Notebook 9 Pen, Notebook 9, and Notebook 7 Spin — New Samsung notebooks

Isaac Cain
January 9, 2018

The Notebook 7 Spin was originally released back in 2016. Samsung says that it will showcase the notebook at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starting next week. There is no update on the pricing of the hybrid laptop.

The dimensions of the Spin 7 are 12.4 by 8.5 by 0.73 inches. The 2-in-1 notebook is based on Windows 10. It's an interesting choice from a design perspective, given the fact that most of these PC come with larger pens for drawing and the like. It's also passive, meaning you don't have to worry about charging the thing.

The smaller battery may have helped Samsung keep the device lightweight, but it would also affect its battery life.

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South Korean technology behemoth Samsung has announced its revamped laptops. That's far less than Microsoft Surface Book 2's 17 hours and Lenovo Yoga 920's 15 hours. The device offers up to 512GB storage and Intel HD Graphics. The backlit keyboard includes features like a 1.5mm keystroke, curved keycap, and a Precision Touchpad. Its maximum display brightness isn't all that great at 450 nits, especially under direct sunlight. I also would've preferred a more robust selection of ports - there's one USB-C port, one USB 3.0 port, a microSD slot and an HDMI-out - but here's hoping the final price tag reflects this. It comes with built-in Windows Hello for security. Think of its tablet mode as a convenient bonus.

The stylus may feel too small for people with big hands. The accessory is ideal for to draw a sketch or jot down notes on the fly. When you pop the stylus out, you'll get a Galaxy Note-like "Air Command" menu with shortcuts for different features.

You can even scribble written notes as the laptop records your surroundings, or you can make GIFs, by using the S Pen to capture bits of on-screen video. No pricing has been revealed yet, but it will be available in the USA in the first quarter of the year. Pricing is still TBA for both, but I'd expect them to be in line with the last generation, keeping the 7 Spin at under $1,000 and making them both pretty compelling models for students.

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