Samsung on Thursday introduced its next-generation Notebook 9 convertible laptops that will hit the market next year. The new lineup of convertibles includes models with a 13.3-inch display or a 15-inch display. These models and are aimed at professionals who need performance of Intel’s Core i7 CPUs along with convenience of a stylus in a relatively portable package. Also notable is that the new systems are the industry’s first PCs from a renowned brand to feature a UFS card reader.

Samsung’s Notebook 9 lineup of notebooks is well known and respected for its portability and moderate pricing. The company has been expanding this product family for quite a while now, introducing the Notebook 9 Pro in mid-2017, the Notebook 9 Pen in late 2017, and the Notebook 9 Spin convertibles somewhere along the line, creating some confusion. Since the “Pro” and the “Pen” have a lot in common, it looks like Samsung is going to merge these two lineups into one starting next year. Since the new Notebook 9 Pen hybrid laptops will have to address slightly different audiences, Samsung had to significantly alter design of its 13.3-inch Notebook 9 Pen convertible machine: the new one features a higher-capacity battery, but a bit thicker profile and a higher weight (15.9 mm, 1.12 kilograms).

Despite different display sizes (yet both featuring a Full-HD resolution) and overall dimensions (see the table below for exact numbers), the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 13 and Notebook 9 Pen 15 resemble each other a lot. Both systems come in a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with Ocean Blue finish.

The new units ship with Samsung’s new S Pen stylus that is stored inside the chassis, can sense 4,000 levels of pressure, has tilt sensitivity, and features a reduced latency when compared to the existing model. Perhaps, the most interesting feature of the tiny device is swappable tip for different types of work. Both machines are equipped with a 54 Wh battery that provides up to 15 hours of battery life on one charge in the best-case scenario.

Hardware wise, both Notebook 9 Pen systems are based on Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processor (think quad-core Whiskey Lake) accompanied by LPDDR3 memory, and a PCIe/NVMe SSD. The 13.3-inch model relies on Intel Graphics UHD 620 iGPU, whereas the 15-inch SKU has an NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 discrete GPU paired with 2 GB of RAM for extra graphics oomph.

I/O capabilities are strong selling points of Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen. The upcoming hybrid PCs from Samsung have a 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth controller featuring Gigabit-class performance, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB Type-C connector, stereo speakers co-developed with AKG, a microphone, a TRRS audio input/output, and a UFS + microSD card reader. The latter deserves a special attention as this is the first time when a renowned PC maker launches a laptop with a UFS card reader. Being the main driving force behind the UFS specification, Samsung yet has to support these high-performance cards on its other products and we can only wonder why the company has not done so thus far. In the meantime, the fact that Samsung’s new laptops have a UFS card reader may indicate that the company has plans to enable UFS support on other devices as well.

When it comes to security, Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen systems are outfitted with a fingerprint reader along with an HD webcam featuring IR sensors for Windows Hello facial recognition.

General Specifications of Samsung Notebook Notebook 9 Pen
  Notebook 9
Pen 13
Notebook 9
Pen 13
Notebook 9
Pen 15
Launch 2018 2019 2019
Display Type 13.3" RealViewTouch 13.3" RealViewTouch (?) 15.0" RealViewTouch (?)
Resolution 1920×1080
Brightness Typical: 350 cd/m²
Outdoor: 500 cd/m²
? ?
CPU 8th Gen Intel Core i7 (KBL-R) 8th Gen Intel Core i7
(Whiskey Lake?)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 (24 EUs) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (24 EUs) NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2 GB
Memory Up to 16 GB DDR4 LPDDR3
Storage SSD Up to 512 GB PCIe PCIe/NVMe SSD
Card microSD card reader UFS + microSD card reader
Wireless Connectivity 2x2 802.11ac
BT 4.1
2x2 802.11ac Wave 2
Thunderbolt 3 - 2 × Thunderbolt 3
USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Display Outputs HDMI DP 1.2 via TB3
Webcam 720p webcam with IR sensors
Battery 39 Wh 54 Wh
Audio 2 × 1.5 W speakers
1 × microphone
1 × TRRS jack
Stereo speakers
with ThunderAmp
1 × microphone
1× TRRS jack
Dimensions Width 310.5 mm | 12.22" 307.9 mm | 12.12" 347.9 mm | 13.7"
Depth 206.6 mm | 8.13" 206.2 | 8.11" 229.1 mm | 9"
Thickness 14.4 - 16.5 mm
0.56" - 0.65"
14.9 - 15.9
0.58" - 0.63"
16.9 mm
Weight 995 g | 2.19 lbs 1.12 kg | 2.47 lbs 1.56 kg | 3.44 lbs

Samsung plans to demonstrate the new Notebook 9 Pen machines next month at CES. Also at the show the company will disclose exact specs of the convertible notebooks as well as prices.

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Samsung plans to demonstrate the new Notebook 9 Pen machines next month at CES. Also at the show the company will disclose exact specs of the convertible notebooks as well as prices.

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  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    I would agree on the resolution, so old school now a days

    But USB Type A just makes the modern notebooks fat - can be solved adapters and docks
  • Tams80 - Sunday, December 16, 2018 - link

    For smaller displays, sure. For larger displays wider aspect ratios are better. Now there are limits, but wider aspect ratios allow for better running of programs side-by-side and allow more screen real estate for toolbars etc.

    4:2 and 3:2 workspaces are great (except for video work), but once you add in all the UI then they end up not being those aspect ratios. 16:10 and 16:9, on the other hand, end up giving you squarer actual workspaces. With the option to have more rectangular ones if you want.
  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Dell 15 2in1 has 2 TB3 and 2 USB C on other side, of course TB3 is 100% downward compatible with USB C which can all be connected with old fashion USB A
  • descendency - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Why is Intel (and therefore all of their buyers) stuck on LPDDR3? This was a problem 2-3 generations ago. (this is why we are capped at 16gb of RAM on most laptops... and the ones that are 32+gb are using non LP RAM).
  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Intel is not stuck on DDR3 and if look close at specs the 13in version is on DDR4 - so this is error in specs or Samsung decide to use DDR3 for some reasons on 15.
  • descendency - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    It's not the LP variant. The LPDDR4 support does not exist on any intel chips.
  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Still on Intel Arc - cpu indicate either DDR4 or DDR3LP - so your statement needs be more specific and stated Intel mobile chips does not support DDR4LP - possibly Whiskey lake supports - or something even better especially ones base on Sunny Cove;
  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    LPDDR4 memory appears to be base on manufacture of product- here is Atom based product that supports it

    My XPS 15 2in1 which I am typing this on has LPDDR4 memory - so this is not Intel issue but Samsung issue.
  • HStewart - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Also new generation XPS 15 but not XPS 13 - so since the 15in is newer CPU it has LPDDR4

    On Samsung use older cpu.
  • sharath.naik - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    LG gram is 2 lb has a 73WH battery.

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