Samsung just announced on stage at its Unpacked case the Galaxy Book S, a new ultralight laptop powered by Qualcomm’s 8cx Snapdragon processor. It feels a little less like a Surface Laptop than we thought when we saw the leaks first, but it’s not far away. More importantly, it will perform much differently with this Qualcomm processor: with much longer battery life, but much less horsepower.
The 8cx is the 7-nanometer Qualcomm chip intended for PCs, and Samsung says this version of the Galaxy Book should have “40% higher CPU efficiency, 80% higher graphics output, and added memory bandwidth” compared to the Galaxy Book 2. It’s also fanless, and the battery life is the greatest characteristic of all. Samsung claims it’s going to last up to 23 hours of ongoing video playback— but you’re going to get a lot, much less, of course.
The large issue with this — and indeed with all ARM-based PCs — is whether the processor can be strong enough to feel like a feasible primary computer. Intel chips may have a poor rap for being power-hungry and a little behind the times, but we have been disappointed by ARM-based Windows laptops too many times to say we can trust the power of this device without first testing it.
Samsung claims it promotes Gigabit LTE and instant wake, weighing just over two pounds. It has a screen of 13.3 inches that supports multitouch input of 10 points. It comes either with a storage capacity of 256 GB or 512 GB, expandable up to 1 TB. When it begins shipping in “select markets” in the fall it will come in purple and gray.
Have a look at the Galaxy Book S pics:
Here are the basic specs:
Display: 13.3’’ 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 + 1.8GHz)
RAM: Memory 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X),
Storage: 256 / 512GB+ microSD slot (up to 1TB)
Camera: 720p HD
Battery: 42Wh, up to 23 hours video playback
Other features: Gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos, Windows Hello support
The Expected Price range is about $999, and It’ll be available in Store this September