Hands-on: Samsung’s Galaxy Book S debuts with the Snapdragon 8cx

Samsung’s Galaxy Books S debuted at the firm’s Unpacked 2019 occasion in New York, a shock addition to the broadly anticipated announcement of the firm’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ phablets. Slated to reach in September beginning at $1,000, the different shock is the CPU inside: Qualcomm’s spanking-new, octo-core Snapdragon 8cx.

Qualcomm’s taken a couple of prior stabs at operating a laptop computer on Snapdragon—no small feat given the must emulate Windows 10. So far the outcomes have been combined at greatest, sacrificing maybe a bit an excessive amount of efficiency for battery life. However, when Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8cx late final yr, the firm claimed it was constructed from the floor up for laptops. The 8cx later posted promising benchmarks once we noticed it on a reference laptop computer at Computex in Taipei. This is our first have a look at the new CPU in a delivery unit. 

This Snapdragon-powered version of the Book ultraportable line is impressively skinny and lightweight. Unlike the earlier Galaxy Book 2, which was a 2-in-1 (pill with keyboard), the new Galaxy Book S is a full-on clamshell. It incorporates a full-HD 13.3-inch touchscreen, a naked minimal of ports, and—in response to Samsung, anyway—as much as 23 hours of battery life.

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The slim and lightweight Samsung Galaxy Book S comes with a USB Type-C port on both aspect, alongside with a combo audio jack.

You can cost the Galaxy Book S’s 42-watt-hour battery utilizing considered one of the two USB Type-C ports that sit on both aspect of the laptop computer. There’s additionally a 3.5mm combo audio jack, whereas a flap conceals a microSD reminiscence slot.

Besides its Snapdragon processor, the Galaxy Book S packs in 8GB of RAM and both a 256GB or 512GB SSD, which you’ll be able to increase with as much as 1TB of microSD storage.

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The Galaxy Book S marks the first clamshell system in Samsung’s Book line. Note the hinge lip that props up the keyboard barely when the lid is opened.

Measuring lower than a half-inch thick and weighing simply 2.2 kilos, the Galaxy Book S felt predictably slim and lightweight in my fingers. The full model of Windows 10 operating on the touchscreen felt moderately snappy throughout my (extraordinarily restricted) time with it.

Available in grey and bronze, the Galaxy Book S has a modern, anodized aluminum design, with a hinge that props up the keyboard barely when the lid is opened. 

Also on board are gigabit LTE connectivity, a fingerprint reader, and stereo audio system designed by AKG full with Dolby Atmos sound.

The Galaxy Book S reveals all the issues we’ve been promised with Snapdragon-based laptops: Sliver-thin profiles, super-light weights, and battery life actually for days. Performance could also be higher than in prior generations, too. With the debut of the Galaxy Book S and maybe others, we hope to check the claims in the close to future. 


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