Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE Review with 5G Connectivity. Samsung Galaxy book go lte

Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE Review with 5G Connectivity

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A powerful computer at home and an ultrabook to work on the go: We tested the new Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE precisely for this purpose. Samsung’s entry-level model is priced at 530 USD. The highlight of the 14-inch laptop: We have Windows 10 on ARM, i.e., a snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform processor, which should work much more efficiently. Perfect for a portable ultrabook – actually. Has a good approach been messed up in Samsung-style?

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With the cheaper mid-range smartphones from the manufacturer, a slow processor is “often” a core problem. With the Samsung Galaxy Book Go, it’s the main memory: 4GB is too little for Windows 10. And there is no option to order a larger memory version; we don’t even have to talk about upgrading.

We have now messed up the voltage curve of the following review. But let’s take a look at how the Ultrabook with Snapdragon performs in practice, how good the hardware and equipment are and what tasks you can trust the Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE to do.

Pros and Cons

Good battery life No multitasking possible
Good touchpad and keyboard Made entirely of plastic
Wi-Fi, LTE, and Bluetooth Many programs do not work (Win10-ARM)
Many ports (Thunderbolt 4)

Samsung comes with a brown box, and there are only the bare essentials besides the Samsung Galaxy Book Go. A bit of paper from Samsung (quick guide, warning notices), the power supply with up to 25 watts and an approx. 1.2m long USB-C cable.

General Info

Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE
Brand Samsung
Model Galaxy Book Go LTE
Released 3rd June 2021
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno GPU
OS Windows 10 Home / Pro
Weight 1.38 kg
Display 14-inch TFT FHD (1920 x 1080)
Dimensions 323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9mm
Type Laptop
Color Silver

Windows laptops with Snapdragon still maintain a niche existence, and Intel / AMD processors make up the majority. But efficient ultrabooks are in demand: at least since Apple’s M1 processor, the pressure on the Windows group has been growing. Corresponding Windows models are already available, but they are also expensive. The ARM structure is much more efficient than x86. In addition, passive cooling without a fan is sufficient.

A variant of the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Book S with an Intel Core i5 and one with Snapdragon 8cx. Here the ARM variant is almost on par in terms of performance but 40 to 50% better in battery life. The advantages of ARM and Snapdragon are quickly summarized: Always connected to the Internet, ready to use when switched on, and much more efficient with long battery life.

The advantages of ARM and Snapdragon are quickly summarized: Always connected to the Internet, ready to use when switched on, and much more efficient with long battery life.


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samsung, galaxy, book, review, connectivity

When folded, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go measures 323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9 millimeters and weighs 1.38 kilograms. You don’t get the feeling that the ultrabook is composed of several components, and of course, it keeps the price low. The device yields a little, and with two hands, it also allows twisting. This does not affect the stability, and the device is absolutely portable. Less than 1.4kg is good for a 14-inch laptop. The design is solid overall. There are gaps, especially at the hinge, but they are not disruptive.

There are four rubber feet on the underside so that the notebook stands securely on a table. There is a small gap to open the hinge, but you can only open the Samsung notebook with one hand with a little “wiggle.” The two speakers are also located on the left and right below. If you use the Galaxy Book Go on your lap, it can happen that you accidentally cover it.

Only classic silver is available as a color. The mix with the black matte (thick) frame around the display and keyboard is pretty boring in and of itself. On the back, we still have the shiny “Samsung” lettering. There have already been fancier and higher quality laptops – “functional but solid” is the closest thing to the Samsung Galaxy Book.


Display Type IPS
Display Size 14-inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dimension 323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9mm

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The LCD panel measures 14 inches diagonally in 16: 9 format. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels / Full HD, sufficient for a pixel density of 157 PPI. The refresh rate is 60 hertz.

The panel has a matt surface / “anti-glare.” The picture is not as strong as with glossy panels, but you are not disturbed by reflections. This means that the screen brightness can be set a little lower. With the maximum brightness, the maximum brightness is still required for a decent picture outdoors. We measured a maximum of 280 cd / m² and minimum brightness of 2cd / m² with the Samsung Galaxy book.

The illumination is even enough so far. We have 240 cd / m² in three corners, 260 cd / m² only at the bottom left, and towards the center, it becomes brighter up to maximum brightness. However, you can also discover small halos (darker areas) in all four corners with a completely white image.

