Aug 9, 2019

Samsung Unveils its Snapdragon-Powered Galaxy Book S Laptop

The Galaxy Book S is Samsung's newest ultrabook that offers a decent processor and a promise of longer battery life, making it a perfect companion for users who do not have powerful computing requirements and need a laptop for basic tasks.

During the recent UNPACKED event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note10 series of smartphones during its keynote, but they also had one other ace up their sleeve, the Galaxy Book S.

The new Galaxy Book S looks like an ordinary ultrabook laptop at first glance and it doesn't have the flare of the Galaxy Note10's design, but a closer look at the hardware tells an entirely different story.

The Galaxy Book S features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx SoC that features a processor with eight physical cores that consist of four Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55-class cores. The Snapdragon 8cx SoC was designed for use on personal computers and its biggest selling point is its computing power, with Samsung claiming a 40 percent bump in computing performance and an 80 percent bump in graphics processing compared to the Samsung Galaxy Book2.

Since Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx SoC was manufactured using a 7nm process, this translates to better power efficiency, with Samsung claiming that combined with the 42Wh battery, the Galaxy Book S can last up to 23 hours on a single charge, but it's likely that performing day-to-day tasks that use more computing power will result in a much lower uptime.

The Snapdragon 8cx SoC is paired with 8GB of blazing fast LPDDR4X RAM with options for 256GB or 512GB SSD, which is expandable via microSD card up to 1TB. This is useful especially when there is a plan to use this productivity or for processing media files.

The Galaxy Book S has a 13-inch touchscreen display panel with an FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is a big plus on todays' computer since Microsoft has optimized Windows 10 to work intuitively on touch screen panels.

Users who are always on the go will benefit from the Galaxy Book S' Always On LTE connection, allowing users to forego the need for an external Wi-Fi device, especially when traveling to places that offer blazing fast and unlimited data LTE connections.

The Galaxy Book S comes with Windows 10 installed out of the box and offers support for Windows Hello using the 720p webcam or the fingerprint reader, allowing users to be automatically logged into Windows after authentication without the need to type in the password.

Critics say that it's too early to judge the Galaxy Book S, but they are not very optimistic at this point since computers that have relied on ARM-based processors in the past have shown lackluster performance, especially since some apps are not optimized to use ARM processors. But considering that Qualcomm has been producing extremely powerful mobile chipsets that offer a lot of computing power, there's a chance that this new laptop from Samsung could end up being a pleasant surprise.

It will be available for sale starting in September, with prices starting at USD 999 (around PHP 52,000) and will be offered in two color options, Earthy Gold and Mercury Gray.

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