Samsung equips new Notebook 9 Pro with built-in S Pen

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At Computex 2017 today, Samsung announced its new Notebook 9 Pro convertibles, which will be offered in 13.3- and 15-inch variants.

Samsung has yet to announce exact pricing and availability, but we expect the Notebook 9 Pro will be released in the coming months. All of that is powered by the S Pen's 4,000 levels of pressure, which almost matches the new Surface Pen's 4,096 levels.

The 15-inch Notebook 9 Pro has a Radeon 540 graphics card, compared to the Nvidia GeForce 940MX chip on the Notebook 9.

Users can use the stylus with the pre-loaded Air Command software to take notes, edit documents, and draw.

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According to the company, the Notebook 9 Pro's built-in S Pen allows for a "precise" and "natural" handwriting experience. It can be used in tablet mode, with the keyboard folded entirely beneath it (which is probably the best way to use the S Pen), as a normal clamshell-style laptop, or in in a table tent mode. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro comes in both 13.3-inch and 15-inch touchscreen display versions. That's just 96 levels of pressure short of the Surface Pen that comes with the latest Surface Pro, but unlike Microsoft's digital stylus you never have to worry about the charging the S-Pen's batteries, and it's always on.

Other than that, these are a pretty straightforward update to the Samsung Notebook 9, which came out a year ago (see our review here).

Samsung is using USB-C support for fast charging, alongside two regular USB ports, a HDMI port, and support for microSD storage. Users can also set up multiple profiles with facial recognition from Windows Hello, and create a privacy folder that only you can open. However, the Full-HD touch screen is equipped with RealView Display to deliver professional grade color accuracy, brightness and wide viewing angle clarity for up to 178 degrees.

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