Samsung Notebook 9 Pen convertibles have a nifty trick up their sleeves

While the traditional clamshell laptop form factor has always been king, one could say that the future is convertible. Samsung certainly seems to think that way, if one were to judge by the recently announced nifty Notebook 9 Pen fold-back convertibles.

Despite what the name might lead you to think, the convertibles aren't 9" machines—they come in 13" and 15" sizes. We'll start with the common characteristics first. The Notebook 9 Pen is powered by an eighth-generation Core i7 processor that gets its data from 16 GB of RAM. A 512-GB NVMe SSD is pretty dang roomy for a portable machine, and there's also a microSD slot for further expansion.

The 13" machine weighs 2.47 lb (1.12 kg) and uses an IGP for pixel-pushing, while the 15" machine tips the scales at 3.44 lb (1.56 kg) but contains an Nvidia MX150 graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM. The two variants are otherwise identical save for their dimensions.

The Notebook 9 pen is built using an all-metal chassis that's partially made of aluminum. The casing contains a 54-Wh battery that Samsung says should be good for up to 15 hours between arguments with a wall socket. The port cluster contains two Thunderbolt 3 ports alongside another USB Type-C port. Wi-Fi connectivity is above par in this machine thanks to a 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 controller. The keyboard has backlighting for that moody night-time computing.

The convertible has one special trick up its proverbial sleeve, though. The chassis contains a slot that hosts an S Pen stylus, which Samsung says has half the latency as the previous model. Last but not least, there's an infrared-enabled webcam with facial recognition support, and a pair of 5-W speakers that Samsung says can be driven pretty loud thanks to an amplifier affectionately called ThunderAmp.

As is familiar with pre-CES gear, there are no price tags just yet. Samsung does say that the Notebook 9 Pen will be in South Korean stores from December 14 and will be doing a world tour through the US, China, Brazil and Hong Kong in early 2019.

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    • Voldenuit
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]The convertible has one special trick up its proverbial sleeve, though. The chassis contains a slot that hosts an S Pen stylus[/quote<] What, you mean like lenovo has been doing with its X2xx-series convertible Thinkpads for *years*, and also does on modern Yogas (like the 930) with pen input? I mean, it's better than microsoft's half-arsed Surface Pro pen storage "solutions", but it should be the norm, not the exception, today.

    • Shobai
    • 11 months ago

    Have they kept that feature from the Note where there’s nothing to stop you putting the stylus home backwards, and doing so will break the device?

      • Spunjji
      • 11 months ago

      Which Note let you do this? Never had that issue with the Note 2, and I can’t understand why you’d ever try to put it in nib-last.

        • Shobai
        • 11 months ago

        Note 5, if memory serves.

    • sweatshopking
    • 11 months ago

    All pc’s are getting to be the same again. Time for MS to change the market again. These do make macs look ancient though.

      • Chrispy_
      • 11 months ago

      What, a 13″ IGP-powered convertible making macs look ancient?

      These Samsung convertibles *are* dated. We’ve had this exact thing in the market for OVER FIVE YEARS already, and knowing Samsung, these will be overpriced and under-supported by Samsung on both the software and warranty side.

        • sweatshopking
        • 11 months ago

        Totally agree. Time to innovate beyond just a pen and a touch screen.

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