Samsung just announced the Galaxy Book S, a new ultra lightweight laptop powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx processor, on stage during the Unpacked event. It looks a little less like a Surface Laptop than we originally thought when we first saw the leaks, but it's not far away. More importantly, with the Qualcomm processor, it will perform much differently: with much longer battery life, but much less horsepower.
8cx is Qualcomm's 7-nanometer chip designed for PCs, and Samsung says this version of the Galaxy Book should have "40 percent greater CPU performance, 80 percent greater graphics performance and added memory bandwidth" compared to Galaxy Book 2 It is also fan free and the best feature of all is the battery life. Samsung says it will last up to 23 hours of continuous video playback ̵
The big question with this – and all ARM-based PCs, are really – whether the processor can be powerful enough to really feel like a viable main computer. Intel chips may have a bad rap for being power hungry and a bit behind the times, but ARM-based Windows laptops have disappointed us too many times that we can rely on this device's power without testing it first.
Samsung says it supports Gigabit LTE and instant wake, and it weighs just over two kilos. It has a 13.3-inch display that supports 10-point multitouch input. It comes with either 256 GB or 512 GB of storage, expandable up to 1 TB. It will come in pink and gray as it begins shipping in the fall in "select markets."
"It looks like a laptop, but it has the essence of a smartphone," Samsung's Hassan Anjum said on the scene. It runs Windows 10 and has a 13-inch touchscreen, but, like a smartphone, offers LTE connectivity and a promised 23-hour battery life.
Here are the basic specifications:
Display: 13.3 & # 39; & # 39; FHD TFT (16: 9) Touch: 10-point multi-touch screen
Dimensions: 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm, 0.96 kg
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx , 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max 2.84 GHz + 1.8 GHz)
RAM: Memory 8 GB RAM (LPDDR4X),
Storage: 256/512 GB + microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Camera: 720p HD
Battery: 42Wh, up to 23 hours of video playback
Other features: Gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos, Windows Hello support
It will be available from $ 999 in September.