Samsung unveiled a new laptop called the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion during the Samsung Developer Conference.
The Samsung galaxy book ion laptop sports many impressive features, including the world’s first QLED display on a laptop.
Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Generation processor and ultra-portable, lightweight magnesium design.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is also confirmed to meet the required specifications to be verified by Intel’s Project Athena innovation initiative.
This simply means the laptop meets the criteria Intel believes to be the most important for the average user.
For everything else on the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion, keep reading on.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex basic specs
- Display: 13.3-inch/15.6-inch QLED (1920×1080)
- Processor: Undisclosed Intel 10th-gen Comet Lake
- Graphics: 13-inch: Intel UHD/Iris Plus; 15-inch: UHD/Iris
- Plus/GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5
- Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR4xStorage: Up to 1TB NVMe SSD
- Ports: 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports; 1 USB-C port; microSD; 3.5mm
- Camera: 720p (user-facing)
- Battery: 69.7Wh
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2
- Operating system: Undisclosed
- Dimensions: 13-inch: 302.6 x 202.9 x 12.9 mm; 15-inch: 355.0 x 227.2 x 14.9 mm
- Weight: 13-inch: 2.53 pounds; 15-inch: 3.35-3.46 pounds
- Color: Royal Blue
- Additional features: Fingerprint reader (Windows Hello); integrated S Pen
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Overview
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is a new laptop from Samsung designed for “demanding multi-threaded workloads” on the go.
Thanks to Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Generation processor, this looks to pack a serious performance punch.
Despite the powerhouse performance though, the Galaxy Book Ion rocks a lightweight magnesium frame.
There are no exact details on the weight just yet, but Samsung looks keen to promote the portability of this device, so we’re expecting to weigh little over 1kg.
The Project Athena certification also leaves us to assume this laptop will offer super-speedy connectivity, virtually all-day battery life, a four-hour battery charge in 30 minutes and ‘instant resume’ so the device immediately jumps back into action as soon as you lift the laptop’s lid.
Perhaps the most exciting feature though, is the QLED panel.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is among the very first laptops to feature a QLED screen, which is likely to offer fantastic contrast and deep, accurate blacks for an improved picture.
The laptop will be available in two different sizes, with the choice of 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models.
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Design, feel and built of Samsung Galaxy book ion
Samsung is taking a much more streamlined and basic approach to the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion design, stripping them of any 2-in-1 laptop features, namely the touchscreens and 360-degree hinges.
However, Samsung made a particularly appreciable change to its traditional clamshell design what it calls the “Book Hinge.”
The company can call this feature whatever it wants, but ultimately this is the ErgoLift Hinge that Asus introduced to laptops some two years ago now.
This elevates the typing angle of the keyboard and makes additional room for air cooling. It’s nevertheless a brilliant feature, but it’s far from original.
Samsung is also pushing its more affordable laptops as ultra light, and it shows the 13-inch model weighs in at 970g, while the 15.6-inch version weighs 1.19kg to start.
The laptops measure 12.9mm and 14.9mm thin, respectively, which matches the Flex models exactly.
The laptops come in a gorgeous-looking “Aura Silver” color magnesium frame, which changes hue a bit depending on the angle you’re looking at it from.
This is similar to Samsung’s latest flagship phones, but less pronounced.
We love the feathery weight of both laptops, admittedly, and appreciate the color treatment. More importantly, however, we adore the keyboards on both models.
The keyboards on the Samsung Galaxy Book Ion are both quieter and punchier than the Flex models, oddly enough.
The touchpads are equally impressive in terms of response and accuracy.
Plus, these touchpads also feature Samsung’s wireless power delivery technology.
The feature works without a hitch, if a little ill-conceived undoubtedly no other laptop maker offers such a feature right now.
but this also can only be used when you’re not actively using either device given the placement.
A scenario in which you’re not on your phone or your laptop is not common at all these days.
As for the screen, this follows suit from the Flex line in adopting Samsung’s QLED technology, bringing its flagship TV display tech to mid-range laptops.
This is no doubt one of the richest laptop displays we’ve ever seen, even at 1080p. However, we’re sure a higher resolution would do these displays that much better.
Colors are deep and vibrant on the QLED screen, which should please the media nuts out there.
If that doesn’t do it for you, Samsung promises better legibility in any lighting environment, with up to 600 nits of brightness
. (This will surely be a blow to battery life, but as to how much we’ve not been told.)
Performance of the Samsung Galaxy Ion
It’s tough to list anything more than expectations of power when it comes to a hands-on review, but we do know what will be inside these laptops.
Intel Comet Lake carries on the chip maker’s storied 14nm process, iterating for what seems the umpteenth time.
With that, we expect rather slightly better performance than CPUs released earlier this year in the likes of the early 2019 Dell XPS 13.
That’s fine for just about any type of user, but these should surely be cheaper than any laptop featuring Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake chips inside.
Samsung is promising up to 20 hours of battery life from either version of the Galaxy Book Ion, which makes little to no sense to us, as both house the exact same battery.
Also, this promised figure is out of this world. Not even the new Pixelbook Go widely agreed to be a battery marvel comes close to this.
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion Pros
- Gorgeous displays
- Wireless device charging
- Fingerprint readers
- Excellent keyboards
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion
- No price or release date
- Crazy battery life promise
- Too few differences between models