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Samsung unveils new Notebook 7 / Force laptops

Samsung's Notebook 7 models look quite similar to Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's Notebook 7 models look quite similar to Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. (Source: Samsung)
The latest Notebook 7 slim laptops from Samsung should go head to head with Huawei's MateBook models as value-oriented alternatives for Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface. The Notebook 7 lineup features configurations with gen 8 Intel CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to GeForce MX250 and GTX 1650 GPUs and thin bezel 1080p displays.

Designed to offer similar esthetics yet better value compared to Apple’s MacBook Pro and Microsoft’s Surface models, the new Notebook 7 / Notebook 7 Force from Samsung come with ultra-slim chassis, generous battery life, plus slim bezel displays.

The more affordable Notebook 7 models include 13-inch and 15-inch variants without dedicated GPUs and a 15-inch variant sporting Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. As far as looks go, the Note 7 lineup is very similar to Apple’s MacBook Pro models, featuring slim silver chassis and sizeable trackpads. While not particularly lightweight, these models strike a decent balance between portability and battery life, with the 13-inch model weighing 2.84 lbs and the dedicated GPU version weighing 3.95 lbs.

The list of standard features for all Notebook 7 variants includes:
•    unspecified gen 8 Intel CPUs (presumably at least quad-core)
•    up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSDs (+ 1 free slot for the Nvidia dGPU version)
•    FHD displays with 720p webcams and dual array mics
•    Dolby Atmos stereo speakers
•    Dual Wi-Fi
•    Fingerprint sensor
•    Backlit keyboard
•    Ports: 1x USB-C 3.1, 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI out, microSD reader, headphone/mic jack
•    55 Wh battery

Samsung only offers a 15-inch model for the Notebook 7 Force lineup. It does come with more powerful features geared toward media editing and light gaming, including a GTX 1650 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, dual SSD slot and a 2.5” HDD bay and Gigabit Ethernet, but the battery is only limited to 43 Wh capacities. To differentiate the two lineups, the Notebook 7 Force models come with a black chassis and weigh 4.1 lbs.

All Notebook 7 models will be available for pre-order on July 12 (shipping July 26). Prices for the more affordable Note 7 start at US$999, while the Note 7 Force will get a starting price of US$1,499.

The 15-inch and 13-inch Notebook 7 variants (Source: Samsung)
The 15-inch and 13-inch Notebook 7 variants (Source: Samsung)
The 15-inch Notebook 7 Force (Source: Samsung)
The 15-inch Notebook 7 Force (Source: Samsung)
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06- 3 (Update: 2019-06- 4)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.