Intel’s Kaby Lake processors give Samsung’s Notebook 9 a second wind

Kaby Lake is Intel’s next generation of CPUswhich promises incremental upgrades for many computers, of which Intel provide more details about at CES 2017. And while most systems are currently in the Skylake generation, Samsunghas just revamped its Notebook 9 lineup with the Kaby Lake processors.

The upgraded Notebook 9 PCs are now running the seventh-generation Core i5 and i7 in the 13.3-inch model and the Core i7 in the 15-inch version. Although the Kaby Lake i5 and i7 processors for the Notebook 9 remain unspecified at the moment, it is safe to assume the chips are ultra low-power Y-series parts. We will see more details about Intel’s latest generation of processors at the upcoming CES next month in Las Vegas.

The different screen sizes do not make the PCs that different from each other, though. Both versions show off a 1920×1080p resolution and 350-nit brightness with a 500 nit outdoor mode. Although Samsung’s screens are high- dynamic range, it’s not clear whether the updated Notebook 9 support HDR-10.

Under the hood, the smaller variant packs a SATA SSD of up to 256GB and up to 16GB RAM, while the larger model brings with it an NVMe SSD and up to 256GB. The use of SATA on the smaller variant and the absence of Thunderbolt 3 in particular might disappoint some consumers, though. Both versions include 2×2 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, a 720p webcam, and a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support. Samsung also squeezed two USB 3.1 generation 1 ports, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a microSD reader, and a headset jack into the Notebook 9. Additionally, the 15-inch model features a USB 2 port.

Samsung billed its latest Notebook 9 lineup as the lightest on the market right now, with the 13.3-inch variant weighing 1.8lbs and the 15-inch version coming in at 2.17lbs. That means the smaller of the two weighs 0.2lbs less than Apple’s MacBook. The large model is slim as well at 14.9mm while the 13.3-inch version comes in at 13.9mm.

However, the light weight and slim size are expected to take their toll on the Notebook 9’s battery life. Both versions pack only a 30Wh battery, which is estimated to last up to 7 hours. In contrast, the latest MacBook Pro can last up to 10 hours. To make up for the shorter battery life, Samsung Notebook 9 supports quick charging in 80 minutes.

Samsung will reveal more details about the pricing and availability at CES 2017, so stay tuned.

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