Samsung Launches Galaxy Book Flex: Convertibles with QLED Displays & Ice Lakeby Anton Shilov on October 30, 2019 6:00 PM EST
In addition to announcing its Galaxy Book Ion notebooks, Samsung this week also introduced its convertible Galaxy Book Flex laptops. Unlike their classic counterparts, the Galaxy Book Flex PCs use Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors, and offer a slightly different feature set to better suited to convertibles.
Set to be available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch versions, Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex convertibles come in an CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a proprietary 360-degree hinge as well as a Royal Blue finish. Typical for 2-in-1 class machines, the Galaxy Book Flex are slightly heavier when compared to conventional laptops of the same size: the 13.3-inch model weighs 1.15 kilograms, whereas the 15.6-inch model weighs starting from 1.52 kilograms. The mobile PCs are equipped with a quantum dot-enhanced QLED touch-enabled LCD featuring 600 nits brightness along with a wider-than-sRGB color gamut. Furthermore, the machines support Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare capability to charge smartphones and other Qi-compatible devices.
As noted above, Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex notebooks are based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors (Ice Lake) with UHD or Iris Plus graphics, and are accompanied by up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, an NVMe/PCIe SSD with capacities up to 1TB, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 discrete GPU with 2 GB of memory in case of the 15.6-inch model.
Being a Project Athena convertible PCs, the Galaxy Book Flex support modern connectivity and multimedia technologies, though you won't find older connectors such as GbE, USB Type-A, or DisplayPort/HDMI. On the wireless side of things, the machines offer Wi-Fi 6 as well as Bluetooth. The wired department offers two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports, one regular USB 3.0 port, a microSD/UFS card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. Samsung’s notebook also comes with a fingerprint reader, a 720p webcam, a microphone array, and stereo speakers co-designed with AKG and enhanced with an amplifier.
|General Specifications of Samsung's Galaxy Book Flex|
|Galaxy Book Flex
|Galaxy Book Flex
|Launch||Q4 2019||Q4 2019|
|Brightness||600 nits||600 nits|
|CPU||10th Gen Intel Core
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
|Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Optional: NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 2 GB
|Memory||up to 16 GB DDR4|
|Storage||SSD primary||up to 1 TB PCIe/NVMe SSD|
|Card||UFS + microSD card reader|
|Wireless Connectivity||2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)
|Thunderbolt 3||2 × Thunderbolt 3|
|USB||1 × USB 3.0 Type-C|
with Smart Amp
1 × microphone
1× TRRS jack
|Dimensions||Width||302.6 mm | 11.91"||355 mm | 13.97"|
|Depth||202.9 mm | 7.98"||227.2 mm | 8.94"|
|Thickness||12.9 mm | 0.5"||14.9 mm | 0.58"|
|Weight||1.15 kg | 2.53 lbs||1.52 kg | 3.35 lbs
1.57 kg | 3.46 lbs (w/ dGPU)
Samsung did not touch upon prices of its Project Athena-verified convertibles, but said that the notebooks will be available this December in select countries.
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Quantumz0d - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - linkAfter 1-2 Years this laptop will not hold it's charge and you can't find the replacement anywhere near. Also add in the cTDP trash. So finally it belongs with all other BGA dumpster laptops.
ph00ny - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - linkWhat does that mean? I have an old chronos7 17" and it's still going strong. I did clean out the dust from the heatsink and fan a few times though
Operandi - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - linkHe's just suffering from some IT variant of tourette's syndrome. Pay no attention and move along.
Retycint - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - linkThis is a thin-and-light laptop, so of course it has to be BGA and be TDP limited. Were you expecing a socketed i7-9900k or something?
trivik12 - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - linkif this is around XPS 13 price point, it would be my next laptop as it has LPDDR4x and icelake.
qap - Thursday, October 31, 2019 - linkI would love to see this with 16:10 display (or maybe even 3:2). There is enough room with that thick bezel at the bottom (same withy my XPS 15). But there is hope at least for XPS - their 2-in-1 13" already has this aspect ratio.
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