Overnight, Samsung finally unveiled the Note 10 and 10+, then surprised us all with the Galaxy Book S. Part laptop, part smartphone, Galaxy Book S merges select features from both into one ultra-thin device with game-changing battery life.
Galaxy Book S runs Windows 10 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor. Compared to the previous Galaxy Book 2, the latest device has 40 percent greater CPU performance, 80 percent greater graphics performance and added memory bandwidth. Expect 8GB RAM, with options for 256GB and 512GB of storage. Using the MicroSD slot, storage can be expanded up to 1TB.
Like a smartphone, Galaxy Book S is always-on and always-connected. It features an ultra-fast gigabit LTE constant connection to the cloud, providing high-speed access to apps and content without relying on Wi-Fi.
There’s no traditional turn on and boot up. Book S has touch-to-wake capabilities for instant access. Samsung says it’s just like a smartphone; anything you need is readily available at the touch of your finger.
The long-lasting battery can power the laptop for up to 23 hours of uninterrupted use. Galaxy Book S optimises performance to use less energy and save time. Even with its impressive performance, Samsung’s new device has no fan. Apparently, it remains cool no matter how hard it’s working. Sound is handled by AKG stereo speakers, with Dolby Atmos support.
Galaxy Book S is lightweight and incredibly thin. It weighs 0.96kg, reaching just 6.2mm thick in particular areas. It’s built with a premium anodised aluminium frame on both the top and base. The andonising process supposedly strengthens the outer layer to protect against damage.
Galaxy Book S has a 13.3-inch display with 10-point multi-touch functions, for scrolling, zooming and controlling the device with a touch of a finger. Plus, there’s a 720p HD camera in the top bezel, USB-C charging and a headphone jack.
Galaxy Book S will be available in two shades, Earthy Gold and Mercury Gray later this year. Prices start at $US 1,000 with Australian pricing to be announced.
“At Samsung, we believe that true innovation is only possible through an open, collaborative approach where partners are aligned and motivated to break down barriers and redefine the computing experience,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile at Samsung.
“Galaxy Book S combines the best mobility features Samsung has to offer with Microsoft’s leading productivity solutions and Qualcomm Technologies’ performance capabilities to deliver the best mobile productivity experience available.”