CES 2018: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors, fingerprint scanner unveiled

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The latest iteration of the Notebook 7 Spin offers the same form-factor as the original 13.3-inch Spin notebook that Samsung launched in 2016.

The Notebook 7 Spin comes with a touchscreen that rotates 360 degrees on its hinge. The new version features a quad-core eight-gen Intel Core i5 processor and support for an Active Pen stylus, while also cutting down on the weight for a lighter design.

The Notebook 7 Spin will be available later this year, although no price or firm release window has been announced yet.

CES 2018: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors, fingerprint scanner unveiled
CES 2018: Samsung Notebook 7 Spin with faster processors, fingerprint scanner unveiled

The Active Pen is the new Notebook 7 Spin's flawless companion for when users are attending meetings, listening to lectures or participating in conference calls. The recordings can then be stored on Samsung Cloud for future access. There's an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 chipset thrumming away inside, and you'll be able to pick up models with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD, though Samsung is still keeping quiet on pricing. The display itself is alright, with nice colors, but the maximum brightness, which varies between 500 nits for the 15-inch Notebook 9 and 450 nits for one of the versions of the 13-incher, isn't really all that great for use under direct sunlight. It also features a precision touchpad and a backlit keyboard with 1.5mm keystroke and curved keycap.

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen was recently announced by the South Korean giant. On the connectivity front, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) supports one USB Type-C port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HMDI port and HP/mic port. The notebook also includes a fingerprint scanner for secure log-in. "This device meets the needs of today's digital lifestyle, combining work and play with a smart, seamless and personalized experience that connects users with their other devices", said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

Of course, the devices name really says it all - there's no point in picking up a Notebook 9 Pen unless you want to live that S Pen life.

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