4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Book S launching on Valentine's Day for $999
Samsung is about to expand its Galaxy family this year to include a new lineup of sleek laptops ranging from the QLED-equipped Galaxy Book Flex Alpha to the Galaxy Chromebook and Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Book S. The latter will be coming to market first starting on February 13 at Microsoft Stores and February 14 at Verizon and Sprint outlets.
The Galaxy Book S is notable for being one of just a handful of Windows laptops powered by an ARM CPU. In this case, the system utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx for integrated 4G LTE and Wi-Fi 6. When compared to the common x86 Intel CPU, an ARM CPU can offer slimmer form factors and significantly longer runtimes.
However, there's a reason why Windows ARM laptops are so uncommon. Windows on ARM (WoA) has been shaky at best in terms of market penetration and compatibility with existing Windows x86 apps. You can have the lightest and sexiest laptop around, but that won't mean very much if it can't run all your favorite programs. Samsung is hoping that its take of WoA will be more successful.
Users who pre-order the Galaxy Book S from now until February 12 on Samsung.com will receive a $100 credit towards future Samsung purchases. The Galaxy Book S will compete against the Microsoft Surface Pro X that's also powered by a different Qualcomm SQ1 ARM chip.