Samsung Redesigns Its Flagship Windows 10 Laptop, Launches a Low-End Chromebook Alternative

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 7 Comments

Samsung’s flagship Windows 10 laptop, the Notebook 9 Pro, is getting revamped for 2019. The device is getting some much-needed changes to its design to make it look much more like a premium laptop you’d want to pay for in 2019.

The aluminium exterior now comes with diamond-cut edges and a 13.3-inch Full HD display that’s surrounded by thinner bezels. The new design gets rid of all the lazy design elements, introducing a much sharper design that looks more like a flagship 2019 laptop. The design of the laptop still remains uninspired though, and there isn’t anything unique that will help it stand out from everything else that’s available in the market right now.

As for the specs, the Notebook 9 Pro is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, up to 256G PCIe NVMe of storage, and Intel UHD 620 graphics. The device comes with dual 1.5W stereo speakers with Thunder Amp, so the sound output should be really good on this thing. It is, unfortunately, powered by Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box, though you will likely be able to upgrade at a price.

Samsung promises to offer up to 14 hours of battery life, and it’s also including the Active Pen stylus out-of-the-box which comes with 4000 levels or pressure sensitivity. And since the device has a 360-degree hinge, you will be able to use the device in a range of different modes at your ease.

And then there is the Notebook Flash, a 13-3-inch laptop with a unique textile-patterned chassis that’s supposed to be a Chromebook alternative. The device has round keys, or what Samsung likes to call a typewriter keyboard. Coming in a charcoal color finish, the device looks kind of adorable. For $349, you can get the Intel Celeron N4000 processor on the device and for $399, you can get the Intel Pentium Silver N5000. It only comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and promises to offer up to 10 hours of battery life.

Samsung is also launching a new Odyessy gaming laptop with NVIDIA’s new RTX laptops, Intel’s latest Core i7 processor, slightly tweaked design with thinner bezels on the display, and NVIDIA G-Sync support.

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7 responses to “Samsung Redesigns Its Flagship Windows 10 Laptop, Launches a Low-End Chromebook Alternative”

  1. wright_is

    Memory seems a little stingy on the notebooks, I'd be looking at 16GB these days as a minimum.

    And the Chromebook keyboard looks like keyboards from the 80s or Siemens keyboards through to the turn of the Millenium.

  2. digiguy

    Don't agree at all with this view and I talk as someone who owns a notebook 9.

    I am see too many people on the internet commenting this without a clue of what Samsung laptop line is...

    They had the regular 9 which was extremely light and with great battery life but have not announced anything so far (discontinued?)

    They had the pro, which was heavier with similar design but built-in stylus.

    Then last year the introduced the notebook 9 pen which was an hybrid of the 9 and the pro, with built in stylus but under 1kg and seemed to have replaced the pro.

    This year the announced new notebook 9 pen, slightly heavier but with bigger battery and then this one, which makes no sense at all in this line...

    Personally I find it uglier that the regular design (which was carried on with the new pen models).

    It's heavier than the pen, has not a bigger battery and no built-in stylus...

  3. jimchamplin

    eMMC is a scourge. On a $400 machine they should either use a real SSD or at least give more than a stingy 64GB. The whole 4/64 setup is so $200 craptop.

  4. MikeGalos

    The Samsung Notebook Flash is a really nice casual use Windows 10 Notebook.

    What it has to do with a terminal like Chromebook is hard to imagine.

  5. harishhrk

    Ya ya whatever but they won't be get a big hand in laptop market.

    Nice article.

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  6. wolf

    "It is, unfortunately, powered by Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box, though you will likely be able to upgrade at a price."

    What, exactly, is wrong with Windows 10 Home for the average user?