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Samsung may have taken a few hits to its smartphone image in recent months, but that doesn’t mean it can’t continue innovating elsewhere. To that end, it’s introduced three new laptops at CES 2017, targeting different audiences with each, though they retain Samsung’s flair for style and function throughout.

Samsung Notebook 9

The first of the new additions to Samsung’s notebook line up, is the “9”, a 15-inch general usage laptop, with a light and portable design, and powerful internals. It comes packing an Intel Core i7-7500U, alongside 16GB of on board DDR4 memory and a dedicated Nvidia 940MX graphics chip. All of that outputs to a full HD (1,920 x 1,080), 15-inch display that supports 95 percent sRGB coloring and video HDR.

That hardware is all built into a neat and professional looking casing, which has an ultra-slim bezel, can be reclined to 180 degrees flat and is durable thanks to a strong build quality. Battery life is said to be lengthy, lasting up to 15 hours on a single charge and thanks to the inclusion of a USB Type-C, you can charge the laptop up using a standard cell-phone charger.

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Aside from the hardware, which is respectable, Samsung is talking up the laptop’s weight. Though it’s a 15-inch system, this Samsung weighs only 2.73 pounds. That makes it much lighter than most competitors, except the LG Gram 15, which is 2.16 pounds. That’ll be a boon if you want a laptop with a large screen that’s also easy to carry long distances.

Samsung Odyssey 15 and 17

Next on Samsung’s reveal list was the Samsung Odyssey, which we had an up close look at ourselves. It’s a more powerful gaming laptop that comes in two size variants: 17.3 inch and 15.6 inch, with a couple of internal hardware changes between the two.

The former supports up to seventh generation core i7 CPUs; as much as 64GB of DDR4; 2,400MHz memory, and comes with a 93Wh battery. Storage wise it can have various configurations of solid state and hard drive storage, though there is plenty of space and/or speed depending on your preferences. The graphics chip for that laptop has yet to be decided we’re told, but it will power a 17.3 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display.

The 15.6 inch version of the Odyssey is not quite as hefty as its bigger brother, but has a display with the same resolution and anti-glare features; up to a seventh generation core i7 CPU; 32GB of RAM; various options for storage, though the SSD is 256GB rather than 512GB, and a 43Wh battery. Its graphics chip has however been decided on and is a GTX 1050, offering solid gaming performance for a compact laptop.

Along with the internal hardware, the Odyssey also comes with a few gaming related features, like a fancy backlighting for the touchpad, a new HexaFlow vent cooling system to keep those powerful internals cool and ergonomically curved keycaps.

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