+ Saturday November 16th, 2019

“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.

There’s actually a PC in this photo.

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.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Taleim
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Taleim

I’m potentially interested at the right price. This needs to be significantly cheaper than the intel equivalent. Gut feeling is that it won’t be though.

Jeni Skunk
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While I like the formfactor of this device, there’s no way I’d buy it at any price. As a Windows machine, it needs to run x86 code natively, not emulation. Without it running x86 code natively, all the Windows software you’re used to using, won’t work.

Tibb So
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Tibb So

Good to see 8gb RAM, Samsung and all manufacturers need to understand that 8gb is a minimum requirement for Windows 10, not an option.

Caleb
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Caleb

Agreed. Windows 10 does not run well on less than 8GB and runs awfully on computers with hard drives (unlike previous versions of Windows). Needs an SSD to run well.

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