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

Kelley Robertson
December 16, 2017

It thus makes ideal sense for the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) to be unveiled today ahead of commercial launches in Korea later this same month, followed by United States expansions in the first quarter of the new year. For one, the 13-inch Notebook 9 2018 model has the 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, accompanied by 16 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) and up to 512 GB of internal storage, giving the 2017 MacBook a serious competition. 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 Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is basically a 2-in-1 PC armed with the S-Pen stylus. The first is Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen, and perhaps the most interesting of the trio.

The Notebook 9 Pen fully supports Windows Hello with a built-in fingerprint scanner, but it also has an infrared camera front-facing camera.

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. Theyll be shown off at CES in Las Vegas. The notebook has an IR camera with 720p resolution, a backlit keyboard, and a precision touchpad.

In addition, to support for third-person solo, duo, and squad gameplay on the current Erangel map, PUBG on Xbox One will also feature vaulting at its launch into the Xbox Game Preview program. It is powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and can be configured with up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and 512GB storage. Samsung isn't saying exactly how long the Notebook 9 will last with the 75Wh Hexacell battery though. Samsung claims it can recognise 4,096 levels of pressure with a fine 0.7mm tip and convenient tilt detection to allow a more natural writing and drawing experience.

The larger model will even be offered with optional discreet NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, as well as all the ports you could ever need, including Thunderbolt 3 technology, a pair of USB 3.0s, a USB 2.0, HDMI, and a microSD slot. That makes them, at the heaviest, only slightly heavier than the Notebook 9 Pen, though you don't get the added convenience of that 360-degree display and integrated battery-free stylus. 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.

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