Samsung unveils Galaxy Book Flex, Ion laptops with Intel 10th Gen CPU, QLED display

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on Oct 30 2019
Samsung unveils Galaxy Book Flex, Ion laptops with Intel 10th Gen CPU, QLED display

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Samsung unveils two new laptops at its annual developer conference

They are the Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion

They come in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch versions

With PC manufacturers like Lenovo and Asus bringing in more Thin and Light laptop models each passing year, Samsung appears to be feeling the need to step in and try its hand. At this year’s annual Samsung Developer Conference (SDC19), Samsung unveiled two new Thin and Light laptops under the Galaxy sub-brand. While the Galaxy Ion is a traditional Thin and Light model, the Galaxy Flex is a Thin and Light Convertible with support for the inbuilt S Pen stylus. Both laptops will be available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants. Their pricing and availability are not known at present.

Galaxy Flex comes with an inbuilt S Pen stylus

Both models are powered by Intel’s 10th Gen Core series CPUs and up to 16GB of system RAM. Storage goes up to 1TB on a PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. Both models feature a QLED display panel with a maximum resolution of 1980 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), AKG-tuned stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner, Wi-Fi 6, and support for Thunderbolt 3. The 15.6-inch variants of both models come with optional discrete graphics in the form of an Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 video RAM.

While the Galaxy Ion is powered by Intel’s 14-nanometre Comet Lake chips, the more flexible Galaxy Flex is powered by Intel’s 10-nanometre Ice Lake chips. According to the spec sheet shared by Samsung, the 13.3-inch variant of the Galaxy Ion weighs less than a kilogramme (970g). The 15.6-inch variant of the same model weighs up to 1.26 kilogrammes. The Galaxy Flex, whose dimensions are similar to the Galaxy Ion’s, weighs a little over the 1-kilogramme mark too (13.3-inch: 1.15 kilogrammes, 15.6-inch: up to 1.57 kilogrammes). The Galaxy Flex is expected to come in a Royal Blue colour option, while the Galaxy Ion will come in an Aura Silver colour option.

The two new Samsung laptops are based on Intel's Project Athena

Samsung says both models were co-engineered with Intel as part of Project Athena to “meet the program’s targets for advanced computing experiences and specifications to enable exceptional responsiveness, high efficiency battery life and instant action.” The QLED panel on both devices is expected to throw out up to 600 nits of brightness. Samsung says the two new Galaxy devices also feature Wireless PowerShare in their touchpad, which can be used to charge Qi-certified smartphones and devices, including Samsung’s own Galaxy Buds.

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