facial recognition feature as well as the fingerprint scanner. The top-tier variant with 15-inches display graphics performance can be enhanced by upgrading to the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. The Notebook 7 Spin doesn't have the option to upgrade the GPU. It is also thicker and heavier than the premium variant.
As far as release is a concern the Notebook 9 is already available for the South Korean customers whereas it will be available for the US customers by the end of January 2018. The affordable Notebook 7 Spin will be available in Q1 2018, the company didn't set an exact time frame. The price tag is still in dark but we can expect more details will pop up in coming weeks. Stay tuned.