Samsung has done a minor refresh of its Notebook 9 Series laptops that were introduced at CES 2016 earlier this year; interesting, this refresh comes only a few weeks before CES 2017.
Interestingly, a few rumors cropped up about Samsung selling off its PC division to Lenovo earlier in November; since then, there has been nothing but silence. The timing of this refresh is also odd – why not do it at CES? Samsung, perhaps, wanted to get away from the noise of CES.
Samsung introduced the Notebook 9 series as a couple of extremely thin and light laptops, that also don’t compromise on performance or quality.
It’s a tough balance, but Samsung is quite capable of handling it; the original laptops – and the new refresh – pack all the ports you could imagine. There’s a USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI slot for hooking up another display, along with a microSD card slot.
Samsung’s refreshed Notebook 9 models now have backlit keyboard – something that the original Notebook 9 painfully lacked. The refreshed body is now a bit more curved, and thinner as well; the refinements to the chassis has trimmed off some weight – the refreshed 13-inch model now weighs merely 840 grams, while the 15-inch model weighs about 1 kg.
There’s one change especially noteworthy: Samsung promised up to 12 hours of battery life with the Notebook 9 launch at CES 2016, but multiple reviews of the laptops gave it about 7 hours after running their tests.
Samsung, with the new refresh, has reduced the battery life estimate to 7 hours – a more conservative and realistic estimate. The refreshed model does, in fact, reduce the battery size for the 15-inch model, but not the 13-inch one.
The original release offered a 30Wh/4000mAh battery for the 13-inch model, but a 39Wh/5120mAh battery for the 15-inch model. The refreshed models only have the 30Wh battery for both models.
Finally, of course, the biggest change with the refresh: the processor has been upgraded to an Intel 7th generation Kabylake processor.
Samsung forgets to mention when the refreshed laptops will be available for purchase – considering this is only a minor upgrade, it should be safe to assume that the batches have already started rolling out.
You can read more about the Notebook 9 Series on Samsung’s official post.