The Windows 10 2-in-1 market is one of the fastest growing segments of the overall PC market, and for good reason — the ability to convert a notebook into a tablet offers tremendous value. Probably the most common 2-in-1 is the 360-degree convertible, where the screen rotates all the way around, and allows for a number of useful forms.
Samsung has been a player in this market for a while now, primarily with its Spin line of mid-range 360-degree convertibles. Now, the company is jumping firmly into the high-end with the introduction of its new Notebook 9 Pro at Computex 2017.
Perhaps the most “pro-like” feature that Samsung is introducing to the segment is its S Pen active stylus, which fully supports Windows 10 Ink. The Notebook 9 Pro is the company’s first non-tablet device to feature the S Pen, and it will gain all of the same features and functionality. The Notebook 9 Pro’s version will feature 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, and a 0.7mm tip that recognizes tilt — similar to the new Surface Pen that Microsoft introduced on the new Surface Pro.
The Notebook 9 Pro will be available in two versions, one with a 13.3-inch display, and one with a 15-inch display. The 13-inch model is configured with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, while the 15-inch model comes with 16GB of RAM and the same size SSD. The 15-inch version will also benefit from an AMD Radeon 540 discrete GPU for enhanced graphics performance in productivity and creative applications.
Both screen sizes will feature Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution panels offering a wide 178-degree viewing angle. Samsung promises accurate colors and excellent brightness through its RealView Display technology.
Other features include an infrared camera for Windows Hello password-less login support and dual SoundAlive stereo speakers. Connectivity will include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C connection, and a microSD card reader. The 13.3-inch model will be 0.63 inches thick and will weigh 2.91 pounds, while the 15-inch model will be a bit thicker at 0.67 inches and a heftier 3.79 pounds.
Here are complete specifications for the Notebook 9 Pro:
|Notebook 9 Pro 13-inch||Notebook 9 15-inch|
|Operating System:||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor:||Intel Core i7-7500U 2.70GHz up to 3.5GHz||Intel Core i7-7500U 2.70GHz up to 3.5GHz|
|System memory:||8GB DDR 4||16GB DDR4|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620||AMD Radeon 540 with 2GB GDDR5|
|Storage:||256GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Audio:||1.5 W x 2 Stereo Speakers, SoundAlive||1.5 W x 2 Stereo Speakers, SoundAlive|
|Ports:||2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
|2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
|Wireless:||802.11 ac 2×2
|802.11 ac 2×2
|AC power adapter:||40W AC Adapter||60W AC Adapter|
|Battery:||54 watt-hour fast charging||54 watt-hour fast charging|
|Dimensions:||12.21 x 8.54 x 0.63 inches||13.67 x 9.41 x 0.67 inches|
|Weight:||2.91 pounds||3.79 pounds|
|Camera:||720p HD camera with infrared||720p HD camera with infrared|
|Color:||Titan Silver||Titan Silver|
|Software:||Wi-Fi Transfer, Wi-Fi Camera, Simple Sharing, PC Message, PC Gallery, Samsung Recovery, Samsung SideSync||Wi-Fi Transfer, Wi-Fi Camera, Simple Sharing, PC Message, PC Gallery, Samsung Recovery, Samsung SideSync|
Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability for the new Notebook 9 Pro. When it arrives, however, it is likely to represent yet another premium member of the ever-growing Windows 10 2-in-1 market.