Today might have been the moment in the spotlight for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 family of flagship smartphones, but the South Korean electronics giant had another trick up its sleeve as well. The company officially announced the Galaxy Book S Always Connected Windows 10 PC, which first leaked last week.
Unlike most notebooks available today which run on x86-64 processors made by either Intel or AMD, the Galaxy Book S makes uses of Qualcomm's most potent PC-centric ARM processor: the Snapdragon 8cx. The Snapdragon 8cx in this particular device is an 8-core processor with four high-power cores clocked at 2.84GHz and four low-power cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Samsung isn't giving us any insight into the performance of the Galaxy Book S, but Qualcomm provided us figures back in late May that show that the Snapdragon 8cx is more than a match for the Intel Core i5-8520U (Kaby Lake Refresh). We have the feeling, however, that things would fare much differently if Intel's new 10nm Ice Lake processors were thrown into the mix.
Moving on, the Galaxy Book S comes with just 8GB of RAM installed, and is available in either 256GB or 512GB storage configurations. In addition, there's a microSD slot that supports up to another 1TB of storage space. As for the display, you'll find a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 panel that supports 10-point multi-touch.
Given that the Snapdragon 8cx has its roots in the mobile sector, it has integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 along with a 4G LTE modem. The modem is a Snapdragon X24 that supports downlink speeds of up to 2Gbps. The Snapdragon 8cx can also be paired up with the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, but the Galaxy Book S doesn't support this combination... yet.
Samsung says that the Galaxy Book S weighs just 2.11 pounds and it boasts a 42 WHr battery. That battery combined with the power sipping Snapdragon 8cx means that the Galaxy Book S can last up to 23 hours per charge, roughly doubling the runtimes of most Intel/AMD counterparts.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is set to go on sale this fall in Mercury Gray or Earthy Gold colors this fall priced at $999.