The hinge of the Samsung Galaxy book can be opened up to 180 ° and thus “flattened.” Small detail: a couple of rubber studs are even attached so that the Galaxy book go lies flat and the hinge cannot bend. However, it is noticeable that the viewing angle stability is no longer so good from approx. 45 and the picture becomes dark. However, we don’t have a touch display.

Of course, we don’t have an OLED panel here, and neither do we have a higher resolution or refresh rate. It would not be compatible with the hardware performance of the Galaxy book go LTE. The built-in LCD panel is absolutely functional but also good for the price! You don’t really expect more at a price, and the colors, contrast, and resolution are okay.

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The best hardware is of no use if typing becomes cramped. The Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE leaves it with a simple keyboard and touchpad but uses solid components.

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The trackpad measures 120 x 75mm and offers enough space for navigation and gestures. The surface is made of plastic. You can tell the difference to glass, but it still glides comfortably over it. Windows recognize the touchpad as a “precision touchpad,” The normal swiping gestures with two or more fingers are implemented without any problems. Unfortunately, not quite as smooth when the RAM is (again) full.

You can bend the keyboard a bit in the middle of the keyboard, which is not an issue with plastic and the price range. You have to get used to the large 3.5mm distance between the individual keys. The individual letter keys measure 16 x 16mm.

There is no keyboard backlight. The power button is located separately at the top right.


Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno GPU
Storage 64GB, 128GB (eUFS)

Qualcomm provides computing power or “computing efficiency” with the Snapdragon 7c Generation 2. Incidentally, Gen 2 hardly differs from the Snapdragon 7c from 2019. The Octa-Core is manufactured in the 8nm process and uses two ARMs.Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.55 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores. The Adreno 618 GPU is integrated as the graphics chip and the Hexagon 692 as the NPU.

The synthetic benchmarks already show a problem: PCMark 10 and 3DMark are not compatible with ARM. In Geekbench 5, the Snapdragon 7c Gen2 is roughly on par with an Intel N4120 or Celeron J5125, but fortunately above the long-established N3350.

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The Samsung Galaxy Book Go always comes with 4GB LPDDR4x memory (dual-channel) and 128GB eUFS storage space. In the benchmark, the eUFS memory achieved a read/write speed of 458/185 MB / s.

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The Snapdragon 7c (Generation 2) is designed as an entry-level processor for inexpensive Windows notebooks. The Snapdragon 8c can compete with an Intel Core i5 in terms of performance. How the construct of Snapdragon 7c Gen2, low 4GB RAM, and Windows 10 performs in practice, more on that in a moment.

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The Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE is delivered with Windows 10 Home (64 bit) and can be set up in German directly after unpacking. Windows 10 for ARM, the “special” version for Ultrabooks with Snapdragon processors, is used. Here you can find your way around as normal because you don’t see any differences in practice.

All programs of the x86 architecture are not supported on Windows 10 ARM. Existing x86 Win32 apps can, for example, simply be emulated by the system and run “without you noticing” ( Microsoft writes itself ). The Windows “Compatibility Troubleshooter” can also help. Or an ARM version of the corresponding program/app is already available. Many programs/services also offer a web version (runs in the Internet browser). So you have to check beforehand which programs are compatible with “Windows ARM” and whether the Galaxy Book Go offers enough performance at all.

Snapdragon with Windows works well together! Of course, we don’t have a powerhouse with the Snapdragon 7c or the Snapdragon 8c, but they work all the more efficiently, and you are happy about the long battery life.


Webcam Above the display
Webcam resolution 720p
Audio 720p HD / Digital Mic
Network LTE, 17 Wi-Fi 5, 18 802.11 ac 2×2,
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.1
Ports USB Type-C (2), USB 2.0 (1), 3.5pi Headphone/Mic,MicroSD, Nano-SIM, 23 Nano Security slot
Keyboard Numpad No

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samsung, galaxy, book, review, connectivity

A few ports can be accommodated on the 14-inch notebook, and the latest connection standards are also installed under the hood. We have installed the following connections on the Samsung Galaxy Book Go:

