Samsung is kicking off its CES 2019 announcements with the Notebook 9 Pen, which now comes in a 15-inch display option and tacks along an improved S Pen to boot.
CES isn't due for a few more weeks, of course. But like LG, which unveiled two new laptops as part of its LG Gram line just recently, Samsung is making preliminary announcements to build hype as one of the biggest shows in the tech industry nears.
Samsung Announces New Notebook 9 Pen For 2019
Those who thought the Notebook 9 Pen was too small can now opt for the much larger 15-inch option, which was only offered in the regular Notebook 9 model. For the uninitiated, the Notebook 9 Pen is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop, which is why it's accompanied by an S Pen.
Speaking of, the S Pen receives one of the biggest changes in this new model. Similar to the one Samsung made for its Galaxy Note 9, the S Pen now offers improved latency for touch inputs, and Samsung claims it's up to two times faster this time around. Samsung now also offers multiple replaceable tips for the S Pen, allowing users to swap between different drawing styles. The pen is coated in a bright yellow colorway, too, greatly complementing the laptop's blue paint job. Samsung first toyed with this color combination with the release of its latest flagship device.
Samsung Notebook 9 S Pen Specs
Customers won't find much difference on the specs side compared with last year's model, unfortunately. That said, Samsung is at least promising eighth-generation Intel processors for this model, plus gigabit Wi-Fi for good measure. The company also retooled the port situation and added two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one regular USB-C plug, a microSD card slot, and a headphone and microphone jack.
The Notebook 9 Pen ships with Windows 10 Home baked in, and the larger model comes with its own graphics card, a fairly decent NVIDIA GeForce MX150 chip, whereas the smaller one only has shared graphics. Both size options feature HD infrared cameras, facial and fingerprint recognition, and a backlit keyboard.
The real question here, however, is whether or not Samsung has fixed the Notebook 9 Pen's most glaring problems, which include its highly cheap build quality and lackluster battery life. Samsung is inevitably going to share more details at next year's CES conference, so make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.