Samsung Revealed New Laptops
Samsung has unveiled two new Galaxy Book laptops: the Galaxy Book Pro (a traditional clamshell laptop) and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 (a 360-degree clamshell laptop) (a touchscreen convertible). They start at $999.99 and $1,199.99, respectively, and go up from there. You can preorder both of them right now, and they’ll arrive on May 14th.
Prior to the launch, I had the opportunity to spend some time with both devices. Though they aren’t the most thrilling computers on the market, I believe they can still be good buys if they deliver on the basics.
Galaxy Book Range
Samsung also offers a range of Galaxy Books, including the ultra-light Galaxy Book S, as well as the Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion with QLED displays. The Galaxy Book Pro isn’t a direct successor to any of these older models, and Samsung assured me that none of them are being phased out. Rather, the Pro tries to incorporate a few of the features that have distinguished previous Galaxy Books into a single, high-end machine.
The OLED show is the most important of these. Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook was the first Chromebook with a 4K OLED screen, and previous Galaxy Books had QLED screens (LCD panels with Samsung’s quantum-dot technology). Samsung’s first OLED Windows PCs are the Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360. The Galaxy Book Pro has a regular “AMOLED” display, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 has a “Super AMOLED” display, according to Samsung. The difference is that the “Super AMOLED” has an integrated touch function, as well as being brighter and more power-efficient than a normal OLED, according to Samsung.
Less Blue Light Emitted
These displays, according to Samsung, emit less blue light than regular LCD panels. Colors can be more vibrant when watching a movie and more true-to-life when editing pictures, for example, thanks to a “Intelligent Color Engine” that adjusts the colour profile based on the task you’re doing. I didn’t have time to put this effect to the test in person, but I’m curious to see how well it works.
Both screens are shiny, which helps to reduce glare. On a bright outdoor balcony, however, I was able to search the web and watch some videos, and they were both very useful.
The weight is another distinguishing characteristic. These will not only be some of the lightest Galaxy Books, but also some of the lightest laptops available. The Pro 13 weighs in at just 1.92 pounds (0.87 kg). That compares favourably to the Asus Expertbook B9450, the lightest clamshell I’ve ever reviewed. Few laptops are as light as this one. The Pro 360 models are a little heavier, starting at 2.29 pounds, but as touchscreen convertibles go, they’re still very compact. For example, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 starts at 2.9 pounds.
S Pen is here
For the first time, we get to see a new S Pen. The difference between this and the S Pen that comes with Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex in 2019 is that this one is 2.5 times thicker. According to Samsung, this will have a “more realistic writing experience.” To be fair, it feels remarkably similar to a real pen.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 comes with the new S Pen, but make sure you can keep track of it because there’s no garage in the chassis.
The Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 have stronger processors than the Galaxy Book S, in addition to the thicker S Pen. Intel’s latest 11th Gen processors are used in all four versions. I tested both a Pro 360 13 and a Pro 15 and found them to be sensitive and smooth. We’ll have to put the devices through their paces, but the Tiger Lake systems I’ve seen so far this year have performed admirably, particularly on single-core workloads.
Processors, Storage, RAM & Ports
Getting down to the nitty-gritty details: All four of these models have a Core i5 or Core i7 processor and Samsung claims a battery life of 16hours for all. All of these feature Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics; there is no discrete GPU option. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 has 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, while the Book Pro 15 has 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. Thunderbolt 4, one USB Type-C, one USB-A 3.2, one audio jack, and one microSD are all on the ends, with the 15 adding an HDMI slot.
The clamshell model of the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is slightly more “pro.” Both convertibles have 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and the 13 can store up to 512GB of data, while the 15 can hold up to 1TB. If you’re looking for something you can use on the go, the Pro 360 13 also has optional 5G. The ports are identical to those on the 13-inch clamshell, with the exception of a second USB-C port in place of the USB-A.
Availability & Prices
The Galaxy Book Pro is available in mystic blue or mystic silver, while the Pro 360 is available in mystic navy or mystic bronze. My personal preference is the mystic navy 360, which is really blue and is the one to get if you want to be noticed in the boardroom.
Both the Galaxy Book Pro and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 are available for preorder today, and both will ship on May 14th. The convertibles begin at $1,199.99 (for the 13) and $1,299.99 (for the 15), while the clamshells begin at $999.99 (for the 13) and $1,099.99 (for the 15).
A variety of offers are being offered by retailers. If you preorder any smartphone before May 13th, you’ll get a $150 Amazon gift card, a $150 Best Buy gift card, and either a $150 eCertificate or a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro from Samsung. You can get a $100 credit from all three retailers if you buy the Galaxy Book Pro between May 14th and May 30th.
Fair price and Amazing Performance
Overall, these computers are already amazing and come at a fair price. They’re incredibly small, well-built, and have fantastic displays — and this is coming from a business that excels in producing incredibly light, well-built electronics with fantastic displays.
The other basics, on the other hand, are something I’m still unsure about: How quickly are they going to charge? How long do you think they’ll last? What would they look like? On a Zoom call, how will I appear? After all, a $1,000 laptop can’t only have one or two strengths; it must also be satisfactory in other areas. And I sincerely hope that these ground-breaking features are perks rather than features that must be sacrificed anywhere.