The laptop market is steadily shifting from traditional clamshell models to two-in-one PCs that let you flip the screen 360 degrees and use it as a tablet. Many of them, like Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen, are going the extra step and supporting pen input, too.
For Samsung's part, the 2.2-pound premium 13.3-inch full HD-resolution two-in-one includes a built-in and battery-free S Pen that recognizes 4,096 levels of pressure. Its fine 0.7mm tip has tilt detection as well, so you can use it just as you'd use a real pen on paper.
Samsung is also filling the system with a set of potentially handy software tools, such as Samsung Message, which lets you send messages from the laptop to contacts saved on your phone, and a voice-activated note-taking app.
Other key features include:
- 8th-generation Intel Core i7 Processor
- Up to 16GB of memory
- Up to 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD storage
- Backlit keyboard and precision touchpad
- USB-C, USB-A and HDMI ports and a microSD card slot
- Fingerprint reader and IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello
- Magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis that's light, but durable
No pricing was announced, but Samsung expects the Notebook 9 Pen to be available in the US in the first quarter of 2018.