Samsung announced that they’re dropping a new laptop called the Notebook 7 — which will come as both a 13-inch and 15-inch model. It’s all clean lines and high performance — blatantly and loudly resembling Apple’s MacBook Pro.
Just days ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2019, Samsung dropped two new Notebook 7’s to be Windows 10 versions of the famous MacBook Pro. Aesthetically, Samsung nailed it with the “diamond-cut edges, a wide trackpad, and slim bezels surrounding its screen,” The Verge describes. “Samsung is flexing its dedication by cribbing even the small details: the font used on the keyboard and the wallpaper are a lot like Apple’s, too, and there’s even a wide indentation machined into its metal chassis to make lifting up the screen easier,” they added.
“There is no shortage of laptop designs in the market but, for some people, Apple’s MacBooks represent the gold standard in minimal yet functional aesthetics. That’s true not just for some consumers but even for some manufacturers that take inspiration from Apple’s notebooks,” Slash Gear says.
Between both models, the 13-inch model comes closest to Apple’s MacBook Pro — its silver appearance, keyboard arrangement, and center-aligned trackpad. On the other hand, the 15-inch Notebook 7 Force comes with a numpad that sets off the keyboard arrangement and comes in a color that would require Apple a paint job — all black.
Speaking of keyboards, the keys will be reminiscent of Samsung’s Notebook 9 keyboards that heavily takes inspiration from MacBook’s problematic butterfly keyboard. Additionally, each key measures for roughly 0.9 millimeters of travel.
Aside from the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook-esque Notebook 7’s, there are actually two other notebooks being launched, “including three configurations for the Notebook 7 and one for the Notebook 7 Force, which Samsung avoided calling a Notebook 7 Pro. All of them have common family traits, like an 8th gen Intel Core processor, Full HD screens, and up to 16 GB of RAM. The Notebook 7 comes in 13-inch and 15-inch models and the latter has an option to squeeze an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 inside. All four have fingerprint scanners for authentication,” Slash Gear says.
“Samsung’s Notebook 7 lineup will feature up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor, which is disappointing, considering 10th Gen is practically here at this point. The Notebook 7s will also be configurable with up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD,” according to LaptopMag.
Moreover, the Notebook 7, unlike Apple’s MacBook Pro, features useful ports including two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, HDMI, and a microSD slot. You won’t have to worry about purchasing unnecessary extensions like dongles.
The 13-inch Notebook 7 will get Intel UHD Graphics, while the 15-inch version has the option for an Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. It weighs in at 2.8 pounds and 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
The Notebook 7 Force, also comparable to the Razer Blade—since it only comes in black—is outfitted with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, which makes it an even faster, more powerful, and more efficient model than those who used last generation’s GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The Force weighs in at 3.7 pounds (4 pounds with Nvidia GPU) and 14.1 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches.
This news also comes in a time when Apple is reported to release a new Mac Pro based on its promise years ago after its trashcan Mac Pro — which Phil Schiller introduced way back in 2013.
In this year’s WWDC, reports circulated that Apple will finally fulfill that promise by announcing a 31.6-inch, 6K pro display that 9to5Mac leaked.
The new MacBooks—still in speculation—will have new updates on the Mac ecosystem that will also be announced during the WWDC this year. Project Marzipan (as they call it) will start integrating Apple’s iOS with the MacOS. Meaning, developers can create apps in their MacBooks and port them to their iPads directly.
How it will look, perform, and other specs are still unknown.
Meanwhile, both the Samsung Notebook 7 (13-inch) and Notebook 7 (15-inch) start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, while the Notebook 7 Force will start at $1,499. You’ll find the latest Samsung laptops available for preorder starting July 12, and they’ll officially launch on July 26.