A couple of months ago, Samsung Electronics announced two new Thin and Light laptop models in the US, namely, the Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex. The latter model is now being joined by what appears to be a cheaper cousin called the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha. With no word on availability in India, Samsung’s press release says the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha will go on sale in the US with Intel’s 10th Gen Core series CPUs “in the first half of 2020” at a starting price of $829.99, which translates to about Rs 60,000.
A quick look at the device’s spec sheet reveals that the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha is undoubtedly a Thin and Light Convertible laptop. Weighing in at 1.19 kilogrammes, the laptop is no thicker than 13.9 millimetres. It comes with a 13.3-inch QLED display with Full HD resolution. The display can be pushed all the way back into tablet mode. Powering the laptop is one of Intel’s 10th Gen Core series CPUs along with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. Internal storage goes all the way from 256GB to 1TB on a PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. Sadly, there’s no discrete graphics option on board.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha features Wi-Fi 6, fingerprint authentication, stereo speakers, and support for the Samsung Active Pen stylus, which is unfortunately not bundled with device. The Galaxy Book Flex Alpha employs an aluminium construction and a 54Wh integrated battery, which Samsung claims is good for up to 17.5 hours of unplugged use. The battery supports fast charging and comes with a number of connectivity options, including USB-C, USB-A 3.0, and HDMI. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot on offer.
According to Samsung, the display on the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha delivers up to 600 nits of brightness and a 100-per cent colour coverage, though it hasn’t mentioned on which colour space. It’s hard to say whether the Samsung Book Flex Alpha will be launched in India at all, given the fact that Samsung has never been too keen on selling PCs in India. If you’re looking for alternatives to this one, consider the recently launched Lenovo IdeaPad C340(₹ 57990 at amazon). It starts at Rs 46,190 and goes all the way up to Rs 89,490. You can read our review of it here.
|Release Date:||21 Nov 2019|