Samsung Announces Notebook 9 Pro 2-in-1, Includes S Pen Stylusby Ryan Smith on June 2, 2017 2:00 PM EST
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- Computex 2017
One of Samsung’s unique selling points in the Android phablet market has been the company’s S Pen. The multi-feature stylus comes with Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note line of phones, as well as the company’s tablets. Now, the pen is finally making the jump from Android devices to Windows laptops.
It will be bundled with the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, a laptop line the company announced this week at Computex. The 2-in-1 comes in 13.3-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and is powered by an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU.
The S Pen can sense 4,000 levels of pressure and has tilt sensitivity for drawing in any position. Furthermore, as this is a passive stylus, it doesn’t require charging. Importantly however, the S Pen won’t be limited to just Samsung software, as it is compatible with Windows Ink Workspace.
|Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Series|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7500U
(2C/4T, 2.7-3.5GHz, 4MB L3, 14nm, 15w)
|Display||13.3-inch 1920x1080, Touch Screen||15.0-inch 1920x1080, Touch Screen|
|Memory||8GB DDR4||16GB DDR4|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 620||Intel HD Graphics 620 +
AMD Radeon RX 540, 2GB GDDR5
|Wireless||2x2 802.11ac w/ Bluetooth 4.1|
|Connectivity||1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x 3.5mm headset
|Dimensions||310x217x16 mm||347x239x17 mm|
|Weight||1.32 kg||1.72 kg|
The 13-inch Notebook 9 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and the 15-inch laptop uses 16GB. Both have 256GB of SSD storage, while the 15-inch model also comes with a discrete AMD Radeon RX 540 video card. Both screens are full HD, and Samsung claims they provide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.
In addition, both Notebook 9 Pros can charge via USB Type-C, and other ports include 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and a microSD card slot. The laptops also support Windows Hello for facial recognition login.
Unfortunately Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing information at this time, but it sounds like these laptops should be ready for the market sooner than later.
Andrew Freedman contributed to this report
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BrokenCrayons - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linkNot bad, but it'd be nice of the specs of the 13 inch version had 16GB RAM as an optional upgrade and some sort of dGPU like the recently announced GeForce MX150. That'd probably pose a significant engineering problem due to space and heat constraints, but even Dell managed to cram a decent GPU into their 11 inch Alienware notebook.
Morawka - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linkdell only has a 13" and it's pretty damn thick.
Morawka - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linki meant alienware, but same thing!
BrokenCrayons - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linkCurrently, yes. However, they sold and 11.6 inch gaming laptop in the past. Anandtech covered all three iterations of it. Here's a link to the last version:
ddriver - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - linkI only wish the industry would finally walk away from the stupid, horrid "keyboard at the bottom in tablet mode" design. There are at the very least 3 solutions to achieve it in a "non detachable display" design. A swivel, a slider, or sliding side hinges.
Also scrap the touchpad at the bottom design, that just gets in the way. Move the keyboard down and if even necessary in a touchscreen product, add a touch enabled bar on top of the keys to fill the rest of the base.
Now if you were to also backlight it with an e-ink display so aside from a touch pad it can also be used as a programmable application specific shortcut bar you might just actually make something not only new, but also extremely useful. And I don't mean the thin slit apple did in lieu of function keys, I mean a good 2-3 inch of height that actually offers useful display real estate.
Samsung - have one of those with a quad core zen apu and better screen 6 months from now!
XZerg - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linkif this laptop allows ram and ssd user-upgradeable then it is almost perfect for me were it not for the damn dedicated video card. don't need it for my use case and i prefer the saved battery life and lower temperature. i would have much rather used that extra space and weight for bigger battery.
peevee - Monday, June 5, 2017 - linkSame thing. Why this dedicated card is even necessary? And 256GB of SSD is pathetic, it should not even be an option when you can buy 512GB SSD for $150 retail.
Ubiqutious - Friday, June 2, 2017 - linkSo, this is close to what I am looking for. I want a 'jacked' surface pro (I have the SP3) with a docked pen and MS aren't making it. Couple questions .
Is the CPU Quad Core on the 15" ?
How's the GPU compared to say a 1050 ?
and just to confirm, the pen docks in the tablet ? cause I love the pen on my SP3 but never have it with me when I want to use it !!!
I try and use my SP3 for Affinity Designer, Photoshop and mostly Lightroom and it's so slow it's unusable, and the screen is just that bit to small... so I end up using it as a glorified, overpriced tablet only, 90% of the time. So I was thinking of this in the 15" form factor and a yet to be released Note 8 (that hopefully doesn't explode) as the glorified tablet (and phone).
Santoval - Friday, June 2, 2017 - link"Is the CPU Quad Core on the 15" ?"
No, there is no Kaby Lake (or any Intel) quad core CPU at the 15W TDP range. According to Intel their upcoming Coffee Lake (also at 14nm, not to be confused with the 10nm Cannon Lake that will come a bit later) CPUs will be able to boast 4 cores / 8 threads at 15W TDP *and* at a higher base and boost clock. Provided that the base clock can be sustained on all 4 cores that means more than doubling of the power efficiency at the same process node, so let's say I am quite skeptical. They actually benchmarked a 15W 4C/8T Coffee Lake running at... 4.0 Ghz boost clock against a i7-7500U (the CPU of these two laptops). They did not disclose the base clock, but there is no way it is 2.7 Ghz, it should be at least 3.0 Ghz.
"How's the GPU compared to say a 1050 ?"
Take a look yourself. I did not find an RX 540 with 2 GB, but this RX 540 4 GB against a 1050 with 2 GB should not be very far off the mark. If Samsung clocked the RX 540 lower than 1.2 Ghz (and presumably they did, since at 1.2 Ghz RX 540's TDP is 64W) the differences should be even wider :
Lolimaster - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - linkWe have to wait for Ryzen 4 cores. It has a nasty efficiency at lower clocks
8 Core Ryzen 7 delivers 800point in CB 15 with just 30w of power consumption.