Samsung had a busy day announcing its new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 + smartphones. We have also discussed the company’s expanded partnership with Microsoft, including deeper app integration. At the “Unpacked” event, Samsung also announced a new Galaxy Book S laptop.

The big talking point regarding the Galaxy Book S is that this is a Windows 10 on ARM machine. Samsung’s notebook is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx. This is a laptop that showed up back in July on GeekBench.

As with all Windows 10 on ARM laptops, the device will perform differently to a laptop such as Microsoft Surface Book. For example, it will have meaty battery life but won’t be as powerful.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book S also faces some other questions that are posed to all ARM-based PCs. Specifically, if it will be powerful enough to be a true replacement for a normal laptop. Microsoft wants to explore Windows 10 on ARM for several benefits, but so far devices build on ARM have been disappointing.

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Samsung hopes to change that with the Galaxy Book S. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx is a 7-nonometer CPU that Samsung says provides “40 percent greater CPU performance, 80 percent greater graphics performance, and added memory bandwidth” compared to the Galaxy Book 2. The benefit from ARM-based technology is battery life and Samsung says the Book S manages up to 23 hours of video playback.

“It looks like a laptop, but it has the essence of a smartphone,” Samsung’s Hassan Anjum said at Unpacked.

Specifications

Display: 13.3’’ FHD TFT (16:9) Touch: 10-point multi-touch screen
Dimensions: 305.2 x 203.2 x 6.2-11.8 mm, 0.96 kg
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx, 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.84 GHz + 1.8GHz)
RAM: Memory 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X),
Storage: 256 / 512GB+ microSD slot (up to 1TB)
Camera: 720p HD
Battery: 42Wh, up to 23 hours video playback
Other features: Gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos, Windows Hello support

The Galaxy Book S will launch in September and will start at $999.

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