  • Left: USB-C 3.2 for charging with a multi-colored status LED next to it – data transfer is also possible.
  • 3.5mm jack connection (4-pin) for headphones or a headset with a microphone
  • MicroSD card slot to read memory cards or to permanently expand the storage space of the Galaxy Book Go
  • Right: Slot for the NanoSIM card for cell phone reception while on the move
  • USB-C Thunderbolt 4 with all functions of the USB-C 3.2 port, also suitable for charging or connecting external displays
  • USB-A 2.0
  • Kensington lock as a short-term security option with a lock

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The webcam only has a resolution of 720p, which is sufficient for video telephony, and the quality is also useful. The thick frame around the panel also has a positive aspect: you don’t have to do without the front camera. It simply finds its place in the original position at the top in the middle. The frame measures 13mm at the top, 23mm at the bottom, and 7mm on the left and right.

The integrated microphone also does a solid job but tends to distort voices slightly in the test when speaking a little louder. We have two drivers on speakers with 2 watts each for stereo sound and optimization using Dolby Atmos. There is really no sound volume with videos and music. For a YouTube video in between, a volume of 20% is sufficient, and the sound is well coordinated.

The Samsung Galaxy Book connects to local networks via Wi-Fi 5 (2.4 and 5.0 GHz, WPA3 support). The range is solid. The Huawei Matebook X Pro was no better here. Wi-Fi 6 would, of course, have been the icing on the cake, but you can do without that in this price range. You can also use the Internet without Wi-Fi or a hotspot on the go. As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go supports cellular reception. The following LTE frequencies are supported:

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A 5G version of the Galaxy Book Go roaming around the network, but the X15 modem integrated into the Snapdragon chip only supports 4G LTE (Down Cat 12 / Up Cat 13).

The Galaxy Book Go connects to other devices via Bluetooth 5.1. Thanks to the Snapdragon CPU, audio is even transmitted with AptX. Even GPS is on board and supports the services of GPS, Glonass, Galileo, and Beidou.

There is also the “Always On Feature” thanks to the Snapdragon chip. It doesn’t make that much sense with an ultrabook: The Galaxy Book Go can stay online via Wi-Fi or LTE if desired, but you don’t get any notifications when the display is closed.


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Battery Type 6-Cell
Battery capacity 42.3Wh (Typical 21 )
AC Adapter 25W USB Type-C Fast Charger

But now we come to the pleasant aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Book Go LTE, which can also be traced back to the Snapdragon 7c 2nd gen. Samsung installs a battery with a capacity of 42.3 Wh, which is in the middle range. Nevertheless, working for more than 9 hours with moderate display brightness is absolutely no problem in practice. A brighter picture is needed outdoors, and the runtime is more like 6 to 7 hours.

For comparison: The Huawei Matebook X Pro, has a 56 watt-hour battery and is closer to 8 hours. Sure, it also has a high-resolution display and significantly more power.

The charging option via USB-C is also successful. So you can either use the included power supply with 25 watts or other power supplies or power banks with power delivery and then even with up to 33 watts. Both USB-C ports can be used equally for charging; they do not differ in charging performance.

The original power adapter, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go, charges from 0 to 100% in 130 minutes. Between 20 and 80%, 20% reloading is also possible in 15 minutes. If you use a more powerful power supply instead, the battery is fully charged in an hour and 50 minutes.


It should just be 8GB of RAM and that Samsung at least doesn’t offer this as an option.

In the lower price range for laptops and ultrabooks, you always have a certain basic price for the case, display, input devices, and basic equipment. The built-in hardware for the computing power then determines the price. This is also the case with the Galaxy Book Go: You get what you pay for plus long battery life. Especially the laptops with Intel Celeron, whether N3350 or N4450, are not faster but offer significantly less battery life.

Accordingly, one can only give a minimal purchase recommendation for Samsung Windows on ARM laptops. The Snapdragon is not a cheap and powerful arithmetic weapon. In addition, you can hardly use more than two programs at the same time during operation, and you are still limited to the ARM-compatible programs.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go Review: A Very Different Laptop!

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The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is a product that I find to be really exciting because it is a very different device from the traditional laptops, and if you have a use case for it, it can work better than the more expensive laptops for you.

It starts at 38,990 Rs. in India, but you can also get an instant bank discount of 3000 Rs., so for just 36,000 Rs., you are getting a very usable laptop with some unique qualities.

