Wouldn’t it be cool if one device could give you the power of a PC, the convenience of a tablet and the mobility of a smartphone?
That’s what Samsung has set out to do. The company today announced two devices, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. Both are designed to work seamlessly with Galaxy phones and smart-home devices.
Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro
To develop these new devices, Samsung worked closely with both Intel and Microsoft. That resulted in some innovative features on these Windows 10 PCs. The new Samsung devices are also verified to Intel’s Evo platform for laptops.
“Today Samsung and Intel announced a new chapter in this shared vision,” Gregory Bryant, an Intel exec VP and GM of the company’s client computing group, said in a statement. “We’re bringing together the best of our companies to deliver advanced computing experiences across mobility, connectivity and performance….Intel is proud of the results.”
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
Both new Samsung PCs are available in a choice of 13- or 15-inch displays. The 13-incher weighs just 0.87 kg (1.9 lb.) and at its thinnest point measures just 11.2 mm (0.44 in.).
Under the hood you’ll find the latest 11th gen Intel Core processors (your choice of i3, i5, or i7) and Intel Iris Xe GPU (i5 or i7). Memory goes up to 32GB, and storage tops out at 11TB of NVMe SSD. Ports include Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C.
The Galaxy Book Pro devices also come with some nice extras and features. These include Samsung’s S Pen pointing device, AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos, and a Super AMOLED display. For connectivity, the devices support good old LTE, up-and-coming 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.
Also included is Samsung’s Intelligent Performance Manager. This software utility automatically balances the device’s performance and power consumption, modulating fan noise, temperature and battery usage.
The new Samsung devices also can double as smart-home controllers. The SmartThings app is incorporated, letting users turn house lights on and off, set room temperatures and start kitchen appliances. Another app, SmartThings Find, helps you locate misplaced Bluetooth-paired Galaxy phones, tablets and wearable devices.
The new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro devices are available now for pre-order. Retail prices for the Galaxy Book Pro start at $1,000, and for the Galaxy Book Pro 360, at $1,200.