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Samsung's Snapdragon 8cx-powered Galaxy Book S is finally shipping

The Galaxy Book S offers 25 hours of video playback and weighs under 1 kg. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Book S offers 25 hours of video playback and weighs under 1 kg. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy Book S finally has a shipping date, at least in one country. First unveiled back in August alongside the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Books S will officially hit the market on January 31.
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We’ve been waiting a long time for a Windows on ARM (WoA) Snapdragon 8cx laptop and the first one to hit the market is finally here (yes, the Surface Pro X is powered by a custom 8cx variant, but it isn’t a laptop). The Galaxy Book S first revealed by Samsung back in August at its Unpacked event which featured the launch of the Galaxy Note 10. The Galaxy Book S caught the eye, however, because it is exceptionally light for a 13.3-inch laptop at under 1 kg and promises 25 hours of video playback.

It comes in a single configuration with its Snapdragon 8cx mated to 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256 GB of solid-state storage. This can be topped up to 1 TB with a suitable microSD card. It can achieve its incredible battery life thanks to a fast charging-capable 42 Wh battery while it also sports always-on LTE connectivity in addition to standard MU-MIMO support for Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0. Its 1080p 13.3-inch TFT LCD panel has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and includes 10-point multitouch support.

Of course, as a WoA device its support for x86-based Windows apps is limited to 32-bit versions limiting its ability to be a useful only device. However, as a secondary ultra-light mobile productivity companion for light weight Office-style tasks, web browsing and entertainment it could be exactly what a lot of people are looking for. It will retail in Australia for AU$1,699 and will come in Earthly Gold and Mercury Gray variants. We will update this article when we have details of the Galaxy Book S availability in other markets.

The Galaxy Books S incorporates 2 USB-C ports and a headphone jack. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Books S incorporates 2 USB-C ports and a headphone jack. (Source: Samsung)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01-25 (Update: 2020-01-25)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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.