This is an ARM based laptop that doesn’t have a traditional x86 CPU, which offers some really nice advantages but we will also talk about its limitations, because it kind of shares its DNA more with a smartphone than a laptop.

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The Galaxy Book Go looks quite sleek, and it looks more expensive than it actually is because of its aluminium finish, even though it is made completely of plastic. The build quality is decent, and even though there is some flex in its plastic body, it has passed some military standard testing, and it also has a spill resistant keyboard, which is nice to see.

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It is a thin and light device at 1.38 kg weight, and 14.9 millimetres thickness, so you can easily take it anywhere, and portability is a very important factor for me these days, because it just makes me want to use the device more.


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The keyboard is surprisingly good on the Galaxy Book Go, even though we don’t have a lot of travel on the keys because of its thickness, the keys feel tactile, and I didn’t have any issues with typing my scripts on this keyboard.

The touchpad we have here is also kind of large, it tracks your fingers nicely and all the Windows 11 gestures and palm rejection works well on this.


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samsung, galaxy, book, review, connectivity

On the left side of the device, we have a USB C Port, a combined audio and mic jack, along with a Micro SD Card reader, and on the right, you will find a USB C port that supports displayport out, along with a USB A 2.0 port, and a Kensington lock.


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The Galaxy Book Go has a 14 inch Full HD display. It looks quite sharp at this size, but this is a TN panel, so you will have to keep it at a proper angle, otherwise its colors and contrast can shift. When you are looking at the panel straight up, it looks quite decent, and you can enjoy watching video content.

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The lid of the laptop does go all the way back, which is kind of rare to see on devices of this class, though you do have to make use of your both hands to open it.


The Galaxy Book Go has only one storage variant available in India, which is a 128 GB model with 4 GB of RAM, and while the storage is decently fast and it makes it boot up quickly, 128 GB is not a lot of storage, so you have the option of expanding this by using a Micro SD Card.

Windows ON ARM

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Now this is an ARM based device, which means that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Processor, instead of something from Intel or AMD, so even though this comes with Windows 11 64 bit, it is running something called Windows on ARM, which is the ARM specific version of Windows that can still run most things.

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The great thing about this processor is that this makes it an always on device, which means that the power button on it works like the power button on your smartphone, so just make it go into a standby mode instead of shutting down, and when you want to resume, you can just get back to your work instantly.

Now I’ve had laptops with very fast SSDs that boot into seconds, but an always-on device is faster and more efficient than that, and this makes it really amazing for using it in college or other places where your work requires constant pausing and resuming.


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Having an ARM based processor means that this laptop doesn’t require a fan for cooling, and I really like this design a lot because you don’t have to worry about dust and fan noise, and if you use your laptop in your lap, the heat can actually affect the quality of your sperms by heating up your testicles, so keeping things cool can be useful in the long term.

The performance on the Galaxy Book Go is good for everyday tasks but you can make it better with some tweaks, for example, just disabling transparency effects improves performance noticeably.

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Windows 11 is actually kind of a heavy OS for a device with 4GB of RAM, so you will find the RAM usage to be mostly over 80%, even when you just have one tab open in a browser, and opening multiple programs will mean that you are in the high 90% of RAM usage.

This doesn’t create many issues in practice, but if you have lots of tabs open, you may see them getting refreshed when switching back to them, and you will have to be mindful about opening many heavy apps.


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Another very important concern I had for this laptop is its ability to run x86 apps, because its CPU has a different architecture, but it is able to do that well, and even though you will find native ARM64 apps to perform better, most of the regular 32 and even 64 bits apps will run on this laptop with emulation.

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I tried testing this with a variety of programs, the emulation does seem to work quite well. I was able to run GIMP on this without issues, and I think that Adobe apps like Photoshop and Lightroom are also supported. It was also able to run the 64 bit version of VLC without issues, and it even ran the Cinebench Benchmark, and it already comes installed with Microsoft Office Home Student.

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Then I tried to install some games on it, and it was able to run Dead Cells properly, and I also tried Counter Strike, but it only worked in software mode with choppy framerates.

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Again, the fact that these programs even ran is a big deal, and this should make you confident about being able to run whatever you want on this.

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One area where you may run into issues is with drivers, because hardware that doesn’t have drivers for Arm64 may not work with this. I tried using an old printer, and even tried installing drivers manually, but it didn’t work. There may be a way to make printers without ARM64 drivers work, but I haven’t yet been able to figure that out.

