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CES 2020 | Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α with QLED display launching for $830 USD

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α with QLED display launching for $830 USD (Source: Samsung)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α with QLED display launching for $830 USD (Source: Samsung)
The QLED panel will provide OLED-like colors at a fraction of the price. Samsung is hoping that its aluminum-clad convertible will kick-start a generation of QLED laptops and tablets to better compete against the IPS and OLED laptops already in market.

Officially revealed late last year alongside the Galaxy Book Ion laptops, the Galaxy Book Flex α (Alpha) now has an official U.S. launch window and price of H1 2020 and $830 USD, respectively. The high-end 13.3-inch convertible is notable for being the first laptop in its size class to ship with a 1080p QLED display instead of the usual TN, IPS, or AMOLED.

One of the main advantages of QLED is that it can offer richer colors than IPS without costing as much as OLED to be the best of both worlds. Samsung is promising 600 nits of brightness and 100 percent "color volume". Unfortunately, the press release isn't very clear about what "color volume" it's referring to, but we suspect it to be AdobeRGB or DCI-P3. There will be no 4K UHD options at launch.

Beyond the display, we can expect Comet Lake-U CPUs, integrated UHD Graphics only, and 256 GB to 1 TB of storage. The active pen stylus will be an optional accessory. The system will be slightly lighter (1.19 kg vs. 1.23 kg) and slightly thicker (13.9 mm vs. 11.6 mm) than the Dell XPS 13 7390 clamshell and we suspect that it will supersede the Notebook 9 Pen series over time.

No word yet on when we can expect the 15-inch Galaxy Book Alpha or Galaxy Book Ion models to become available.

Product Specifications

 Galaxy Book Flex α 13” α (alpha)
Dimensions304.9 x 202.0 x 13.9 mm
Weight1.19 kg
Display13.3" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU10th generation Intel® Core™ Processor
GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics
Memory8GB/12GB DDR4
Storage256GB
512GB
Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
WLANWi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11ax 2x2
Camera / Mic720p HD / Dual Array Digital Mic
AudioStereo Speakers ( 1.5 W x 2 )
PenActive Pen (sold separately)
SecurityFingerprint
KeyboardBacklit
MaterialAluminum
Battery54Wh
PortsUSB-C | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | MicroSD | 3.5pi HP/Mic
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Allen Ngo, 2020-01- 3 (Update: 2020-01- 3)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.