We weren’t impressed with this yr’s Pocket book 9 Pen, Samsung’s try at a high-end ultrabook, however the firm can be making an attempt once more in 2019. Samsung introduced two new variations of the Pocket book 9 Pen—a 13-inch and a 15-inch mannequin—that it’s going to exhibit at CES in January and launch someday in 2019. At first look, not a lot appears to have modified within the new convertibles, however upon nearer inspection, Samsung has made some modifications that can (hopefully) make the brand new gadgets value their inevitably excessive value tags.

No matter how you are feeling concerning the blue-and-gold coloration scheme on this yr’s Notice 9 smartphone, Samsung clearly likes it as a result of the corporate introduced it over to the Pocket book 9 Pen. The brand new machine has that navy blue over most of its chassis, and its edges stay the one elements the place silver pokes by.

The Pocket book’s hinges permit it to flex into all of the positions attribute of a convertible, and it nonetheless comes with an S Pen (now gold) that lives in a holster in its chassis. The location of the holster hasn’t modified, however the machine’s barely redesigned edges could make fishing the stylus out simpler. Nevertheless, the stylus would not look any longer than the earlier mannequin, which is disappointing.

The keyboard encompasses a new row of keys on the appropriate aspect with Web page Up and Down buttons. On the very backside of that column is the fingerprint sensor, its place shifted to be to the appropriate of the arrow keys relatively than on prime of them. This ought to be a much less awkward placement because the reader on the present mannequin was onerous to press with out inadvertently urgent an arrow key or two.

The brand new port choice conjures up a love-hate response in me. Samsung nixed the proprietary charging port and as an alternative included two Thunderbolt three ports that may cost the machine. It is a welcome change as a result of it would not make sense to have a devoted charging port on an ultrabook that additionally has Thunderbolt three—it wastes house that may very well be used to incorporate a further port.

Nevertheless, Samsung additionally removed most different ports, together with just one USB-C three.1 port, a microSD card reader, and an audio combo jack along with the Thunderbolt three ports. Gone are the USB-A port and the HDMI port included on this yr’s mannequin, and that can seemingly alienate some customers.

The brand new Pocket book 9 Pen fashions share design and most of their specs. Samsung hasn’t launched the utmost quantity of RAM and storage supported for both the 13- or 15-inch mannequin, however we do know they’ll have LPDDR3 RAM and PCIe NVMe SSD storage. Each with have the newest Eighth-gen Intel processors, and each will sport FHD shows, with dimension being the one differentiator between the 2 contact panels.

Whereas the 13-inch mannequin could have shared graphics, the 15-inch machine will embody Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. Each embody a 54Whr battery that Samsung claims will final 15 hours on a single cost. Contemplating this yr’s Pocket book 9 Pen solely lasted 7.5 hours on our Wi-Fi battery check, we’re inquisitive about verifying these claims with the brand new fashions.

Samsung additionally hasn’t launched pricing but, however we anticipate to see a beginning value much like that of this yr’s Pocket book 9 Pen: $1,399. Samsung will exhibit the brand new Pocket book 9 Pen fashions at CES in January.

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