Samsung upgrades the Notebook 7 Spin with an eighth-gen Core i5

Intel's latest ultra-low-power 15-W mobile processors likely have more than a few gerbils thinking that it's time for a new notebook, since these new CPUs generally offer more cores and threads than last year's offerings, all in the same power envelope. To tempt folks into splurging on a new machine, Samsung is updating its Notebook 7 Spin with a new eighth-gen Core i5 processor, a reasonably-sized SSD, and active pen support.

Samsung didn't specify which exact CPU is at the heart of the Notebook 7 Spin, but it's likely to be either the Core i5-8350U with a 1.7 GHz base clock and 3.6 GHz turbo speed, or the Core i5-8250U with a 1.6 GHz base and 3.4 GHz max turbo clocks. Both models are 15-W quad-core, eight-thread parts. Samsung pairs up the processor with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Power is supplied by a 43-Wh battery that purportedly offers better battery life than the one in last year's model.

The Notebook 7 Spin's display is a 13.3" PLS panel with a resolution of 1920×1080. It's also touch-enabled, and Samsung pairs it with one of its active pens (sold separately). The machine's hinge will rotate the display 360° so that the notebook can be used as a tablet or an upright display.

The notebook is wrapped up in a metal chassis that looks to be pleasantly thin and light. It measures in at 12.4" x 8.5" 0.7" (31.6 cm x 21.5 cm x 1.9 cm), and weighs just 3.4 lb (1.5 kg). The Notebook 7 Spin has a backlit keyboard, a Precision Touchpad, a fingerprint scanner, and an integrated far-field microphone. For peripheral connectivity, the notebook has one each of USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports.

Samsung plans to make the Notebook 7 Spin available in the United States in the first quarter of 2018. The company hasn't yet tipped its hand about pricing, however, or what alternate configurations will be available.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    It’s going to be decent, like the previous iterations, but overpriced.

    Sadly, the previous generations are a mostly-plastic design, but they’re priced alongside all-metal or even carbon equivalents which is disappointing. I’d be interested if it competed with the £500 platic models from Acer, Asus and Lenovo’s ideapads but over here in the UK the Spin 7 has been £800 for the base model, meaning that the desirable (SSD) versions are more expensive than the vastly-superior-spec, all-carbon P648, for example. You’d need to be clueless about the rest of the market, or plain out of options to buy one in the past. Here’s hoping Samsung actually compete this time around….

    • gerryg
    • 2 years ago

    Wow look how fat and heavy it is. And it has a bezel. Looks like plain gray. <Thppt> It’ll never sell.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Samsung pairs it with one of its active pens (sold separately). [/quote<] So really, *you* have to pair it. Samsung won't do that for you. 😀

      • gerryg
      • 2 years ago

      I think it should be “pearing” [url<][/url<]

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