Hands on with the Galaxy Book S, Samsung’s laptop and smartphone hybrid

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Book S, a device that promises the best of both worlds by combining the battery life and LTE data of a smartphone with the power of a full Windows 10 laptop.

We were able to try out the Galaxy Book S for a few minutes after its release, but unfortunately we expect two new features here, the new Qualcomm 8cx processor and 23 hours of battery life. Simple practice makes it difficult to measure.


Photo of Chris Welch / The Verge

What I can say is: It was noticeably slower or slower when using the Galaxy Book S. Apps like, Edge and Paint 3D ran as expected. But that's not a decisive way either way, and when it's released next month, you'll have to do a more serious application with proper testing. (An early demo of 8cx running Firefox, conducted by my colleague Sean Hollister last December, was also impressive, but there is room for optimism here.)

As for the hardware itself, Samsung did a good job here. The Galaxy Book S is ultra-thin and lightweight (to the point where you fail the "one-hand test" of opening the lid without lifting the entire laptop). The aluminum case feels a bit cheap. Samsung's other laptops have been in the past, but they're part of the price you pay for a 2.11 pound laptop.


Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

And when the initial leak was compared to Microsoft's Surface Laptop, the actual Galaxy Book S was the size of Apple's latest MacBook Air, Much like the look and design. The trackpad uses Microsoft's Windows Precision driver, and the keyboard is a standard 13.3-inch FHD panel that enjoys typing and the screen is surprisingly not disappointing, despite the limited space for key travel. Also, unlike other thin bezel laptops, Samsung kept the webcam upwards where it owned the webcam (Windows Hello can only be accessed through the fingerprint power button).

But as mentioned earlier, there is also the impact of the phone. A Qualcomm processor that creates or breaks the Galaxy Book S and a hidden SIM / MicroSD card slot at the bottom (unlike the Note 10 just announced), which has a headphone jack.

But assuming the processor and battery life lasts long (a big “if” at this stage given the current history of ARM-based laptops), the $ 999 price target Samsung may be fair and the Galaxy Book S Opened a new era of portable laptops.

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