Samsung just stormed ahead of CES 2020 by unveiling the new Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha, a sub $1,000 laptop with a QHD display.
A variant of the Galaxy Book Flex we saw last year, the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is an ultra-lightweight 2-in-1 laptop with an aluminum chassis and Intel 10th Gen processors.
Here is everything we know about the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha, including its price, features, availability and this is our review of Samsung galaxy book flex.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex specs
- CPU: Undisclosed Intel 10th-gen Core processor
- Display: 13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) QLED display, 600 nits
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics
- Memory: Up to 12GB DDR4
- Storage: Up to 512GB SSD
- Ports: USB-C, USB 3.0 x 2, HDMI, microSD, combo audio jack
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax 2×2)
- Battery: 54Wh
- Dimensions: 304.9 x 202 x 13.9mm
- Weight: 2.6 pounds (1.19 kg)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha price, availability
The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is priced starting at $829.99 (roughly Rs. 59,300) for the base configuration, and it will be made available in a single Royal Silver colour option.
The laptop is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2020.
Design and feel and built of galaxy book flex
The Galaxy Book Flex brings back Samsung’s neat royal blue color found in lots of its older Ultrabooks, and it is a good means of standing out from the silvers and grays.
The laptops are surrounded by chrome chamfered edges on its sides, where the hard connections reside.
It’s an awfully square design, which is a stark departure from the rounded corners we’re used to seeing on Samsung laptops, which embodies the direction the company is looking to take with these new models.
Samsung wants to develop a stronger brand for its laptops, hence dropping the “Notebook 9” naming.
The 13.3-inch model measures just 12.9mm thin and weighs 1.15kg, while the 15.6-inch model comes in a slightly thicker 14.9mm and weighing 1.57kg.
That said, Samsung retains the stowable S Pen design as well as the squared 360-degree hinge from models of the past.
While we’re not huge fans of convertible to begin with, so we’ll say we’re just fine with the hinge feels sturdy enough, but the lack of any rubber on the laptop’s lid could make tent mode a little difficult to use beyond movie watching.
The S Pen implementation remains one of the best among 2-in-1 laptops, we’re happy to find out.
This lightweight and low-touch stylus may not have the heft of Microsoft’s Surface Pen, but it has even better software implementation and inarguably more portability. The stylus also displays plenty of pressure sensitivity.
Speaking of sensitivity, we do wish that the keyboard on the Galaxy Book Flex would be less sensitive and squishy and more forceful in its feedback returning to that default state. It’s not the most ideal typing experience for a laptop of its price.
That said, we appreciate the inclusion of a fingerprint reader amongst the keys. It’s an odd placement at first, but it makes more sense the more we think about it.
We also appreciate the touchpad for a specific reason. Sure, it’s smooth and accurate glass, but its surface doubles as a wireless charging station.
The feature works brilliantly, if a little ill-designed: certainly no one else is offering such a feature right now, but this also can only be used when you’re not actively using either your laptop or phone. A scenario in which you’re not on your phone or your laptop is a rare one these days.
As for the display, this is the first-ever using Samsung’s QLED technology, bringing its top-end TV screen tech to laptops.
This is definitely one of the most vibrant laptop displays we’ve ever seen, even at 1080p, though surely a sharper resolution would only do these displays better.
Colors are full and rich on the QLED panel, which should please digital artists.
Though, we wonder whether pixel technology alone would pull those folks from tablets or laptops with more robust styluses or stronger graphics power.
If that doesn’t do the trick, Samsung’s promise of legibility in any lighting condition, with up to 600 nits (!) of brightness, may work. (This will obviously be a blow to battery life, but as to how much we’ve not been given an estimate.)
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha ports
You get a good variety of ports on the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha considering its size.
On the right side of the laptop are two USB 3.0 ports and a microSD card slot while the left side houses a USB Type-C input, an HDMI port and a headphone/mic jack.
We wish there was a Thunderbolt 3 connection but not everyone needs super-fast transfer speeds or to connect to multiple 4K monitors.
Performance of Samsung Galaxy book flex
It’s difficult to list anything more than expectations of performance when it comes to a hands-on review, but we do know what will be inside these laptops.
Intel Ice Lake brings the company’s storied 14-nanometer (nm) process down to 10nm, which obviously means more transistors within the same die.
More transistors means better performance for generally the same power draw, and that’s what we’ll likely see here, judging by our previous tests of laptops and tablets running the latest Intel silicon.
However, we’re not yet seeing the promised battery gains of Ice Lake that Intel promises, at least not on the Surface Pro 7.
Though much of this relies on firmware as much as the more advanced hardware.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha Pros:
- Gorgeous displays
- Wireless device charging
- New Intel silicon
- Fingerprint reader
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha Cons:
- No price or release date
- Too few differences between models
We appreciate Samsung’s attempts to reinvent its line of laptops with new branding and features that no other laptop can claim.
Particularly, the QLED displays with sky-high brightness are the laptops’ marquee feature after all, you are looking at a laptop’s display constantly.
It’s also easy to appreciate Samsung’s wireless charging implementation, though its use cases are going to be extremely limited being placed on the touchpad.
We get that this obviously can only be done on glass surfaces, but perhaps Samsung could have implemented glass on the lid or keyboard deck somewhere.
As it is, you’re likely only ever to use this feature when you’re stuck with one charger and no USB-C cord for your phone to charge.