Samsung Challenges MacBook Pro And Surface Book With Notebook 7 Spin

Samsung has been on the cutting edge of the smartphone industry, and now the Korean company is looking to take over the laptop world as well. The Notebook 7 Spin, which was recently released, has a 15.6-inch 1080p screen, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive. It also runs Intel’s latest generation Core i7 processor.

CNET gives the Notebook 7 Spin four stars.

“It doesn’t have a lot of wow factor, but the 15-inch Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs in decent premium features, including some you won’t find in other hybrids,” says critic Dan Ackerman, who notes that the laptop is good for gaming.

The only thing Ackerman really doesn’t like what he calls a “bland” design, a mediocre touchpad, and the fact that the hyped-up HDR mode offers only a slight improvement. However, Gizmodo says the Notebook 7 Spin is a laptop Apple should have put out.

“Samsung’s gone and done it guys. It’s made a perfectly wonderful laptop that retails for under a grand, is of exceptional quality, and is neither under-powered nor teeming with crappy finishes. This is the college-bound laptop everyone, including Apple, has failed to make for the last couple of years.”

Apple MacBook Pro Is the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin really a MacBook Pro killer? [Photo via Daryl Deino]

The review adds that even though the laptop is bigger than Gizmodo prefers, it’s a lot more satisfying and easy to use than similarly priced laptops like the Dell Latitude 5000 series or HP Envy 15. Apple fans in the comments section are angry.

“This is not a MacBook killer. This will have paltry sales. It is just another laptop in a sea of Windows laptops that try to cram everything into a laptop and throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at it, hoping something sticks, without really knowing what laptop users want,” says Zanky.

“Until another laptop natively runs mac OS, NOTHING will ever be a ‘MacBook Killer,'” claims Keith S.

Perhaps one thing that may turn people off of the Notebook 7 Spin is the fact that it only has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen. On a 15.6-inch laptop, that simply may not be enough, with images and text looking slightly pixelated. Most laptops these days, even ones that only have 13-inch screens, have Quad HD screens. Some even have 4K screens, but a screen with such a high pixel density does eat up battery life faster.

It’s quite clear that Samsung is aiming the Notebook 7 Spin at would-be MacBook Pro buyers, who have been very impatient. However, it looks like Apple will try and one-up Samsung again with a completely redesigned MacBook Pro. 9 to 5 Mac has the news.

“A new report says that the new range of MacBook Pro models will have a smaller footprint than existing models, and will be thinner but not adopt the wedge shape of the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook. The trackpad is also slightly wider than current models. All of the info lines up with previous reports and a set of leaked shells from earlier this year.”

It is believed that the MacBook Pro will be released in the usual 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions, but may add a smaller option as well. The MacBook Pro has not received a major upgrade since 2012, so there are a lot of excited consumers out there who are skipping Windows laptops and waiting or Apple to deliver the MacBook Pro — which could be in either October or November.

Do you think Samsung can challenge Apple with their Notebook 7 Spin, or will Apple always be the leader in the laptop world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

[Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Images]