At the recently concluded Galaxy Note ‘Unpacked’ event, Samsung announced two new Galaxy Note devices the Galaxy Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus. These two smartphones, however, were not the only products that the company announced today. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and a new Windows-powered notebook called the Samsung Galaxy Book S. We will take a detailed look at the Galaxy Watch 2 and its features in a separate article. In this article, let us take a closer look at the Galaxy Book S which makes for an interesting little proposition if you are on the lookout for a compact, Windows-based notebook that also gets built-in LTE connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Book S Specifications, features
There is no denying that the Galaxy Book S is a direct rival to the MacBook Air. At just 0.96 kg, it is among the lightest notebooks currently in production. The Galaxy Book S runs Windows 10 but instead of the usual Intel or AMD processor, what we have inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC. The 8cx is a customized version of the Snapdragon 855 SoC. Based on a 7nm manufacturing process, the chip houses a 64-bit Octa-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.84 GHz. The notebook is offered in two storage options – a base 256GB variant and a pricier 512GB option. Both these variants get 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The internal storage can be expanded further using the supplied microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy Book S features a 16:9, 13.3-inch TFT touchscreen display with fullHD resolution. The panel supports 10-point multi-touch operation.
The one area where the Galaxy Book S has the edge over almost all other X86 systems is connectivity. This notebook offers a wide spectrum of connectivity options right out of the box — including support for LTE and 3G networks. The machine has a nano-SIM slot as well – something that is unheard of in traditional laptops. This is apart from support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 5.0, and USB Type-C. In fact, the Galaxy Book S uses a USB Type-C based fast charger to charge itself. The notebook also gets a wide spectrum of sensors including fingerprint Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor and support for Windows Hello sign-in with the fingerprint scanner. The Samsung Galaxy Book S finds itself powered by a 42Wh battery that Samsung says is good enough to offer an incredible 23 hours of video playback time with the display on.
Samsung Galaxy Book S Pricing, Availability
While it is confirmed that India is in the list of countries where the Galaxy Note 10 and the Note 10 Plus would be launched in the first wave, there is no such news around the Galaxy Book S. In the US, the Galaxy Book S is slated to go on sale later this year. The base version of this notebook will set you back by USD 999. The Galaxy Book S would be sold in two color options; Earthy Gold and Mercury Gray.