This week Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a $650 starting price.

But it looks like the company may have another Snapdragon 855-powered device on the way — a Galaxy Book S that runs Windows rather than Android.

A few details began to leak last month, but it wasn’t clear at the time exactly what type of device we were looking at. Now Evan Blass has shared a few pictures of the upcoming computer that seem to suggest it’ll be a thin and light notebook rather than a tablet or 2-in-1 PC like the original Galaxy Book.

Update: The Galaxy Book S is official, and as expected it’s a Windows on ARM laptop with a Snapdragon processor. But it’ll have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip, not a Snapdragon 855 as had been reported. 

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book S appears to have a USB-C port, webcam, dual microphones, and what looks like a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. If the display portion is detachable, you wouldn’t know it from these pictures.

Leaked data from Geekbench suggests that at least one model may feature a 8GB of RAM, and an entry at the Bluetooth SIG website hints at Bluetooth 5.0 support.

While few other details are known at the moment, we may not have to wait long to find out more — Samsung is holding an Unpacked event next week, where the company is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 10 smartphone, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the company used the opportunity to unveil other new products.



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10 Comments

  1. If it’s Windows on ARM it will not be using the 855, but a variant called 8CX, made specifically for Windows on ARM. Similarly, there was no 845 Windows device, but they were called 850.

    1. Kind of like semantics/naming, it’s the same chip just allowed to clock higher.
      Pretty much what Intel does with its Y-chips clocking from the ~7W profile to the ~14W profile, or the ~14W chips clocking to the ~28W profile. Heck, even Apple does it with their A-chips in phones and tablets (non-Pro).

      But there is a noticeable difference. Take the Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset, it’s pretty slow on the tablets and Switch, but it does okay in the Shield TV without having power and thermal constraints. Same thing applies to Thick-Gaming-Laptops compared to its mITX alternatives.

      1. Not at all, it’s not naming, not just an overclocked version. It’s a different chip altogether… Both the CPU and the GPU are not the same. The CPU is Kyro 495 instead of Kyro 485 and with much more cache, and the GPU is the much more powerful Adreno 680 instead of 640. Also the ISP is superior (Spectra 390 instead of 380) and will support DX12 and 4k HDR at 120FPS.
        So it’s a different beast that is better suited for laptops and should be able to compete with Intel quad core I5 (U series)

        1. What is the difference between a Kryo 485 and Kryo 495, Adreno 640 and 680, and Spectra 380 and 390 ?

          I want to know the specs and not names attached to it by Qualcomm. Like core types, numbers, frequency, etc etc.

        2. Nope, try again.
          It’s just marketing jargon, it’s not helpful. The comparisons they’ve drawn up are in reference to the QSD 835, which is the first-generation laptop SoC from Qualcomm.

          I’m not saying the QSD 8CX is not fast, I’m doubting that it is a completely different SoC than say the QSD 855. Companies have pulled this stunt on consumers countless times, and it is not out-of-character for Qualcomm to do the same thing. There’s a reason why Qualcomm hasn’t compared it to the 855 or 855 Plus, and its either nefarious or incompetence.

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