Samsung's new convertible laptop charges in 90 minutes


— 10:18 AM on June 23, 2016

Samsung is sprucing up its Windows laptop offerings with the new Notebook 7 Spin family. This Windows 10 device comes in 13.3- or 15.6-inch flavors, and it's a flexible-hinge-type convertible with a 1080p touchscreen, a 1TB hard drive, and optional discrete graphics.

That's all well and good, but this laptop's ability to charge to full in 90 minutes is its key feature. Samsung also says the Notebook 7 Spin can grab two hours of battery life with 20 minutes of charging. That rapid-charge ability might make this device more attractive to people who absolutely need a laptop for maximum mobility.

The somewhat pedestrian 13.3-inch model is equipped with a Core i5-6200U CPU and uses that processor's HD 520 graphics. Samsung did at least outfit the machine with 8GB of dual-channel DDR4, so performance from the little Skylake should be acceptable.

On the other hand, the 15.6-inch model comes in two variations. Both wield a Core i7-6500U processor and a GeForce 940MX discrete GPU with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The cheaper of the two has 12GB of memory, while the more expensive model has 16GB and a 128GB SSD. The elephant in the room with these laptops is that only the top-end model includes any solid-state storage.

Samsung says all three models feature "expandable storage options," so we suppose users can install their own SSDs. Other features common to the Notebook 7 Spin family include an automatic backlit keyboard, HDMI out, and a USB Type-C port. That multifunction port supports transfer rates up to 5Gbps, and the cryptic "Charging" note on Samsung's specifications probably indicates rapid charging support for compatible mobile devices.

The Notebook 7 Spin will be released on June 26th. Samsung will be offering the new convertible through its own website, Best Buy stores, and BestBuy.com. The 13.3" model will be $799.99, while the 15.6" models are priced at $999.99 or $1199.99 for the SSD-equipped model.

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