Samsung has announced the latest addition to its Notebook line of laptops. The Notebook 9 Pro flaunts a 360-degree hinge, touchscreen with S Pen active stylus support and a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, amongst other features.
This seems like one of many laptops that are trending toward greater flexibility and tablet-like utility. It can be used in tablet mode, with the keyboard folded entirely beneath it (which is probably the best way to use the S Pen), as a normal clamshell-style laptop, or in in a table tent mode. The S Pen, which requires no charging or batteries, supports Windows Ink's handwriting features, for taking notes and sketching on the display. Starting at 310 x 217 x 16 mm (12.2 x 8.54 x 0.63 inches) and 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs), it's also competitively light and thin.
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The Notebook 9 Pro is available in both 13.3-inch and 15-inch sizes, which sport most of the same internals, such as 256 GB of built-in storage, a 54W-h battery with USB-C fast charge and a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. They are also generously equipped with I/O ports, sporting two legacy USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, along with HDMI and a microSD reader. The devices support Windows Hello's facial recognition feature for fast and secure biometric logins.
The larger size does have a few additional benefits, such as an off-chip AMD Radeon 540 graphics card, for better rendering, as well as more RAM (the 13-inch version starts off with 8 GB of RAM; the 15-incher has 16 GB).
Samsung has yet to announce exact pricing and availability, but we expect the Notebook 9 Pro will be released in the coming months.