In addition to unveiling its new Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung today also released the 13-inch Galaxy Book S. On the surface, the new Galaxy Book S looks a lot like the recently discontinued 12-inch MacBook, but under the hood , it could give a clue about the future of Apple laptops.
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As described by The Verge the Galaxy Book S is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx processor. Samsung says this should afford "40 percent greater CPU performance, 80 percent greater graphics performance and added memory bandwidth" than Galaxy Book 2.
Perhaps most notable, but this also means up to 23 hours of battery life on a easy cost. While this is Samsung's claim, and use in the real world is likely to vary greatly, it is still far better than virtually any other laptop computer. The Galaxy Book S will retail for $ 999 when it launches this fall. It also includes integrated LTE support and two USB-C ports.
Apple is largely rumored to be migrating the Mac line to its own A-series ARM-based processors. Bloomberg has reported that Apple will begin the transition from Intel by 2020. A separate report from Axios states that this is also the timeline Intel itself expects.
In many ways, the Galaxy Book S is a 12-inch MacBook, but with an ARM-based chip. Zac Hall wrote last month that Apple's decision to kill the 12-inch MacBook without a clear upgrade path was astonishing. The 12-inch MacBook was first introduced in 2015 as Apple's smallest and most portable Mac. It became popular with many users, but suffered from its high price point and low performance.
However, the 12-inch MacBook, or something similar, is likely to resurface as Apple's first ARM-based Mac. The MacBook doesn't have to be the strongest option Apple sells, and the ultra-thin form factor fits nicely with the low-impact, fan-free ARM design. An Apple-designed ARM chip is also likely to be more powerful than the Intel chips used in the 12-inch MacBook. There are also reports that Apple is developing MacBooks with 5G support.
Would you be interested in a reincarnated version of the 12-inch MacBook with an Apple A-series processor, longer battery life and 5G? Let us know in the comments.
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