Samsung Announces New Ultrabooks With QLED and 10th Gen Intel Processors

Samsung has announced its first two laptops for 2020. The Galaxy Book Flex and Ion bring stellar displays with QLED panels and beefy specifications.

As the name suggests, the biggest highlight of the Galaxy Book Flex is that its screen can bend all the way back, allowing for an extremely versatile display.

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Galaxy Book Flex

As mentioned before, the name “Flex” comes from the laptop’s 360-degree rotating display. It has a 13-inch QLED panel with full HD resolution as well as touch and S Pen support, so it can be used as a tablet once its bent all the way back. The whole package weighs only 1.15 kg.

It will be powered by Intel’s (10th Gen) Ice Lake processors alongside 16GB LPDDR4X RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD storage. The 15-inch variant features Nvidia’s GeForce MX250 2GB GPU, whereas the 13-inch variant comes with Intel UHD graphics.

For connectivity, Galaxy Book Flex has two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, one USB C connector, a micro SD card slot, and a combo audio jack. There is also a fingerprint reader for extra security.

Specifications

Galaxy Book Flex 13 Galaxy Book Flex 15
Dimensions 302.6 x 202.9 x 12.9 mm 355.0 x 227.2 x 14.9 mm
Weight 1.15 kg 1.57 kg (External graphics model) 1.52 kg (Internal graphics model)
Display 13.3-inch QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080) 15.6-inch QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU 10th-generation Intel Core processor (Ice Lake) 10th-generation Intel Core processor (Ice Lake)
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics or Intel UHD Graphics Nvidia GeForce MX250 and Intel Iris Plus or Intel UHD
Memory Up to 16GB (LPDDR4x) Up to 16GB (LPDDR4x)
Storage Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe) Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
WLAN Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11ax 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11ax 2×2
orts Thunderbolt 3 (2), USB-C (1), MicroSD reader, combo jack Thunderbolt 3 (2), USB-C (1), MicroSD reader, combo jack

Galaxy Book Ion

The Galaxy Book Ion is identical to the Galaxy Book Flex in terms of specifications. They look similar too with the only major difference being the standard laptop hinge on the Ion. No 360-degree display on this one.

There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but it is clear that the Galaxy Book Flex is going to be pricier due to its 360-degree hinge. Sales are scheduled to start between December 2019-January 2020.

Specifications

Galaxy Book Ion 13 Galaxy Book Ion 15
Dimensions 305.7 x 199.8 x 12.9 mm 356.1 x 228.0 x 14.9 mm
Weight 0.97 kg 1.26 kg (External graphics model) 1.19 kg (Internal graphics model)
Display 13.3-inch QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080) 15.6-inch QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU 10th-generation Intel Core processor (Comet Lake) 10th-generation Intel Core processor (Comet Lake)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics Nvidia GeForce MX250 or Intel UHD
Memory Up to 16GB (DDR4) Up to 16GB (DDR4) + 1 Sodimm
Storage Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe) Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe) + 1 SSD expandable slot
WLAN Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2
Ports Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.0 (2), HDMI, MicroSD card reader, combo jack Thunderbolt 3, USB-A 3.0 (2), HDMI, MicroSD card reader, combo jack


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