Samsung Notebook 9 Series Refreshed With Kaby Lake, Maintains Incredibly Light Frame

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If you were already a fan of Samsung’s Notebook 9 series, the South Korean electronics giant has just given you a few more reasons to consider pulling out your credit card. Samsung has not only made some tweaks to the exterior of the 13.3- and 15-inch notebooks, but it has upgraded the internal hardware to keep the pace with the latest in processing and storage technologies.

Samsung has pared down the rough edges, giving the notebooks gentler curves and the bezels have been minimized along the sides (although rather thick bezels remain at the top and bottom). If you thought that Apple had an obsession with thin and lightweight designs, it still doesn’t have anything on Samsung. The 13.3-inch Notebook 9 weighs in at an “impossibly light” 1.8 pounds, while the 15-inch model is still incredibly light at just 2.2 pounds.

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For comparison, Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros weigh in at 3.02 pounds and 4.02 pounds respectively.

On the hardware front, Samsung has equipped the refreshed Notebook 9 series with seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. The smaller model is available in both Core i5 and Core i7 varieties, while the larger of the two is only available with a Core i7. Both can be equipped with up to 16GB of RAM if you opt for the Core i7 processor, and both come with 1920x1080 resolution displays that feature 178-degrees viewing angles along with a 500 nits brightness rating.

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On the storage front, the smaller Notebook 9 makes do with an “old” 256GB SSD running on the SATA3 interface, while its larger sibling is blessed with up to a 256GB SSD using a PCIe NVMe interface. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB-C port, HDMI and microSD slots (see Apple, that wasn’t so hard). Both laptops include a 30 WHr battery with Fast Charging support and Samsung quotes up to 7 hours of battery life for the Notebook 9 series.

We don’t have official pricing or availability for the refreshed Notebook 9 series, but we’re sure to hear more details at CES 2017 next month in Las Vegas.