Samsung announces upgraded Notebook 9 with S Pen

Isaac Cain
December 16, 2017

Samsung Electronics announced the launch of the new Notebook 9 Pen and three upgraded variants of the Notebook 9 on Thursday, both running Windows 10.

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 notebook, will have an integrated S Pen, similar to the Notebook 9 Pro, which was introduced in May.

The devices are powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and boast up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCle).

Both the new Notebook 9 models use a Metal12 chassis which Samsung claims make them more durable that their predecessors but keeps them lightweight and portable. The 15-inch variant offers an option of upgrading to a 2GB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. The battery also supports fast charging and the Notebook 9 (2018) measures 15.4mm, which makes it one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks in its segment.

This is all the more impressive considering that the "Pen" in this laptop's moniker stands for an included S Pen stylus accessory that's embedded inside the device and works without batteries. When the S Pen is removed from the notebook, the Air Command menu launches automatically. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Notebook 9 Pen also gets an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition.

The devices are expected to be available this month in Korea and first quarter of 2018 in the United States.

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Both models of the Notebook 9 (2018) come with RealView full HD 1080p non-touchscreen displays. The Windows Hello camera - for video calls - has a 720p HD resolution. The 13-inch offers the same ports as the S Pen model except it features one extra USB 3.0 port. However, the similarity in design is all that is present in next year's laptops, as the new Notebook 9 models will boast additional features and top-end hardware specs.

The headlining news for TR readers is probably the inclusion of eighth-generation Core i7 processors in all three machines.

Buyers of the 15-inch Notebook 9 can choose between one Thunderbolt 3 port or one USB Type C, but otherwise will get as standard two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and a microSD slot.

The two regular laptops will have a 75Wh battery, while the Notebook 9 Pen will have a 39Wh battery. Along with the new processor, Samsung says it added its "largest and most powerful battery placed inside a notebook".

Here are a few more goodies to round off the Notebook 9 specs.

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