Samsung announces Galaxy Book S with Snapdragon 8cx for $999

What you need to know

  • Samsung announced the new Galaxy Book S at its Unpacked event today.
  • The Galaxy Book S comes in a traditional 13-inch laptop form factor, and it's super thin and light.
  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx chip powers the Galaxy Book S.
  • Samsung says the Galaxy Book S can achieve up to 23 hours of battery life.
  • It will be available in September starting at $999.

Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Book S, its latest Windows 10 laptop, at its Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 10 today. Rather than the detachable form factor seen in previous Galaxy Books, Samsung has gone for a traditional, thin and light laptop form here.

The Galaxy Book S is a 13-inch device and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx chip. The Snapdragon 8cx first made its debut last year, and it's built to provide much more power than the typical Snapdragon chips that have made the migration from phones to PCs. Gigabit LTE is also on board to keep you connected on the go.

Along with the portability provided by its thin-and-light design, the Galaxy Book S will come with stellar battery life as well. According to Samsung, you can expect to get up to 23 hours of battery life. It's likely that figure will come up a little shorter in real-world usage, but we'll have to wait until the device is in the wild to get a full look.

Here's a full look at the specs for the Galaxy Book S:

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CategorySamsung Galaxy Book S
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display13.3 inches
Full HD TFT (16:9)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Expandable StorageMicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Front Camera720p HD
SecurityWindows Hello with fingerprint sensor
Connectivity802.11 Wi-Fi
Nano SIM
Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB Type-C
AudioStereo (sound by AKG)
Up to 23 hours of video playback)
Dimensions305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm
Weight0.96 kg
ColorsEarthy Gold
Mercury Gray

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is expected to launch in September starting at $999 and will be available from Samsung and Verizon.

Aside from the Galaxy Book S, Samsung also unveiled its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 10 at the event. You can read more from our friends at Android Central.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl