All-day battery life – that’s all you really have to say to sell anyone on a laptop’s merits. And that’s exactly what you can have with the Samsung Galaxy Book S, quite possibly the most intriguing laptop the outfit has ever built.
Equipped with a whopping 23 hours of battery life (for video playback, according to Samsung), you can literally pull an all-nighter on this thing without having to recharge, making it incredibly convenient to carry on the road. Granted, actual battery life tends to vary on the kind of load you’re putting on the system, although the 23-hour rating is ample enough that we wouldn’t mind shaving off a couple hours to do some resource-heavy tasks.
No, the Samsung Galaxy Book S doesn’t achieve the feat by packing in a gigantic battery. Instead, it’s mostly achieved by skipping Intel’s line of CPUs in favor of a 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX (eight general-purpose cores and an Adreno GPU), a chip designed specifically to maximize battery life rather to deliver powerful performance. That means, it lacks the kind of muscle to compete with Intel-powered laptops, although it does pack enough power to handle most types of tasks that people do on their work computers. Yes, folks who do stuff like animations and movie editing will probably want to steer clear of this thing. Everyone else who don’t use resource-heavy applications, though (e.g. most office professionals), this thing should bring enough muscle to satisfy your needs.
It has a 13.3-inch LCD with full HD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 10-point touch system, so you can just tap buttons onscreen if you forgot to bring a mouse to the coffee shop you’re spending the day in (yes, we’re assuming you hate trackpads, too). We have a feeling the decision to stick with an HD screen also contributes to the thrifty battery life, which, quite honestly, we’d actually take over a 4K panel for a computer you’re using strictly for office work.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S pairs the Snapdragon processor with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of NAND flash storage, both of which, again, hint at the laptop’s power-saving focus. It also gets a fingerprint sensor, a 720p webcam, and stereo speakers tuned by AKG, along with the usual wireless connectivity, complete with a SIM slot for LTE and a GPS chip. Rounding out the feature set are two USB Type-C slots, a 3.5mm port, and a microSD card reader that supports cards up to 1TB.
Yes, it’s not the most thrilling hardware in the world. What it may lack in muscle, it more than makes up for in two things: the aforementioned battery life and its stunningly slim design. Measuring at just 0.5 inches in the thickest section and weighing 2.2 pounds, it just might be the most svelte laptop out there (so much so that your laptop bag will be dead flat). Seriously, it’s a classy-looking piece of hardware. It comes with Windows 10 and an instant-on capability that automatically powers it up if you touch the fingerprint sensor, keyboard, or trackpad.
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is priced starting at $999.