In a winning attempt to up its portability game in the computing world, Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Book Flex and the Galaxy Book Ion. Both these premium laptops are highly portable—weighing around 2.5lbs—but they also promise to deliver strongly on performance, display and design.
Samsung has co-engineered its latest foray with Intel, under the Project Athena innovation program. The QLED display, realized on a laptop for the first time, provides for exceptional clarity, while the tenth-gen Intel processors intend to maximize performance. The most recent Samsung notebooks also claim to have long-lasting batteries, smooth inter-device connectivity, and high-speed internet. While the new launches will be available in the US in 2020, they have already started stirring up massive anticipation.
Galaxy Book Flex: For Adaptive, Powerful Performance
An all-rounder 2-in-1 laptop suitable for business as well as creative pursuits, the Galaxy Book Flex follows a hinge-based design for multi-mode use (tablet and laptop). It comes with a QLED FHD display and an enhanced stylus (S Pen) that lets you switch slides, rewind videos, etc., more intuitively than ever. Art-lovers can rejoice in access to the PENUP community that allows users to create and share artwork.
This laptop is driven by an Intel Core Ice Lake processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. (You can also opt for NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.) Users can experience superb connectivity, thanks to Wi-Fi 6, a micro SD slot, and a Thunderbolt port. The overall build is lightweight and sleek at 2.5lbs–3.46lbs (1.15kg–1.57kg) and around 0.50”–0.58” (12.9mm–14.9mm).
Galaxy Book Ion: Simplifying Life On-The-Go
A true-blue portability champ, the Galaxy Book Ion is built from lightweight magnesium and weighs only 2.13lbs–2.7lbs (0.97kg–1.26kg). It has a sleek, clamshell frame with a thickness of 0.50”–0.58”, allowing users to slip the device into backpacks and get along their days. Fueled by an Intel Core Comet Lake processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD, this notebook employs Intel UHD graphics. Here too, you can choose to have NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. It is also possible to upgrade the memory in the 15.6” model to perform CPU-intensive endeavors with greater speed.
The Galaxy Book Ion is equipped with plenty of connectivity options as well, including Wi-Fi 6, a Thunderbolt port, and a microSD slot.
At initial reckoning, both the new launches promise computing brilliance in a manner that optimizes contemporary living. Not only are the new notebooks portable but also hyper-connected with technologies like Wireless PowerShare (to allow you to charge compatible smartphones or wearables). The displays are customized for life on the run; the 600-nits brightness and the provision for outdoor mode enable users to work even in sunlight.
It seems highly likely that the newest Galaxy series might propel Samsung into the prime league of travel-friendly yet performance-oriented computers.