Samsung Refreshes 2018 Notebook 9 Lineup, Adds Built-in S Pen Model

Ahead of CES 2018 where we usually see these laptops, Samsung has announced its refreshed the Notebook 9 series of convertibles with spec bumps in almost every area. It's a 13.3-inch 2-in-1 notebook, and as the name suggests the Notebook 9 Pen includes an integrated S Pen, much like the Notebook 9 Pro introduced in May. The Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) is powered by the 8th generation of Intel Core i7 processor along with Intel HD Graphics. All new notebooks are built of magnesium aluminum alloy, dubbed as "Metal12". The 13.3-inch screen variant comes standard with Intel HD graphics while the 15-inch model comes with optional 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics processor.

Samsung's Notebook 9 was one of the thinnest and lightest 15-inch laptops we tested in 2017 and it had one of the longest battery run-times at more than 12 hours.

Like LG, Samsung's new upgraded line of Notebook 9 devices focus on battery life, too. Whenever the S Pen is detached from the notebook, the Air Command will automatically be launched with the S Pen shortcuts as we have seen in the previous Samsung devices. Unique among the three, it features an IR camera that supports Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in.

The Notebook 9 (2018) will be running on Windows 10 and it will be available with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of SSD storage.

The headlining news for TR readers is probably the inclusion of eighth-generation Core i7 processors in all three machines. There is a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, and a fingerprint sensor as well.

Here are a few more goodies to round off the Notebook 9 specs. Lenovo is also expected to announce its Windows on ARM laptop at CES next month, so the competition amongst laptop makers will hopefully get heated this year. On the connectivity front, the 13-inch models support USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 2, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic and DC-in, while the 15-inch models support Thunderbolt 3 x 1 (or USB type C), USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, uSD x 1, HP/Mic x 1, DC-in.

The two regular laptops will have a 75Wh battery, while the Notebook 9 Pen will have a 39Wh battery.

The company has also made use of the "largest and most powerful" battery it has ever put into a laptop for two of the new models. It's, in many ways, similar to this year's model in that it's still a 13.3-inch slim notebook that can be used in varying configurations, including laptop, tent mode and tablet mode.

  • Kara Saunders