Samsung Notebook 9 laptops are lighter than ever with Kaby Lake

Samsung announced yesterday that it's refreshing its flagship Notebook 9 laptops in 13" and 15" sizes with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, just in time for the new year. The machines offers up a new look this time around (compared to the version unveiled back in January), alongside a few other features in an otherwise-standard lineup refresh.

The new Notebook 9s are just a hair thicker than its predecessors, but the 13" model is now featherweight at 1.8 lb—about half a pound less than the previous version—while the 15" model slimmed down two-thirds of a pound to only 2.2 lbs. Meanwhile, the bezel around the screen is smaller than ever for the Notebook 9 series. Samsung says the display supports "HDR color," though we note that the quoted color gamut is 95% of the sRGB space instead of full Rec.2020 coverage. The company also added a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint reader to the new Notebook 9s.

The battery in the machines packs Samsung's Fast Charging tech, and a USB Type-C port allows for charging not just with the standard power cable, but also from a portable cellphone charger. While last year's model promised a questionably-attainable 12 hours of duration, Samsung has rolled back the 2017 Notebook 9's estimate to a more conservative 7 hours.

Information about pricing and release date isn't yet available, but with the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show just around the corner, it won't be long before the price tags pop up.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Isn’t all the Samsung stuff catching fire and getting recalled because it’s [i<]too[/i<] thin? I seem to recall that the 'unsalvageable design' of the Note 7 was because they spent so much effort trying to make it slimmer and more compact that they couldn't safely fit a competitive battery in it. Regardless, how does Samsung expect it to sell without large, complex backlit logos, RGBLED adornments, tempered glass instead of a normal aluminium exterior, or angular cyborg tattoo military-camo design flair.

      • blastdoor
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Regardless, how does Samsung expect it to sell without large, complex backlit logos, RGBLED adornments, tempered glass instead of a normal aluminium exterior, or angular cyborg tattoo military-camo design flair.[/quote<] Nicely put -- I literally smirked out loud! Does anybody make a high-end case that doesn't look like that? Is there anything out there that's professional and elegant? Some analog of the pre-2013 aluminum Mac Pro case?

        • Anton Kochubey
        • 3 years ago

        Lian Li has a few classy cases. They’re quite pricey, though.

    • RdVi
    • 3 years ago

    Title: “Samsung Notebook 9 laptops are slimmer than ever”

    Body: “The new Notebook 9s are just a hair thicker than its predecessors”

    Sorry but I’m confused… I’ve always thought of slim as a synonym for thin. Not something that relates to weight alone but implies less weight because of a thinner/smaller size.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      “Lighter.” That’s the word we should have used. Thanks for the heads-up.

      Although [i<]technically[/i<] it was still correct. 🙂

    • xeridea
    • 3 years ago

    7H battery life, is that at idle, with screen off?

    Or is the CPU downclocked to <1GHz

    Does it have a fan, or is it “Lap cooled”?

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    30Wh.

    The next logical step for the thinness wars is no battery at all.

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      [url=https://www.wired.com/2012/02/intel-solar-chip-nears-light-of-day/<]Careful what you wish for...[/url<]

      • blastdoor
      • 3 years ago

      Well… I remember as a kid having a solar powered calculator that lacked a battery. Perhaps all that was old shall be new again.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        OH YEAH!

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y43XLVqjytQ[/url<]

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 3 years ago

    Is this the future hot laptop to get?

    What, too soon?

      • NeelyCam
      • 3 years ago

      I saw a GTA 5 youtube video where someone was using Note 7 as an uber grenade/stickybomb

    • brucethemoose
    • 3 years ago

    I see manufacturers are going to ruin any meaning behind the “HDR” buzzword.

      • Noinoi
      • 3 years ago

      A display that doesn’t even perfectly hit sRGB at the very least seems to not be going to “wow” as well as an actual HDR display with a proper gamut compared to your average sRGB display… unless it has really good black levels and mitigates colour banding on large gradient areas I suspect it’s pretty much as well as not there, I think.

      Then again I’ve never seen a HDR display in person, though it seems like they seem to be something that once you have seen it, you can’t go back…

        • rems
        • 3 years ago

        HDRs are supposed to be able to render 10bit color depth and rec709(sRGB) is about 1/2 of that rec2020-10b so I don’t think they should be allowed to talk about HDR when their screen can’t even render rec2020 let alone be accurate about it.

          • brucethemoose
          • 3 years ago

          Rec 2020 is basically impossible right now.

          But your point stands. This isn’t even sRGB. Heck, Samsung is probably using a white LED backlight with a IPS display just like every other premium laptop, meaning this has absolutely nothing to do with HDR.

            • rems
            • 3 years ago

            Is rec2020 even impossible with oled because I’d think that this is the tech where it’s naturally more plausible to happen first.

            • Generic
            • 3 years ago

            I think quantum dot displays are within spitting distance. With 2020 you have single point primaries, and quantum dots lend themselves to this by their very nature.

            QLED can’t come soon enough, though.

            • rems
            • 3 years ago

            We’ll see how Qled behaves but according to this: [url<]http://ca.rtings.com/tv/tests/picture-quality/wide-color-gamut-rec-709-dci-p3-rec-2020[/url<] oled's already doing pretty good but some led screens are also amongst the top ones so it still depends on which screen you go for!

            • Generic
            • 3 years ago

            Rtings is the bomb-digity.

            And those top rated LEDs have quantum dot color filters if I’m not mistaken.

            I want QLED (emmisive qdots) to happen to keep LG looking over their shoulder should they ever get black crush and overall brightness addressed. 🙂

            • brucethemoose
            • 3 years ago

            With their current materials, I don’t think so. LG’s TV OLEDs and Samsung’s Galaxy displays don’t even cover DCI-P3.

            But who knows what they’ll use in future OLEDs.

    • hansmuff
    • 3 years ago

    Notify me when they make laptop for men again. The Elitebook 840 was my favorite ever out of a long line and HP fucked it all up since then. More battery more ports please.

      • Kretschmer
      • 3 years ago

      Those laptops still exist. I don’t like these “ultra-thin-no-battery” units, but the x86 laptop market is big enough for different times of machine.

      My XPS 13 is pretty awesome and I can’t see why anyone would care to be thinner or lighter than that.

      • dyrdak
      • 3 years ago

      I won’t buy a laptop without an Ethernet port and removable storage device. They locked us in on phones, no reason to let them do the same on PC platform.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Good thing they lowered the battery estimate instead of, god forbid, increasing the battery size.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    If you can’t knock a man unconcious with a notebook, what good is it I ask?

      • EzioAs
      • 3 years ago

      And why pay all that money for a notebook that could barely knock a man unconscious? A $10 hardcover book could do the job even better, I say.

        • the
        • 3 years ago

        A french baguette works just as well.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Too light to be a mallet, too blunt to be a cleaver, what’s a gerbil to do?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      That’s quite a claim. Would you be willing to be a test subject to it?

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Sure. I’m more than happy to hit you over the head with these models!

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 3 years ago

      I say if you can’t dice veggies with a note book then what good is it?
      [url<]https://youtu.be/wtTJKtXyx_Q[/url<]

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 3 years ago

      Have you heard the saying, “with sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine?” You just need some enthusiasm.

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      If a notebook goes to less than eleven on the Manknockbench 2017, what good is it for everyday use?

    • ludi
    • 3 years ago

    But will it burn down Crysis?

      • Lord.Blue
      • 3 years ago

      One would hope they are using a different battery designer for this, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend using this as a laptop…

      • Ninjitsu
      • 3 years ago

      You mean, “will it create a crisis?”

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