Samsung's Notebook 9 Series Gets Spec Bump Ahead of CES 2018

Samsung Notebook 9 gets 8th-gen Intel chips, stays ultralight

Samsung today announced a new range of laptops which will be revealed at CES 2018. 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, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas. The Notebook 9 comes with the latest-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Samsung Dual Channel Memory for a faster speed and 16GB of RAM that can pack up to 512GB of space and a boost speed to are markable 3.5GHz. Thanks to its Metal12 magnesium-aluminum alloy and advanced durability provided by MAO treatment of oxide coating on the exterior, the device weighs just 2.2 pounds. The only difference between the 13-inch and 15-inch model is that the 15-inch model also features NVIDIA's GeForce MX150 graphics card.

The new Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) will feature Full HD RealViewTouch display with 6.2 mm bezel around the screen from all the sides. That S Pen doesn't contain a battery; it has 4,096 pressure levels as well as a 0.7mm tip, plus tilt detection. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Notebook 9 Pen also gets an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition.

According to YoungGyoo Choi, SVP of Samsung's PC Business Team, "The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and enhanced Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) and Samsung Notebook 9 Pen offer our customers premium, powerful and portable devices that provide the tools to securely work from anywhere, breaking the boundaries of previously accepted standards for what a notebook should be".

The most unfortunate part of the Notebook 9 Pen is the display. The upcoming Notebook 9 (2018) will have two 15 Inch models and a 13 Inch model. All in all, the specs are great... save for the Full HD display resolution of the entire upgraded Notebook 9 family.

These clamshells also both support up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. "The 15" model has a Thunderbolt 3 port, but the others have to make do with a regular USB Type-C port on top of the USB 3.0, HDMI, and audio combo jacks that all three machines have in common.

System builders have been releasing new and refreshed laptop models built around Intel's recently launched 8th Generation Core processor family for mobile (Kaby Lake Refresh or Kaby Lake-R, not to be confused with Coffee Lake on the desktop).

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