Samsung has introduced its new always-connected PC based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform and featuring Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS. This time around the company went with the Snapdragon 8cx SoC, a clamshell form-factor, and a 13.3-inch display, emphasizing that its Arm-powered computers compete against mainstream x86-based laptops in terms of performance and capabilities. Like other Snapdragon-based Windows machines, Samsung is aiming for long battery lifetimes here, with the new Galaxy Book S rated to work for up to 23 hours on a single charge.

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is equipped with a 13.3-inch Full-HD LCD featuring a 10-point multi touch system and a 16:9 aspect ratio. By contrast, last year’s Galaxy Book2 used a 12-inch Super AMOLED display featuring a 2160×1440 resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Unlike last year’s mobile PC, the new one is a laptop, not a convertible, so it cannot be used as a tablet. Considering that we are talking about an aluminum machine with a 13.3-inch display that weighs 0.96 kilograms, the clamshell form-factor makes more sense for mainstream users. Furthermore, the overall construction looks very solid.

The new Galaxy Book S laptop is expected to be considerably faster than its predecessor as it is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor with eight general purpose cores (four Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55-class cores), a 10 MB L3 cache, the Adreno 680 GPU, and an eight-channel LPDDR4X-4266 memory controller. The SoC is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM as well as 256 GB or 512 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable with a microSD card).

When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Book S includes Snapdragon X20 LTE modem (Cat 18, 5CA, 4x4 MIMO, depending on the market and operator), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. The PC’s wired connectivity department is limited to USB Type-C that is used for data and charging, a microSD card slot, yet we do not know whether it has a 3.5-mm audio connector.

As far as imaging and multimedia capabilities are concerned, the Galaxy Book S has a 720p webcam, a built-in microphone as well as Dolby Atmos-badged stereo speakers co-designed with AKG. The laptop also has a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader.

Apart from performance, one of the key improvements of the Galaxy Book S compared to its predecessor is its longer battery life. The PC comes with a 42 Wh battery that enables it to work for up to 23 hours (based on tests conducted by Samsung), up from 20 hours for last year's device.

Specifications of the Galaxy Book S
  General Specifications
Display 13.3-inch,
1920×1080
165 PPI
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
4 x Kryo 495 Gold at 2.84 GHz
4 x Kryo 495 Silver at 1.8 GHz
10 MB L3
Graphics Adreno 680 GB
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 256 - 512 GB
Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.2
WWAN Qualcomm X20 Gigabit LTE
Cat 18, 5CA, 4x4 MIMO, up to 1.2 Gbps DL, up to 150 Mbps UL
USB 3.0 ? × Type-C
Webcam 720P
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, trackpad, MicroSD card reader, etc.
Battery 42 Wh
Battery Life 23 hours
Dimensions Width 305.2 mm
Height 203.2 mm
Thickness 6.2 - 11.8 mm
Weight 960 grams
Price ?

Samsung will start sales of the Galaxy Book S in two colors this Fall. Pricing of the device is currently unknown.

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Source: Samsung

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  • Santoval - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    It also has a 16:9 display. Last year's model had a 3:2 one. I expect its price to be north of $900, obviously. It has Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon targeted exclusively at laptops, it has 8 GB of very fast DRAM, it has ... Dolby Atmos sporting speakers by AKG (I know Dolby Atmos is utterly useless and non functional in a small device with two speakers, but the noobs won't), and it also has an NVMe(?) SSD, which apparently is the only configurable bit of it. I expect the model with the 256 GB SSD to cost $900 - $950 and the model with the 512 GB SSD to cost $1050 to $1100. Reply
  • Santoval - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    p.s. YoloPascual below/above was right. It seems I was conservative in my estimate. Based on the link of t.s. it will *start* from $999... Reply
  • Mobile-Dom - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    super pissed this has almost 0 chance of coming to the UK. even with its biggest downside (to me at least) the screen. going from a 3:2 OLED to a 16:9 IPS (maybe PLS, who knows) is just, meh. Reply
  • Diogene7 - Sunday, November 3, 2019 - link

    I agree. It is a bit pity that the screen is not 3:2 format, and OLED was as a big bonus.

    The same computer with a 13.5-inch / 14-inch OLED small bezel (5mn to 7mn) screen with 3000x2000 resolution (3:2 format) and a Windows Hello IR camera would make it even better (at the condition they could still keep approx the same battery life).

    Also critical is a good keyboard (at least 1.3mm to 1.5mm key travel) and good touchpad : Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a reference on those 2 points.
    Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    Does any body really but Windows for Qualcomm machines like this anyway Reply
  • vladx - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    Yes travelling businessperson Reply
  • lbatra - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    nobody buys so far. But they are looking to build a market so far. 8cx is the 1st serious attempt to do that Reply
  • lbatra - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    market "for it"* Reply
  • Gunbuster - Monday, August 12, 2019 - link

    Show me one single working professional running last years model w10 on ARM? The use case is imaginary. Reply
  • domboy - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    I do, but I'm waiting to see if Microsoft released a ARM version of the Surface first... cause that's the device I really want. This laptop looks good though, but I want a convertible more than a laptop. Reply

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