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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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01-25 (Update: 2020-01-25)