Samsung wants a piece of the enterprise PC market, and it hopes to get it with a new high-end 2-in-1, the Samsung Notebook 7 spin.
The new Windows 10 convertible features a 360-degree display hinge that enables both traditional notebook and tablet modes, similar to the popular Lenovo Yoga series. But Samsung sets its Notebook 7 spin apart with its focus on the enterprise, meaning it’s equal parts power, mobility, and utility.
Power, Mobility, & Utility
The power comes from Windows 10 Pro and the sixth-generation Core i processors. The Notebook 7 spin has two variations: A 13.3-inch 2-in-1 with a sixth-generation Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB SSD; and a 15.6 Notebook 7 spin, with a sixth-generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics (2GB DDR3L Graphic Memory), 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB + 128GB hybrid disk drive.
The utility comes from the bevy ports. Each has an audio in/out, DC-in, HDMI, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0. The 15.6 Notebook 7 has an additional USB 2.0, RJ45 (LAN), and a full-sized 3-in-1 card reader, while the 13.3-inch Notebook 7 has a microSD card reader.
Both also have a 1920 x 1080 display resolution. And while FHD seems low for a high-end device, with rival devices shipping with QHD or QHD+, it’s less of a drain on the battery. Both Notebook 7 spins have 45Wh batteries, which Samsung claims last 11.2 hours on the 13.3-inch Notebook 7 spin, and 8.7 hours on the larger spin.
Perhaps more useful is quick charging, which Samsung brings over from the popular Galaxy smartphone series. While the 13.3-inch Notebook 7 can fully charge in 100 minutes with the included adapter, the larger unit can charge in just 89 minutes.
Finally, the portability comes from the hinged scheme. Samsung isn’t alone in imitating the Yoga series. HP has the “360,” Asus has the “flip,” and both Dell and Toshiba launched similar products. It’s a tried-and-true design, one that takes full advantage of Windows 10 Contiuum in transforming from a tablet to a laptop.
No Stranger to Business
Samsung is already in deep with enterprise mobility, through its Knox security and device management suite, and the aforementioned Galaxy smartphone series, particularly the Galaxy Note. The Notebook 7 spin series extends that to PCs.
To that end, Samsung touts both as being “business ready,” with extended services agreements, a dedicated service and support channel, and an enterprise buyback program, which includes non-Samsung devices.
In fact, Samsung already dipped its toes in the enterprise PC market earlier this year with the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. Though not a traditional enterprise product, it targeted ultra-mobile professionals with its extremely thin and light build.
More Samsung PCs
Hopefully, the new Notebook 7 spin models represent Samsung’s renewed interest in the PC market, business or otherwise. We gushed over the Notebook 9 spin (formerly the ATIV) earlier this year, and loved the Notebook 9 laptops Samsung launched at CES in January.
After all, there’s good reason for it. According to IDC, while traditional notebook sales are down, 2-in-1 and convertible sales are ascending, as is the high-end of the market, well represented by the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Both Notebook 7 spins are now available through Samsung’s reseller and channel partners. The 13.3-inch unit is $899.99, while the 15.6-inch Notebook 7 spin is $1,299.99.