Besides the official launch of its Galaxy Note10 series, Samsung also lifted the hood off the Galaxy Book S, its new thin and light notebook. While not the first notebook in the company’s portfolio, the notebook stands out from the crowd due to its internal hardware and battery life.
The Galaxy Book S runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, but contrary to earlier reports, it is not the Snapdragon 855. Instead, the system runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx compute platform, an octa-core processor that is also based on Qualcomm’s 7nm process node. Running at a combined speed of 2.84GHz and 1.8GHz.
The Galaxy Book S also comes with 8GB LPDDR4X to help the main processor chug along, while storage comes in a choice of a 256GB or 512GB SSD. The storage capacity is also expandable by up to 1TB via the notebook’s on-board microSD card slot.
Another difference between the finished product and initial rumours is the operating system. The Galaxy Book S runs on a choice of either Windows 10 Home or Pro, and not the watered-down Windows 10 S that we had been led to believe. It’s an important distinction to note, especially if you’re someone looking for the full Windows 10 experience.
The Galaxy Book S features a 13.3-inch Full HD multi-touch display, and comes with Windows Hello sign-in, plus a fingerprint sensor for added security. More importantly, battery life is one of the notebook’s defining traits; on a full charge, Samsung says that its notebook can perform continuous video playback for as long as 23 hours. Considering that that’s for video playback alone, it’s likely that its standby time and regular use of it will have far better longevity.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Samsung device without some audio offering from its AKG division. To that end, the Galaxy Book S comes with speakers tuned by AKG as well as Dolby Atmos.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is expected to go on sale sometime between Q3 and Q4 this year, and will come in two colours, Earthy Gold and Mercury Grey. At the time of writing, Samsung Malaysia did not say when the device will be arriving on our shores, although it’s unlikely that it will. Considering that Samsung pulled out for the notebook market in Malaysia sometime back.