Samsung is expanding its Notebook 9 family with the 13.3-inch Notebook 9 and 15-inch Notebook 9. The duo will serve as a means for the company to extend the Notebook 9 Plus’ premium chassis design into additional computing options. The two models target users who need productivity on the go with a razor thin design and premium spec options including up to 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors and up to 256GB of SSD storage. These features make the new Notebook 9 a serious contender with Apple’s popular MacBook and other industry leading ultrabooks.
Sporting a sleek silver magnesium chassis with slow moving curves and rounded edges, the pair of notebooks have clean stylish aesthetic. Both models offer nearly the same design, though as you’d expect there are a few small variations that separate them. In particular the 15-inch model boasts an incredibly thin 6.2mm bezel. The ultra-thin profile allows Samsung to cram the 15-inch display into a 14-inch chassis, giving users excellent portability without having to compromise on screen real estate. The 13.3-inch is incredibly thin as well, but Samsung was unable to give us exact bezel measurements on the model. Both units are incredibly lightweight at 2.84 pounds and 1.85 pounds for the 15-inch and 13-inch models respectively. The inward curve on the bottom of the chassis also makes it easy to carry. Even while rushing to shoot photos at the reveal event, I was surprised at how comfortably the 15-inch Notebook 9 was to hold in one hand.
Despite being so thin, both models managed to offer a full-sized Chiclet-style backlit keyboard. While NBR’s time with the devices was limited, I was pleased by the feel and responsiveness of both devices. As expected, given the devices’ thin profiles travel distance is a bit shallow at 1.5mm, the responsive feedback of the keys easily counteracts that, making it easy to get into a steady rhythm while typing.
The two models have nearly identical spec options. Both units will run on Windows 10, with Intel 6th generation i5 and i7 CPU options, with up to 8GB of RAM, IntelHD 520 on board graphics, and up to 256GB of SSD storage. The 13.3-inch model actually has the slight edge when it comes to the display. Both machines feature FHD (1920 x 1080 resolution) panels, but the 13.3-inch version is slightly brighter at 400nits, compared to the 350nit 15-inch display. NBR didn’t get a chance to run the displays through the full ringer, but the panels held up well under the heavy lighting at the event. The 15-inch model will also feature fast charging, with the ability fully charge in just an hour and half according to Samsung along with USB Type C ports offering up to 5Gbps transfer rate for both data and output to 4K resolution displays.
With a thin stylish design and strong specs, the Samsung Notebook 9, is starting to look like an excellent option for professionals that want productivity in a lightweight form factor. Luckily users who are looking to try out these laptops won’t have to wait that long. The 15-inch and 13-inch Notebook 9 models will be made available in early 2016. Samsung will also be looking to make an additional 13.3-inch Notebook 9 with Windows 10 Professional available in early 2016 as well.