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Samsung and Apple have a long history of both partnerships and conflicts, both constructive and less so. In this article, we’ll be looking at the new confrontation between the two tech giants, this time in the form of a laptop duel for supremacy.  Let’s see what each device has to offer and what can users expect.

Design and Display

With the Notebook 9 and MacBook 2016 being 0.5 inches thick and 0.59 respectively, it’s just a matter of who went further as both devices are very thin, complying with the laptop norms of today. With a total weight of 3 lbs, the MacBook 2016 falls behind the Notebook 9 and its 1.9 lbs lighter form.

The Samsung Notebook 9 features a great Full HD screen which can provide a 1920 x 1080 resolution. However, despite its high end nature, it falls short when compared with the one found on Apple’s newly announced MacBook 2016, which can push out a max resolution of 2880 x 1800 on top of the Retina capabilities that have become a standard on Apple devices.


Apple keeps to the heavyweight theme moving on to the performance department, with more powerful components. The Apple laptop can have up to 16 GB of RAM and the 6th generation of Intel Core ( i5 or i7) processing units. The Notebook 9 only manages to snatch the second position due to the superior technical prowess demonstrated by Apple’s MacBook 2016. Samsung’s device can only have up to 8 GB of RAM and uses inferior generations of processors.


One of the main selling points of the new MacBook is its TouchBar, which adapts to the current situation it’s facing, changing the displayed functions. This is quite the innovation coming from Apple, with the intent of replacing the traditional function keys that we normally find on laptops. Samsung offers a 180 degree rotating swivel for its Notebook 9, but other than that nothing super extravagant.

While both devices are top notch, it comes down to what each particular user needs their device to achieve. Those who aim towards getting the better performance beast can look into the Apple device while those interesting in getting the best video quality for their buck should be more inclined towards the Notebook 9. With the MacBook and Notebook costing $1000 and $1400 respectively, these laptops can be deemed as quite the investment, so it’s to be expected that consumers will want the best configuration for their needs.