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Check out the new Samsung Galaxy Book S in our hands-on photos

Samsung Galaxy Book S open on table.
Samsung Galaxy Book S open on table. (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

Samsung unveiled a new member in its family of laptops at its Unpacked event today, and it's a looker. Called the Samsung Galaxy Book S, the laptop sports an incredibly thin-and-light design that looks nothing less than portable.

The Galaxy Book S isn't expected to launch until September, but we were able to get some hands-on photos of the laptop at the event today. If Samsung piqued your interest with the launch, you can get a closer look at the Galaxy Book S in the gallery below.

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The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a 13-inch laptop powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx chip. While Lenovo has debuted a prototype device with the 8cx, the Galaxy Book S the first retail laptop to be announced sporting this particular chip. We'll have to wait for real-world benchmarks, but the Snapdragon 8cx is the first ARM chip designed specifically for PCs, and it's expected to close the gap with Intel in terms of performance.

Here's a full breakdown of the Galaxy Book S's specs:

CategorySamsung Galaxy Book S
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Display13.3 inches
Full HD TFT (16:9)
Touch (no inking)
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
Ports2x USB 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
Weight2.1lbs (0.96 kg)
ColorsEarthy Gold
Mercury Gray

The Galaxy Book S was debuted right alongside the new Galaxy Note 10, which sees Samsung cozying up with Microsoft by coming preloaded with OneDrive integration, Office apps, and a dedicated toggle for Windows 10's Your Phone features in the Quick Actions panel. While the Galaxy Book S launch is still around a month away, the Galaxy Note 10 will go up for preorder on August 8 at Samsung, the Microsoft Store, and carrier stores.

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VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

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Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

8 Comments
  • almost perfect... should have been at least a 2in1 or convertible
  • This looks awesome and might be my next buy
  • I just wished it was a bit cheaper or that it had a AMOLED display. Also it doesn't have USB A ports and that limits the functionality without the need to bring dongles
  • They could have done better with the overall design, also screen aspect ratio could have been 3:2 / @ least 16:10, but I`m excited about that 8cx though
  • When you review this please test battery life using real world usage, including x86 apps. Please be clear on x64 app compatibility. Can we run Chrome natively or do we have to use the Chromium-based version of Edge for ARM?
  • Chrome no. I can’t remember on my Lenovo I think I have an ARM Firefox. But Edgium is coming. Battery life will be incredible, cx is better than the 850 and I already get 15+ real hours out of my c630.
  • I hope its easier to replace than other Samsung devices which have become even worse than apple for repairs. Looks nice but I wish it had 3:2 ratio although personally I prefer 14 inch screen
  • Looking forward to a full test from Dan.