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Samsung Galaxy Book S debuts with Snapdragon 8cx, 23 hours of battery life and weighs under 1 kg

Samsung's Galaxy Book S is the first ultrabook equipped with a Snapdragon 8cx from Qualcomm. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's Galaxy Book S is the first ultrabook equipped with a Snapdragon 8cx from Qualcomm. (Source: Samsung)
In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, Samsung also made its Galaxy Book S official. The ultrabook is its latest Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) device and is the first to market with Qualcomm’s vaunted Snapdragon 855-based 8cx SoC that has been specially optimized for applications such as this.

Samsung’s latest WoS device is official and it is one of the sleekest ultrabooks we have yet seen.  It is the first ultrabook on the market combining Windows 10 with Qualcomm’s specially optimized 7nm 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 8cx ARM-based chipset clocked at up to 2.84 GHz. One of the key strengths of this combination is outstanding battery life and the new Galaxy Book S claims to offer 23 hours of continuous video playback from its 42 Wh battery which is hugely impressive. Naturally this will vary depending on use, including display brightness and enabling LTE, for example.

The Galaxy Book S centers on a 1080p 16:9 13.3-inch 10-point multitouch display yet still manages to weigh in at just over 2 pounds or under 1kg (960 grams). It is also just 11.8 mm (0.46-inches) thick making it an exceptionally thin and light package. Samsung promises that touching the power button (which also doubles as a fingerprint sensor) will result in instant-on performance users typically expect from their smartphone. The keyboard also offers backlighting, while sound is tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos support.

The Samsung Galaxy Book S will ship with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro in configurations of either 8 GB/256 GB or 8 GB/512 GB that is expandable via the microSD card slot up to 1 TB. Connectivity includes support for dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5, location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) and a USB-C port. It will be available in Earthy Gold or Mercury Gray this fall in select markets with pricing still to be announced.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-08- 9 (Update: 2019-08-11)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.