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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:

CategorySamsung Galaxy Book S
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display13.3 inches
Full HD TFT (16:9)
Touch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
Memory8GB RAM (LPDDR4X)
Storage256/512GB
Expandable StorageMicroSD slot (up to 1TB)
Front Camera720p HD
SecurityWindows Hello with fingerprint sensor
Connectivity802.11 Wi-Fi
LTE
Nano SIM
Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB Type-C
AudioStereo (sound by AKG)
Battery42Wh
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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12 Comments
  • 8cx sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to benchmarks. I want to know how well Win32 apps run.
  • Assuming you get ARM versions of win32 instead of x86 ones, performance should be about the same or slightly better. Just like how if you install a 32bit x86 app on a modern 64bit AMD64 system, getting the right app version from the start makes a big difference. If you're asking about x86 virtualisation performance, MS have done a huge amount of work porting native libraries to ARM so I expect the performance impact to be around 20% at worst and single digits at best, depending on whether the app relies mostly on it's own libraries or the built in windows libraries.
  • Thanks for that - these details are interesting to me. The software I'm specifically thinking of are statistics and math packages (Stata, R/R Studio, Matlab) that don't appear to have any native ARM support yet. Depending on what you're doing/how much data you're working with, they can drag on a U-series Intel chip. If the experience on an 8cx is about as bad as it is on a 7th gen i5 U-series, then I'd be pretty happy overall (single-digit slowdowns sound good). An 8cx in a Surface Pro or Galaxy Book2 form factor would be great in that case.
  • I personally prefer convertibles to clam shells. But hey, at least there's touch. Just glad to see Samsung jump in and give us one of the first 8cx devices. That battery life is amazing!
  • It's exactly the battery life that intrigues me. With a Surface Pro-like 8cx device, I wouldn't need a "companion" tablet as a reader anymore - I really would have an all-in-one device. That's hard to beat. But the question becomes: how close to ARM will the battery life be for a next-gen Intel U-series/Y-series chipset?
  • I like the 8cx, looking forward to reviews about performance and battery life before I would take the jump but it looks good to me so far.
  • 8GB of RAM! Now we're talking! I'm curious to see benchmarks on Win32 emulated app performance...there are a couple of those I still use...but otherwise I am fine using the other native apps....I wouldn't mind having this as a secondary device..especially due to that battery life.
  • No thanks. I can get a full 64bit ultrabook for less.
  • Yeah, I don't get the point. If it was $299 it might have a chance. $1k for poor performance, no thanks. Microsoft needs to get these in the $200 range. ARM isn't for premium devices. Someday maybe, but this is the wrong strategy to gain adoption.
  • Do you know of any phones running an 8cx or similar chip that are $200? You're being ridiculous. Chromebooks in the $200 range are significantly worse than this device, running on processors that are much worse. Also, their materials and build quality are much worse. You're asking for a premium laptop with Core i5-esc performance running Windows 10 to be cheaper than budget Chromebooks? Just a license of Windows 10 costs $100. You're almost asking Samsung to sell these for free.
  • not bad, but if it was a convertible or 2in1 would have been perfect
  • Curious to see how easily iFixit can replace the battery in the book S. If the Book S is redundant after 24-36 months, just like a smartphone of use that's an expensive device for the longterm investment. People are holding on longer to their devices.