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Regular plug and play stuff like mice and keyboards, and wireless hardware will mostly work, but you will just have to keep the hardware compatibility in mind (text: I also failed to make it detect a webcam). Installing Linux and other OSes also seems to be a bit tricky on this.


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But a big advantage of having an arm processor is that it has a TDP of just 7 watts, so you can expect really great battery life from these devices. Samsung has claimed 18 hours of battery life on video playback, and I tested that by playing a 4K video on loop, which is more resource intensive, and I was able to get around 14 hours of run time on 50% brightness on the screen, so you should be able to reach close to the 18 hour figure, especially while doing regular everyday work.

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This is on a different level when you compare it with other x86 based laptops, and it is just so nice to have the confidence to take this anywhere you want without its charger, even though the one that comes in the box is a compact 25 watt fast charger which this laptop supports, and you can of course just charge it with any mobile charger with the USB C ports on both sides.


The onboard speakers we have here also sound quite good, and even though they of course lack bass, they are very usable for watching video content. I don’t know how this works, but even though these speakers are down firing, it also sounds like the sound is coming out from the top of the laptop


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We also have a 720p webcam here, and this is what it looks and sounds like. It can look quite good actually, but you will require a lot of light for that, though one thing I like about this is that the microphone on it sounds really nice.


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samsung, galaxy, book, review, connectivity

Samsung also has some Samsung specific features on this, so you can use one of their tablets like a second monitor to extend the screen, and you can link this easily to their phones and their earbuds, and this is of course also possible with non Samsung devices but it won’t feel as Samsungy.


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So overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book Go can be a really amazing device for you, but you will have to ensure that you are okay with some of its limitations. If you have a use case for it, it can work better than more expensive laptops for you, so for example I will be taking this to my college after this review is done, because it is just a perfect device for that kind of use case because of its long battery life, and it’s always on design, and I’ll also use it a lot as a secondary device to write scripts, because most people don’t really need a super powerful device for their work.

At its effective price of 36,000 Rs., you can find other x86 laptops that offer similar or better specs, but again, I really think that having an ARM based laptop has advantages if you know what your use case is, and the other laptops won’t be as slim and light, or have a fanless design which I also really prefer having in a device.

The only thing that bothered me a little is the TN panel screen, but the rest of the hardware is quite good, and I am really glad that the keyboard and trackpad work well on this.

Samsung Galaxy Book S review: A sleek laptop with mobile smarts

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The Samsung Galaxy Book S tries out the Windows on Arm initiative with its Snapdragon 8cx processor. Is it any good?

Samsung Galaxy Book S

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a Windows on Arm laptop with mobile smarts. Leaning on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, Samsung offers 4G LTE, all-day battery life, and a fanless design. It’s an ideal stylish companion for those who always need to be online.

What we like

Exquisite ultra-slim design

MicroSD slot for extra storage

What we don’t like

Thin keyboard doesn’t have the best feel

Native Arm app support remains hit and miss

Samsung Galaxy Book S

The Samsung Galaxy Book S is a Windows on Arm laptop with mobile smarts. Leaning on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor, Samsung offers 4G LTE, all-day battery life, and a fanless design. It’s an ideal stylish companion for those who always need to be online.

This device is no longer widely available. The Samsung Galaxy Book S is now unavailable to buy from most retailers. If you are looking for an alternative device, check out our list of the best laptops you can buy.

If you ask this pundit, connected PCs are the future of the laptop market. Windows on Arm is the leading project in the space, and continues to evolve following several years of private and public development. Samsung has clearly deemed it good enough for its new Galaxy Book S, replacing last generation’s Intel CPU for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chipset.

Samsung’s pitch promises multi-day battery life, an always-on 4G LTE connection, and a premium thin-and-light design. It’s a similar premise to Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, but with a slightly lower 999 price point and fixed keyboard. So let’s find out if Samsung cut any corners.

About this Samsung Galaxy Book S review: I reviewed the Galaxy Book S over the course of a week while using it as my primary work device. We installed a critical Windows update to address connectivity issues immediately. Qualcomm and Samsung provided the review unit to Android Authority.

Samsung Galaxy Book S review: Who is it for?

