Samsung had loads to reveal for IFA 2020, however it wasn’t quite finished after the deluge of phones and tablets.
The tech firm has introduced a 5G model of its Galaxy Book Flex that may keep the 2-in-1 laptop online wherever you go — when it’s safer to travel, anyway. This is Samsung’s first 5G-equipped notebook.
It’s a major upgrade even if you happen to stay at home. The new Flex is without doubt one of the first laptops using Intel’s 11th Gen Core processors, which promise significant leaps in performance with out compromising on battery life. Samsung didn’t outline the exact processors in use, however they’ll be higher-end Core i5 and i7 models with Intel’s speedier Xe integrated graphics. You also can count on Thunderbolt 4 support.
The new Flex also provides a 13MP rear-facing camera. It’s pitched as excellent for taking images of notes and recipes with out reaching for your phone, however it also needs to be helpful for video chats where you need to share more than your face. A “720p” front-facing camera remains to be in place.
This can also be one of the first laptops to earn Intel’s Evo badge, the successor to Project Athena. On top of the specs, the Evo label ensures at least 9 hours of battery life with a 1080p screen, waking from sleep in less than a second, responsiveness on battery power, and quick charging that gives as much as 4 hours of additional runtime in less than 30 minutes.
The system is otherwise very similar to the Galaxy Book Flex you keep in mind, though that’s not essentially a bad thing. The 13.3-inch system boasts an S Pen (with the latest version of Samsung Notes), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, as much as 16GB of RAM, and as much as a 512GB solid-state drive. It’s light for a laptop at just below 2.8lbs, though that places it on the heavier side for tablets.
Samsung hasn’t detailed where the Flex 5G will ship or how much it costs, though you may safely presume it’s going to carry a premium over standard models. Given how few 5G laptops (let alone convertibles) are in the marketplace, although, that further cost could be justifiable if you happen to count on to be away from Wi-Fi sooner or later.