During the annual Samsung Developers Conference, the South Korean tech giant, Samsung, has made a number of announcements. It showed off a new form factor for a foldable phone in a clamshell design. The company also announced new laptops – Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Samsung Galaxy Book Ion. One of the highlights is the wireless power-sharing feature to charge wearables. Here is all you need to know about the announcements from Samsung Developer Conference 2019 (SDC19).
The new Galaxy Books are Samsung’s first laptops to use QLED displays, which is the same display tech that the company uses on its line of high-end flat-screen TVs. Samsung says they should be brighter (with a maximum of 600 nitts using a special “Outdoor Mode” and up to 400 nitts regularly) and more color accurate than before.
The big change is the inclusion of a new Wireless PowerShare touchpad that doubles as a full-fledged Qi wireless charger for any of your wirelessly charging gadgets. Moreover, there are some changes to the S Pen that is included with the Galaxy Book Flex. It now has similar Air Action gestures to the Galaxy Note 10, allowing you to control your laptop with motion gestures using the stylus.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex, Samsung Galaxy Book Ion specifications
Both Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion will be offered in 13.3-inch QLED FHD (1920×1080 pixels) display and 15.6-inch QLED FHD (1920×1080 pixels) display options. The laptops also include Wi-Fi 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) connectivity, AKG Stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor, a backlit keyboard, 69.7Whr battery.
In terms of the differences, the Galaxy Book Flex comes with 10th generation Ice Lake Intel Core processor. The 13.3-inch model will get Intel Iris Plus Graphics or Intel UHD Graphics, whereas the 15.6-inch version will get Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, or Intel UHD Graphics.
Other specifications of the Galaxy Book Flex laptop include up to 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, up to 1TB NVMe SSD, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB Type-C port, UFC-microSD combo, and a headphone jack.
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion, on the other hand, will include 10th generation Comet Lake Intel Core processor. In terms of the GPU, RAM, and storage, the 13.3-inch model of the laptop will get Intel UHD Graphics, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, and up to 1TB NVMe SSD, whereas the 15.6-inch model will have Nvidia GeForce MX250 Graphics with GDDR5 2GB Graphic Memory or Intel UHD Graphics with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1 Sodimm slot as well as up to 1TB NVMe SSD and 1 SSD expandable slot.
Among other specifications, Samsung Galaxy Book Ion will feature one Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, UFC-microSD combo, and a headphone jack.
Both laptops also feature a fingerprint sensor built-into the keyboard. The Galaxy Book Ion shows it loud-and-clear with its blue colorway. Samsung didn’t reveal pricing for either device but did say they would be available in select markets by December of this year.