Qualcomm and Samsung made it quite clear during our briefing that they envision the Galaxy Book S being used predominantly for work productivity scenarios, web browsing, social media, and watching video. In other words, we’re not looking at a product that focuses on photo or video editing, nor 3D graphic design. This strikes me as an attempt to head off criticism that was leveled at the Surface Pro X by some outlets, rather unfairly I might add.

The Samsung Galaxy Book S isn’t targeting absolute top-of-the-line laptop performance. Arm-based processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx in the Galaxy Book S aren’t quite at that level and they can’t run x64 Windows apps yet, either. That’s still in the pipeline for 2021. Instead, the FOCUS is on the ability to work from anywhere, with a day or more of battery life and a constant connection to the internet. Based on my experience, this is certainly the best fit for the Galaxy Book S.

On its own, the retail price of 999 might seem a little steep. That feels even more pertinent when you consider that cheaper Chromebooks can perform many of the same duties, albeit without Microsoft Office and other productivity apps. 4G LTE connectivity isn’t cheap, either, but you’re also buying a laptop with a premium design. The Samsung Galaxy Book S is clearly built with the mobile professional in mind.

Design elegance

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The Samsung Galaxy Book S is light at just 960g (2.1lbs), thanks to its aluminum chassis. It’s also thin at just 11.8mm at its thickest and 6.2mm at its thinnest. The build quality is simply exceptional. You’ll find two USB-C ports, one on either side, with both supporting USB Power Delivery fast charging. A headphone jack is located on the left edge if you’re not yet on the Bluetooth train. The SIM tray is tucked on the underside, and two little microphone slits are positioned just above the keyboard.

The 13.3-inch TFT LCD display is very nice and I have no complaints about its 1,920 by 1,080 resolution at this size. Colors look great and you can leave the display brightness up quite high without having to worry about battery life. This helps a bit, as glare can be an issue on this display, though it’s nothing close to a deal-breaker.

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The highly efficient nature of its processor means the Galaxy Book S doesn’t require any fans. The laptop runs completely silent and never gets warm on your lap; the Arm-based processor definitely has its upsides here.

Samsung did a very good job with the speakers, especially given how thin the Galaxy Book S is. The speakers sit below the keyboard on either side of the laptop. They’re tuned by AKG and come through crisp and clear, with plenty of volume.

There’s no Microsoft Hello face unlock feature here, which you’ll find on the Surface Pro X and other two-in-ones. Samsung opted for a fast fingerprint scanner in the power button that’s a perfectly fine alternative.

I’m suitably impressed by the hardware package Samsung put together with the Galaxy Book S. It goes a long way towards justifying the laptop’s 999 price tag on its own.

What is it like to use the Galaxy Book S?

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If you’re a regular Windows 10 user, you’ll know what to expect from the Cortana assistant, Microsoft Store, OneDrive, and Office package the laptop ships with. Everything you need from a modern workhorse is available. Microsoft improved its Your Phone app, which allows for deeper integration with your Android handset’s calls, messages, and music.

My work takes place entirely online, so a decent web browser is a must. There’s still no native Arm version of Google Chrome, but Firefox has an Arm version up and running. What I’m more perplexed with is why the laptop ships with the legacy Edge browser rather than the far superior Edge Chromium. (Not that it’s too much of a hassle to install yourself, but still.)

Using the Samsung Galaxy Book S for work was a superb experience. Office ran on the Book S as well as any other machine I can remember. You’ll find a few native Arm apps on the Microsoft Store, such as. Netflix, and VLC, but even some apps that are compiled for x86 work well. This list includes Slack, Skype, GIMP, and Spotify for some downtime streaming. Although finding x86 versions can sometimes be a bit tricky outside the confines of the Microsoft Store.

Perhaps the best thing about working on the Galaxy Book S? Battery life easily lasts a full working day, if not two. I typically clocked around 10 to 12 hours of screen-on time from a single charge.

The 4G LTE networking option is more convenient than tethering while working on the go, and certainly better for battery life. Even so I didn’t find it a much of game-changer. There’s no eSIM support, but the laptop is unlocked so I dropped in an EE SIM, registered, and was up and running in just a couple of minutes. Your mileage will vary here depending on how much you’re prepared to pay your carrier for the convenience (and what 4G LTE speeds are like in your area.) Even the 8Mbps EE connection in my rural area was passable enough for most of my work needs, but you’d want a faster connection to stream high-resolution video.

