“Thin and light” sometimes seems like a misnomer applied to products by companies that have shaved millimetres and grams off products over generations, but Samsung’s just dropped one of the thinnest and lightest Windows 10 laptops around. Enter the Galaxy Book S.
Unveiled earlier today at the company’s Unpacked event in New York, the Galaxy Book S is set into an anodised aluminium frame and weighs in at just 0.96kg and is 11.8mm at its thickest point – so thin and light that it’s almost not there.
For all that (lack of) bulk, you’re getting a 13.3-inch FHD laptop with 10-point multitouch screen, running Windows 10 Home/Pro. It’s not running on Intel, though.
The Galaxy Book S is a little different to a standard laptop. It’s running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx platform and this seems to make it feel more like a smartphone than a PC – boot times are virtually eliminated, and the device is ready to use at a touch.
For a PC, the rest of the specs are relatively modest – 8GB RAM and 256/512GB storage and microSD – but that’s not too surpassing given the size and shape of the Galaxy Book S. Three point is mobility, not performance. There’s also Windows Hello with fingerprint authentication and LTE connectivity as well, although that might vary by market.
PCs and laptops are a little away from our core remit, so we can’t really speak to the difference between Qualcomm and Intel on performance – check out this report at Digital Trends for a comparison though (spoiler: it mostly comes up trumps, but check the details).
Australia will be getting the Galaxy Book S, but Samsung’s not quite ready to announce pricing and availability for us just yet.