Samsung decided to make yet another MacBook killer. This one has not chance of killing off the Mac, and like some Mac of the future, this one features an ARM-based CPU, always on LTE cellular connectivity, and has all day battery life. All. Day. I want one.
There is a good chance I would give the Galaxy Book S a looong look if there was some way it could run macOS. How does this not-quite Mac killer compare to a Mac that isn’t easily compared?
The Future Mac
Samsung does not have a stellar reputation in the PC and Chromebook business; nothing like the Dell XPS series, and certainly doesn’t bring in the revenue and profits that Apple does with the Mac, and none of the Samsung PCs compete well even with Microsoft’s Surface.
What does this look like to you?
Still, that hasn’t stopped Samsung’s noted R&D team from throwing mud against the wall to see what new products will stick. Chaim Gartenberg on the Book S guts:
With that Qualcomm processor it will perform much differently: with much longer battery life, but much less horsepower.
Less horsepower? What’s going on?
Apple’s own ARM-based CPUs run rings around almost anything Samsung puts into a delivery truck, and even iPhone and iPad Pro are faster than 90-percent of all Windows PCs.
The 8cx is Qualcomm’s 7-nanometer chip designed for PCs, and Samsung says that this version of the Galaxy Book should have “40 percent greater CPU performance, 80 percent greater graphics performance, and added memory bandwidth” compared to the Galaxy Book 2
The last mud against the wall didn’t stick.
So, better performance, longer battery life, a 13-inch display that makes it somewhat thinner and lighter and less expensive than the MacBook Pro it was compared to, but why not compare it to Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air?
The price is similar.
It is fanless, too, and the best feature of all is the battery life.
Apple says MacBook Air will run OK for 30 days in standby mode, but only about 12-hours or so doing anything else.
Samsung says that it will last up to 23 hours of continuous video playback — but of course actual use will get you much, much less than that.
Intel chips may have a bad rap for being power-hungry and a little behind the times, but ARM-based Windows laptops have disappointed us too many times for us to say we can trust this device’s power without testing it first.
Samsung let reviewers test out the new Galaxy Fold first. How’d that work out?
All things considered, there are parts of the Galaxy Book-whatever that I like. The only way to know if it is as good as a Mac is to test it, but Samsung doesn’t have a good record of making
iPhone killers iPad killers Watch killers Mac killers, so there’s that. ARM-based? Apple could do that to a new entry-level Mac. Touchscreen? Meh. But it is expandable to more storage and it will ship in pink.
It looks like a laptop, but it has the essence of a smartphone
Uh huh. The essence of a smartphone fits in my pocket.