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Samsung announces Galaxy Book S, promises 23 hours of battery life

Alongside the Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Book S at the Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event earlier this morning. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Book S may look like a laptop, but will function like a smartphone—this is down to collaborative effort by Samsung, Qualcomm, and Microsoft.

As such, the Galaxy Book S will come operate on Windows 10, 8GB of RAM, while under the hood it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, which Qualcomm says is its “most extreme Snapdragon ever”. This translates to a battery life of 23 hours of video playback, according to Samsung.

It will also be incredibly light, with a weight of 0.96kg; the MacBook Air, for comparison, weighs 1.25kg. With dimensions measuring at 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm, the Galaxy Book S is designed to be used on-the-go. This is mated to a 16:9 10-point touch 13.3″ display that pushes a Full HD resolution, while it will also come with Gigabit LTE support. Samsung explains that “booting up is a thing of the past”—just like smartphones. As expected, you’ll be able to charge the Galaxy Book S via USB-C.

According to DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics:

“Galaxy Book S combines the best mobility features Samsung has to offer with Microsoft’s leading productivity solutions and Qualcomm Technologies’ performance capabilities to deliver the best mobile productivity experience available in a mobile device today.”

There will be 2 storage options: 128GB and 256GB, while a microSD slot means you can extend the Galaxy Book S’ storage by up to 1TB. The Galaxy Book S will be available in select markets in Q4 2019 for a starting price of US$999 (about RM4,191), although we have yet to find out when it will be reach Malaysian shores. For more information, click here.

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