In the popular ultrabook category, being thin and light is a surefire way to garner attention from consumers. Samsung is taking thin and light to the extreme with its 2016-model Notebook 9 Series. The Notebook 9 Series is available in both 13.3-inch and 15-inch varieties, and both use a magnesium alloy chassis to achieve incredibly low weights.
In the case of the smaller model, it weighs in at an unheard of 1.85 pounds, which makes it the world’s lightest 13.3-inch notebook according to Samsung. While Samsung swung for the fences with respect to weight, the same cannot be said for the display. You’ll find a 1920x1080 display instead of a WQHD unit, but that may be for the better — the last thing that you want is a power-hungry display in a thin and light notebook that doesn’t have much room for capacious battery.
On the hardware front, you’ll be able to select up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Ports are plentiful, as you’ll have access to two USB 3.0, a micro HDMI, mini Ethernet, mini VGA and a 3-in-1 media reader. As for battery life, Samsung says that the 13.3-inch model can last up to 10 hours per charge. That’s an impressive figure for a device so light, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
The 15-inch model carries the same hardware specs as its lesser brother, but weighs roughly a pound more (2.84 pounds). That’s still an impressive figure for a 15-inch class notebook, but like the 13.3-inch model, you’re still limited to a screen resolution of 1920x1080. Port options largely mirror that of the 13.3-inch model with the exception of an added USB-C port. Samsung says that the 15-inch model is good for up to 12 hours of battery life, and supports a Quick Charging feature which gives you a 0% to full charge in just 90 minutes.
Both machines will be available in Iron Silver and Modern Pink when they launch in the coming months. Unfortunately, pricing is available for either machine at this time.