Samsung Brings HDR to Hybrids

Samsung, with Best Buy, has launched a new convertible PC that can support HDR content – a first, as far as we’re aware.

The new ‘Video HDR’ mode on the Notebook 7 Spin can be used when watching HDR content, meaning that – for example – streaming certain videos from Netflix will use the format. However, this is only support for HDR encoding – the display brightness is 220 cd/m².

Two versions are available: 13.3″ and 15.6″. Both of these benefit from fast charging functionality, reaching full charge in 90 minutes (13.3″) or 100 minutes (15.6″). 20 minutes of charge will supply two hours of power.

A sixth-generation Intel Core processor runs Windows 10 on both models (2.3GHz i5 on the 13.3″, 2.5GHz i7 on the 15.6″). Both have 1920 x 1080 resolution and support touch. They have 8GB (13.3″) or 12GB/16GB of RAM (15.6″), and all use a 1TB HDD. The 16GB RAM model also has a 128GB SSD.

The smaller model uses Intel HD Graphics 520, while the larger uses a Geforce 940MX graphics card. Each model features HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (x2) and USB-C ports. The 15.6″ unit also has an RJ45 input.

Samsung is selling its new notebook now. The 13.3″ model costs $800, while the 15.6″ costs $1,000 or $1,200.

Analyst Comment

We think that there is a lot of danger in this kind of product – it can detect and decode HDR content, but is nowhere near the levels of contrast needed for real HDR. Consumers thinking that what they see is actually HDR could cause some disappointment. (BR)