My one small gripe about the Galaxy Book S is the keyboard. It’s certainly not bad to use, but its shallow nature leaves you with little feedback with each stroke. The trackpad mouse clicks have a similar niggle, but the large size of the pad makes up for it.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book S is a joy to use for its intended purpose. Web browsing and mobile working are great. Just don’t try to run highly demanding x64 applications or high-end games. Different products are aimed at those users.

Laptop performance on Snapdragon

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The Snapdragon 8cx marked Qualcomm’s big move into the laptop space, sporting beefed up CPU and GPU capabilities to push beyond the confines of smartphone performance, while retaining the integrated networking, machine learning, and imaging benefits for which Qualcomm is known. The 8cx handles day-to-day tasks as well as any other laptop processor in this tier.

Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 8cx performs on par with the mid-range, quad-core Intel i5-1035G4 in the PCMark 10 benchmark, but with lower thermals and longer battery life. However, realizing the chip’s full performance depends whether you running apps compiled for Windows on Arm or x86, with the former being much more optimized.

Native Arm application maybe be spotty but this isn’t a do-over of the miserable Windows RT days, with limited app support and a substantially cut down experience. Despite running on an Arm processor, the Samsung Galaxy Book S provides the full Windows 10 Home experience via excellent x86 emulation. Microsoft’s full Office suite runs flawlessly, as do image editing applications like GIMP. This elevates the app experience over Google’s Chromebook platform, which relies on wrangling Android apps to go beyond web apps.

There are also the added benefits of the Snapdragon 8cx platform that you won’t find with competing processors. These including machine learning and signal processing capabilities, enhanced crypto-security, GPS location data, aptX Bluetooth audio support, and even low-power voice wake for Cortana. These are less tangible than software, but ensure you’re covered for a wide range of eventualities.

The bottom line is that the Samsung Galaxy Book S and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC offer plenty of performance for its target market while also providing pretty much every integrated feature you could want. Windows on Arm is not quite the complete Microsoft experience, but it caters to 99% of the most common use cases.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Go 4G/LTE 14″. Silver. Grade A

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Grade A Returned Device
Looking for your next phone or tablet, but want to make your money go further? Try one of our Grade A devices and you’ll find amazing deals on some of the latest and greatest devices.

All our Grade A devices are items that have been returned to us within the standard 14 day cooling off period, simply because customers have changed their minds. Their condition is so great that you probably wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from brand new ones. The device has never been in for a repair for a known fault and are subjected to rigorous cosmetic and functionality control tests before we sell them.

  • Can be used on any network
  • minimum 12 months manufacturer warranty
  • Excellent condition, showing up to minimal signs of wear which includes, but not limited to, small/fine scratches and marks.
  • Sealed, original packaging
  • Includes all accessories

Incredibly compact for enhanced portability
Galaxy Book Go fits a massive 14-inch screen on a compact design that slips into your bag, and delivers immersive visual and audio with Dolby Atmos sound. Slim yet sturdy, the durable silver build comes complete with a 180-degree hinge — ready to go where life takes you.

power for the ultimate mobility
Galaxy Book Go delivers up to 18 hours of video playback — so you can go to class, get work done and binge-watch your favourite shows. When the long-lasting battery needs a boost, you can use the universal USB Type-C adapter that charges your Samsung devices for power-up.

LTE lets you stay connected
Leave the Wi-Fi and stay connected with LTE, the true wireless experience. Its fast, reliable speeds let you download your favourite movies, stream video games and share photos without being tied down.

Easy Bluetooth connection
Pairing between Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Buds is easier than ever. Simply open the case near your laptop, and you’re ready to go. No hassle.

The always-on experience with the responsive performance you need
Powered by the new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform, Galaxy Book Go delivers smartphone experiences on your PC with instant-on performance and the ability to seamlessly switch between trusted Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity so you’re securely connected.

Ample ports to keep you mobile
Galaxy Book Go has a variety of ports so you can effortlessly connect and get things done. Choose from the USB Type-C ports, USB 2.0 port, micro SD slot, SIM slot, security slot and headphone jack to transfer files and photos or hook up to other devices.


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