Samsung announced in a press release today that they will launch the newest versions of the 13.3-inch and 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 and Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the 8th gen. Intel Core processors this month already in Korea, and that it will hit other markets at the beginning of 2018, with the timeframe for the US being within Q1 of 2018.
Two versions of these Windows 10 laptops and convertibles have been launched so far in 2017, with the first ones being released in June with up to an Intel Core i7-7500U processor. But then in October already they were upgraded to an Intel Core i7-8550U processor as the fastest processor choice.
The changes are few, but of course a new processor is important. What specific processor choices will be available have not been announced yet, but Samsung says at least that a Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU will be optional on the 15-inch Notebook 9.
Another new entry is the 75Wh Hexacell battery in the 15-inch and 13.3-inh Notebook 9’s, which Samsung says is the largest battery they’ve ever placed inside a laptop. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen at 13.3-inch will still have the 39Wh battery though.
Other than that, the specs and design is like before, meaning up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB storage, 1920 x 1080 resolution, USB C port, USB 3.0 ports, a fingerprint reader and IR camera for facial recognition, a 720p front webcam, full Wi-Fi cover, 1.5W stereo speakers, with 500 nits brightness on the Notebook 9 and 450 nits on the Notebook 9 Pro.
And though the bezels are still the modern and narrow 6.2mm thick as before, the actual body of the whole laptop appears to have changed, with a change to an even lighter premium magnesium aluminum called Metal12.
Because of this material choice, the weight is just 995 grams on the 13.3-inch models, and 1260 to 1290 grams on the 15-inch models, both of which are very low weights.
We’ll update once these new 2018 model laptops and convertibles from Samsung becomes available in the US next year.
– Tom Bowen