Samsung Notebook 9

[ The Verge ] The Samsung Notebook 9 laptops come in two sizes: 13.3 inches and 15 inches. The 13.3-inch version is light at just 1.85 lbs or 0.84 kg. As a comparison the 12-inch MacBook weighs 2.03 lbs or 0.92 kg. The bigger Notebook 9 is lighter. Now that’s something.

The 13.3-inch Notebook 9 is thin at just 13.4 mm, but the MacBook is a tiny bit thinner at 13.1 mm.  I’ll continue to compare these two laptops because they both push the limit of thinness and lightness. I don’t know what the Notebook 9 is made of, but it looks metallic from the photos on The Verge. Of course that can be deceiving: metallic paint over plastic can look a lot like aluminum or some sort of alloy.

Vlad Savov mentioned at 83% battery the Notebook 9 was reporting 3 hours and 33 minutes left. That must have been some wonky estimate by the operating system; according to Samsung battery life is rated at up to 10 hours, that compares well to the 12-inch MacBook, which is one hour less, wirelessly web surfing.

Unlike the Core M CPU in the MacBook, the Notebook 9 series can be equipped with a Skylake Core i7. But a fan comes along with that power. The MacBook is relatively weaker, but fanless. Power and noise or less power and silence. Would be nice if we didn’t have to choose.

The display is where the Notebook 9 series falls short. Both sizes are limited to 1920×1080. That is not bad, but it’s not great when compared to a smaller 12-inch MacBook that sports a pixel format of 2304×1440.

The Notebook 9 looks luxurious, but it’s the little things that count. In The Verge video you see Vlad Savov needing both hands to open the lid. And that bottom bezel is asymmetrically large.

Pricing and available dates have not been announced.