Samsung announced several products at its press conference today at CES, including a couple of very nice looking notebooks, aimed clearly at opposite ends of the market. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a premium Ultrabook, and the Notebook Flash is a budget device with some nice features for the price range.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Samsung’s latest entrant in the Ultrabook range is the Notebook 9 Pro, featuring a diamond-cut aluminum chassis, and thin 6.7 mm bezels surrounding the 13.3-inch 1920x1080 display. The Notebook 9 Pro is powered by the latest Whiskey Lake processors, specifically the Intel Core i7-8565U with a base frequency of 1.8 GHz, and a boost frequency of 4.6 GHz. This is paired with Intel’s UHD 620 graphics.

The laptop is listed as 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 256 GB NVMe drive. As this model isn’t available yet, we’re unsure if there will be upgradable SKUs for this as well but it is very likely there will be. The laptop features a 55 Wh battery, and Samsung rates it as up to 14 hours of battery life. The wireless is listed as 802.11ac 2x2 Giga, meaning it’s likely the Intel 9265 network adapter. A premium Ultrabook should offer Thunderbolt 3, and the Notebook 9 Pro offers two TB3 ports, along with USB-C and microSD.

The laptop is thin and light, although not class leading. At 14 mm (0.55-inches) thick, and coupled with the 2.84 lb weight, it should be easy to transport. The laptop also comes with an active pen, which is a nice feature. Pricing is not yet announced, but the laptop will be available in early 2019.

Samsung Notebook Flash

Buyers have their pick of plenty of great Ultrabooks these days, but those looking for a laptop on the other end of the pricing spectrum have been hard pressed to find too much innovation. Samsung is stepping in to help fill this void with the Notebook Flash. This is a great looking notebook for this price segment, and offers some features not found in many other laptops in this class.

The charcoal exterior is plastic, but has a modern look to it with a textured chassis that should really help to knock down the smudges. The 13.3-inch display is a 1920x1080 panel as well, which likely means it’s an IPS and not the TN variants we still sometimes see at this end of the price range. We’ve reached out to Samsung to clarify. The display bezels aren’t quite as thin as some of the more premium designs, but again, not unexpected for the price. There's even a fingerprint reader available.

Samsung powers the Notebook Flash with either the Intel Celeron N4000, which is a dual-core Gemini Lake SoC, with a 1.1-2.6 GHz frequency range. For $50 more, buyers would be well served to step up to the optional Intel Pentium Silver N5000, which is still Gemini Lake and therefore Atom based, but with four cores and a 1.1-2.7 GHz range.

Samsung offers the Notebook Flash with 64 GB of eMMC, which is enough for light work, and there’s a microSD / UFS slot as well if more space is required. The laptop only offers 4 GB of RAM, but thanks to Gemini Lake this will be LPDDR4, and the 39 Wh battery is rated for up to 10 hours. There’s two USB-C ports, one USB 3.0 Type-A, and one USB 2.0 Type-A, along with HDMI. Wireless is the same as the 9 Pro, which is a 2x2 Giga rated, so likely the Intel 9265.

The Notebook Flash will be available on January 15th, with the N4000 model priced at $349.99, and the N5000 for $399.99.

Samsung Notebook
  Notebook 9 Pro Notebook Flash
CPU Intel Core i7-8565U
4C/8T 1.8-4.6 GHz
Intel Celeron N4000
2C/2T 1.1-2.6 GHz
Gemini Lake

Intel Pentium Silver N5000
4C/4T 1.1-2.7 GHz
Gemini Lake
Storage 256 GB NVMe 64 GB eMMC
Display 13.3-inch 1920x1080
350 nits
6.7 mm bezel
13.3-inch 1920x1080 anti-glare
Battery 55 Wh, Fash Charging 39 Wh
Ports 2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB Type-C
2 x USB Type-C
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
UFS / microSD Combo
Dimensions 12.1 x 8.1 x 0.55 inches 12.69 x 8.64 x 0.67 inches
Weight 2.84 lbs 3.02 lbs
Material Aluminum Textured plastic
Windows Hello Fingerprint Fingerprint
Networking 802.11ac 2x2 Wide Channel 802.11ac 2x2 Wide Channel
Availability Early 2019 January 15
$349.99 N4000
$399.99 N5000

Source: Samsung

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  • Prestissimo - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    Pretty slow for a laptop named Flash.
  • HStewart - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    My guess a future based version of Flash will be Foveros based,
  • Retycint - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - link

    It *is* a budget laptop after all, and the celeron will be sufficient for basic web browsing, word processing or video consumption, which is all it needs to do, really. Putting an i5 would have brought the prices up without any benefit
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    I wonder what sort of wireless adapter Samsung is including in the Flash. Barring any truly odd hardware configurations, a system with those specs ought to play nicely with common Linux distros. With those specs, it should be more than enough for light duties. The circular keys are a bit sloppy looking and I do wonder if its passively cooled. A cooling fan on that hardware seems unnecessary.
  • agent2099 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    cant have a premium ultrabook and display is limited to 1080p
  • Inteli - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    Why not? Frankly, I don't notice any pixels on my 1080p 15" notebook. At 13", you're going to have to use display scaling for sure.
  • Prestissimo - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    Nothing wrong with 1080p. HP's new EliteBook x360 830 G5 has a 1000 nits matte FHD display
  • Teckk - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    The 9 Pro looks great. Hope it's not limited to 8 GB RAM! Also, are we done with type-A ports on laptops, at least 1 would help with the drives we have lying around.
  • krazyfrog - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link

    The Notebook Flash has some deeply questionable design choices.
  • Retycint - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - link

    A first glance I thought it was made out of Alcantara, which would at least have felt nice and unique. Textured plastic in that colour just looks really off

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