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Samsung Galaxy Book S Always Connected Laptop

MSRP 1000 USDNEX score 71%

Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy Book S is an always-connected laptop that offers desktop experience and smartphone convenience in a mobile package. In its paper-thin chassis, Samsung packs the best in class Qualcomm mobile computing solutions. Powered by Windows 10, Galaxy Book S lets the owner work and entertain effortlessly on the go.
With ultra-fast Gigabit LTE connectivity, the Galaxy S retains virtually constant connection to the cloud. It also features touch-to-wake capabilities for instant access much like a smartphone.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Good battery life
  • Good display with good color space coverage
  • Very good speakers
Cons
  • Low CPU performance
  • Only 12 months of warranty

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Decent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Only 256GB of storage
  • No Intel/AMD support
  • No SD card reader
  • No Quad HD or 4K options
  • Mediocre graphics
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
LTE (Nano SIM), WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, GPS

Construction

Battery | Capacity
42 Wh
Camera | Front
HD

Dimensions

Size | Depth
203.2 mm
Size | Height
11.8 mm
Size | Width
305.2 mm
Weight
0.96 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
13.3"
Resolution
FHD

Function

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx (8-core)
Touch Screen
10-point multi-touch

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X
Storage
256 or 512GB + MicroSD

Production

Debut
Unpacked 2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Galaxy Book S is a Windows laptop with a 13.3-inch screen. It's powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx processor. There's 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state drive storage. LTE connectivity is what makes this laptop perfect for those who can do their work anywhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8cx processor
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi or LTE
  • LTE only available through Verizon

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Cinebench R15 single-core test was improved from 88 to 111 points (+26%) when we manually selected the faster Sunny Cove core. Samsung once again uses UFS 3.0 storage for the Galaxy Book S with a storage capacity of 256 GB. The performance of the drive is superior to conventional hard drives, but real PCIe-SSDs in the competitors are just much faster.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
Cons
  • Low TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The screen calibration is decent out of the box and the deviations both for the grayscale as well as the colors (vs. sRGB) are not too big. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor has eight cores, consisting of four fast Cortex A76 cores (up to 2.84 GHz) and four slower Cortex A55 cores. You also get 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
At just over two pounds, the Samsung Galaxy Book S lands in tablet territory (including a keyboard) Like some of Acer's Swift notebooks, the Book S is thin enough that the chassis actually bulges to accommodate the pair of USB-C ports. Samsung DeX connects a Galaxy phone in a desktop-like environment on your PC.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Dolby Atmos software
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No fingerprint reader
  • No eSIM

t3[5]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a really well built device that manages to still feel sturdy even though it's fantastically lightweight. The laptop tips the scales at just 960 grams (2.12 pounds) and is 11.8 mm (0.46 inches) thick at its thickest point. It's a pleasure just to move your fingers across the textured, matte metal chassis, and to be honest a lot of the time we preferred just looking at the laptop rather than doing any actual work on it.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
Cons
  • Not all Windows desktop apps are optimised for running on mobile chips
  • Fanless design feels a little clunky

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
, which is not a problem I've had on any other laptops recently. Running benchmarks is tricky on a Snapdragon so we can't compare with all our usual tests, but what we do have gives you an idea of how it's been improved from the 835. There are also compatibility issues to be aware of as unlike the Envy x2, the Book S comes with Windows 10 Home, not the limited S version. At £999 (US$999 or AU$1,699) it's not crazily expensive.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Only 256GB of storage

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S runs Windows 10 and has 4G connectivity. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, which is a big improvement over previous SoCs. The battery life of the Book S is phenomenal, and we could go an entire day without a charge. However, the laptop still struggles with more intensive workloads.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • 4G connectivity
  • Fast boot and resume times
Cons
  • No Intel/AMD support
  • No 4G connectivity

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a nice -- but pricey -- system that puts the “ultra” in ultraportable. The design is sleek and lightweight, and I never stopped being impressed by it. It's also the first time we're seeing Intel's Lakefield processor, and the 5-core CPU seems to largely land within expectations.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Galaxy Book S has a Full HD screen with 96% sRGB gamut coverage. But the processor simply isn’t powerful enough for professional use. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip seen in the Galaxy is far behind the more powerful Intel Core and AMD Ryzen chips. The Surface Laptop 3 can be bought for around the same price as the Galaxy Book S.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons
  • No Quad HD or 4K options
  • Mediocre graphics

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S hands-on review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-review/. 2019-08-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Lakefield with initial problems. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-S-Laptop-Review-Lakefield-with-initial-problems.480990.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Laptop Review: Long battery runtime and under 1 kg. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-Book-S-Laptop-Review-Long-battery-runtime-and-under-1-kg.477103.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review: Incredible battery life, WWAN options sell this on-the-go PC. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3530151/samsung-galaxy-book-s-review.html. 2020-03-11. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review: taking portability to the next level. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-review. 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/samsung-galaxy-book-s-3787949/. 2020-05-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-8cx. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review: The First Intel Lakefield Laptop. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s-intel-lakefield. 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Book S Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-s. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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