Samsung is refreshing its 13- and 15-inch Notebook 9 laptops with Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processors this week, just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The minor refresh introduces Intel’s latest processors alongside some tweaks to the overall design of the Notebook 9. Samsung has opted for a more curved chassis for its thin and light laptop, with slim bezels for the near edge-to-edge display. The tweaks mean the Notebook 9 is now closer to 2 pounds for the 15-inch model, and just 1.8 pounds for the 13-inch version.
The usual ports are present, including two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB Type-C port, HDMI, and microSD slot. Samsung is no longer promising up to 12 hours battery life, with a more conservative 7-hour estimate. That’s the same amount we got during testing on the previous model earlier this year. Samsung has also added a backlit keyboard this time around, but we’ll have to wait for a closer look to see whether the Notebook 9 build quality has improved from our review back in May.