Samsung launched a new line of thin and light notebooks in January, with the smallest models weighing as little as 1.9 pounds.
The laptops are svelte, but powerful: every model has an Intel Core i5 or faster Skylake processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage.
But what surprised me most is that it’s not just the 13.3 inch model that’s super-light. Samsung also offers a 15.6 inch model that weighs just 2.9 pounds.
At launch, there are four different Notebook 9 configurations available:
- Notebook 9 w/13.3″ 1080p display and Intel Core i5 for $1000
- Notebook 9 spin w/13.3″ QHD+ convertible display and Core i7 for $1200
- Notebook 9 w/15.6″ 1080p display and Core i7 for $1200
- Notebook 9 Pro w/15.6″ UHD display and Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics for $1400
Note that while the 13.3 inch model weighs 1.9 pounds and the 15.6″ model weighs 2.9 pounds, the Notebook 9 Pro and Spin models are a bit thicker and heavier due to their special special features.
The Notebook 9 with a 13.3 inch display measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.9 pounds. The Notebook 9 Spin is 0.6 inches thick and 3 pounds.
Samsung’s Notebook 9 with a 15.6 inch display is 0.6 inches thick and 2.9 pounds. The Notebook 9 Pro is 0.7 inches thick and 4.5 pounds.
They’re all still pretty compact for notebooks with reasonably large displays. But if you want to pay extra for a model with discrete graphics or a convertible tablet design, you’ll also get a slightly less portable laptop.