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Samsung announces the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 with 7th and 8th gen Intel Kaby Lake options

Samsung Notebook 5 with 8th and 7th generation Intel Core processors (Source: Samsung Newsroom)
Samsung Notebook 5 (Source: Samsung Newsroom)
The new Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 come with 7th and 8th generation Intel Core i7 (quad-core models only) processor options, a dual storage system, as well as up to NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics options. Both notebooks are expected to hit South Korea later this month, and other markets will follow in Q2 2018.

Samsung unleashed the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 "for everyday premium computing" yesterday, but these two machines are no April Fools' Day jokes. According to the official announcement, the Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 embody "the perfect balance of style, comfort and performance for casual gamers and general users."

In terms of design, the new Samsung notebooks feature a slim and sleek build with a zero-screw metal finish, but the 15-inch Notebook 5 only comes "in a timeless and sophisticated Light Titan color." On the other hand, the Notebook 3 will hit the market with both 14-inch and 15-inch models, as well as a list of four color choices: Misty Gray, Night Charcoal, Deep Peach, and Pure White.

These are the technical highlights of the three different models that should go on sale by the end of the month:

  • Samsung Notebook 3 14-inch: HD resolution, integrated graphics, 19.8, 13.23 x 9.17 x 0.78 inches, 3.66 pounds
  • Samsung Notebook 3 15-inch: full HD or HD resolution, integrated graphics and NVIDIA GeForce MX110 with 2 GB video memory, 14.86 x 9.79 x 0.77 inches, 4.34 pounds
  • Samsung Notebook 5: full HD wide, shared and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB video memory, 14.86 x 9.79 x 0.78 inches, 4.34 pounds

In addition to the above, there are a lot of details shared by all the new Notebook 3 and Notebook 5 models, including the quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i7 and dual-core 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor options, the DDR4 and SSD + HDD memory/storage options that have not been detailed yet, a front-facing VGA camera, a 43 Wh battery, and ac1x1 LAN (10/100) networking. Since all the specs and features are subject to change without notice, we can only hope that Samsung decides to quickly upgrade the VGA camera to at least a 720p one, not to mention that adding Gigabit LAN would also be a smart decision.

For now, there is no information about the prices to expect, but South Korea is scheduled to receive the Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 by the end of this month. A wider global release that would include China and Brazil is expected for the second quarter of 2018.

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Samsung Notebook 3 Deep Peach | side view
Samsung Notebook 3 Deep Peach | side view
Samsung Notebook 3 Misty Gray | front view
Samsung Notebook 3 Misty Gray | front view
Samsung Notebook 5 Light Titan | view from above partially closed
Samsung Notebook 5 Light Titan | view from above partially closed
Samsung Notebook 5 Light Titan | perspective view
Samsung Notebook 5 Light Titan | perspective view

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04- 2 (Update: 2018-04- 2)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.