Samsung has just announced at its developer conference two ultra-portable and ultra-powerful premium laptops, Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion. These latest pair of high-performance notebooks aimed at users who want the best to work with mobility, versatility, and state-of-the-art hardware.
Both devices offer the tenth generation of Intel Core processors, biometric authentication, wireless charging under the trackpad and QLED display. Let’s have a detailed look at both of the devices.
“Consumers often have to choose between mobility and high-performance hardware when choosing a laptop. Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion eliminate the need to compromise by offering powerful performance with unparalleled portability and display innovation.”
YoungGyoo Choi, Senior VP of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communication Business
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex
It’s not too hard to imagine the product’s differentiation by its name: Galaxy Book Flex stands out for offering a 360° hinge where it allows users to use the device in traditional, tent or tablet format, where all the keyboard is carried to the back of the notebook and only the screen is left for the user to navigate.
One of the device’s key differentiators lies in its touch screen and the presence of the S Pen integrated into the device body. That way, anyone who wants to take notes or draw can just remove the stylus pen and start work or spend some free time enjoying what you like to do. The S Pen also has the same gesture features that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 10 a few weeks ago.
Flex comes in two variants: one with 13.3 inches and one with 15.6 inches. Both panels are QLED technology and feature Full HD resolution of 1920x1080p at a 16:9 aspect ratio, not offering the productive experience of Microsoft Surface 4:3 screen competitors.
Regarding hardware, we have 10th generation Intel Core chipsets for both models, but the 13″ model comes with Intel Iris Plus or Intel UHD Graphics. The 15″ model has 2 GB of NVIDIA GeForce MX250 memory with GDDR5. Both devices have options of up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD.
For connectivity, we have Wi-Fi 6 Gig + 802.11 ax and a USB-C port (on the left), two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports (on the right), plus a microSD card and headphone and microphone slot.
Samsung Galaxy Book Ion
The Galaxy Book Ion is a little simpler, but still very powerful. It also offers the same screen size and resolution options as another model but does not offer a 360° hinge, forcing the user to use it as a traditional notebook/laptop that just opens and closes to a certain stage.
This variant offers up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory (versus Flex’s LPDDR4x) and up to 1 TB of SSD also in NVMe standard. The Book Ion 15″ model also offers the possibility to expand storage via SSD with an additional slot not present in the 13″ model.
As for connectivity ports, the Galaxy Book Ion offers a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, two Type-A 3.0 USB ports, HDMI and microSD card slot, plus headphone and microphone connector.
During the presentation, Samsung highlighted the presence of wireless charging support under the Galaxy Book Flex and Ion’s own trackpad. Just put the accessory or smartphone with Qi-standard and you’re done. It works with Samsung devices like the Galaxy Buds, Watch and Samsung phones, but also with other brands.