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Samsung's Galaxy Book4 Pro 16 is too expensive and limited to 16 GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 16
Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 16
The flat Galaxy Book4 Pro 16 is supposed to be a high-quality all-rounder and the OLED touchscreen offers very good image quality. However, Samsung's RRP of $17449.99 is too high, especially in view of the meager memory configuration and the absurdly limited amount of RAM (16 GB).

The new Galaxy Book4 Pro in the 16-inch version is positioned well below the Galaxy Book4 Ultra in terms of performance due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card, but is also significantly thinner. With its large OLED touchscreen and the new Meteor Lake processor from Intel, it offers adequate performance for everyday life. There are currently two configurations of the Galaxy Book4 Pro, both with the Core Ultra 7 155H and 16 GB RAM. Buyers have to choose from either 512 GB of storage space or 1 TB. The latter is priced at $1,749.99, which is a hefty price and the limitation to 16 GB RAM is completely incomprehensible, as the Book4 Pro 360 convertible variant is optionally available with 32 GB RAM. Compared to the Windows competition, however, it must be acknowledged how thin and flat Samsung's laptop is, which will certainly appeal to some customers. Not to mention the broad selection of ports.

In terms of performance, the new Meteor Lake processor performs well and the new Arc iGPU in particular is significantly faster than the old Iris Xe Graphics G7 and even faster than the Radeon 780M in the synthetic tests. The Radeon still has some advantages in gaming, but there should be improvements here with upcoming driver updates. The energy profiles are well tuned and there is even the Quiet  profile, which allows the fans to be kept at a very low speed even under high load (in conjunction with a power reduction, of course). The OLED touchscreen offers a great subjective image quality with strong colors and there are accurate profiles for sRGB and P3, so the Galaxy Book4 Pro is also suitable for editing images and videos. The only problem is the constant PWM flickering at all brightness levels.

As a potential customer, you simply have to be aware that you are getting an everyday device here despite the "Pro" designation. Samsung itself apparently also sees it this way because compared to the Galaxy Book4 Ultra, SSD performance has also been reduced and we have already mentioned the limited 16 GB of RAM. As an everyday device, buyers get a very good package overall. In terms of price, Samsung is clearly following Apple and the MacBook Air 15 with its 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD ($1,699.00). However, the advantage of the latter device is that it is always silent. All further details about the new Galaxy Book4 Pro 16 are available in our detailed review.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2024-04- 6 (Update: 2024-04- 6)