At today’s Samsung Developers Conference (SDC 2019), the company announced two new laptops, the Galaxy Book Ion and the Galaxy Book Flex. The former is a model with a traditional flip-top design, while the latter is a 2-in-1 deformation machine with a 360-degree hinge. Consumers can choose a 13- or 15-inch screen, which Samsung calls the world’s first laptop with a QLED screen.
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In outdoor mode, the QLED screen can be as bright as an impressive 600 nits. Despite the slow adoption of QLED screens, they have many features compared to LCDs.
(Galaxy Book Flex Specification)
Examples include richer, vibrant colors and reduced energy consumption. Samsung said the two laptops had improved significantly thanks to the “energy-efficient display.”
(Galaxy Book Ion specification)
It’s worth noting that both laptops also support Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare wireless charging capabilities to deliver power to devices compatible with Qi wireless charging, such as the Galaxy S10/Note 10 (power is not known).
Internally, both devices offer the option of an Intel 10 Generation Core processor. The 13/15-inch Model of the Book Flex has an optional 10nm Ice Lake chip, while the Book Ion can optional 14nm Comet Lake chip (the exact specification has not yet been announced).
The new laptop is also certified by the Intel Project Athena project to guarantee instant start-up and improved networked standby capabilities that rely on the latest Intel 10 generation processors.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s new Surface device also supports this feature. It essentially ensures that the laptop does not go into hibernation and allows the device to wake up immediately when the cover is opened, with virtually no power consumption during this period.
For graphics, the 13-inch models of the Book Flex/Ion are nuclear-enabled, while the 15-inch version is available with a 2 GB memory-enabled Nvita GeForce MX250.
On the storage side, the user can choose 16GB of RAM plus 1TB SSD. Happily, Samsung also allows the Galaxy Book Ion to extend storage because of its spare memory and hard drive slots.
(Galaxy Book Flex, via Slash Gear)
The Galaxy Book Flex offers three USB Type-C ports, two of which are compatible with Thunderbolt 3. However, the Galaxy Book Ion has two USB 3.0 Type-A ports.
Complemented by HDMI audio and video output, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD reader, Windows Hello fingerprint authentication.
In addition, the Galaxy Book Flex has a S Pen stylus and slot similar to the Galaxy Note 10 smartphone.
To sum up, the Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex prefer a portable Ultrabook to a game-based/editing machine.
Although the screen is a QLED panel, the resolution is limited to 1080p Full HD, which may be a bit disappointing for some consumers.
Finally, the two notebooks will be available in a specific market in December. As for the Galaxy Book S with Qualcomm’s 8cx platform, there is no word yet.