The Samsung Galaxy Book S is an ultra-lightweight, 13.3-inch
clamshell notebook running Windows on ARM – think of it as a very big smartphone
because that is what it is!
We will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Book S soon, so we won’t go in detail. It follows the WoA Galaxy Book 2 hybrid tablet/detachable keyboard released mid-2019 and of course it has the latest tech.
But before you rip out and buy the Samsung Galaxy Book S,
there are a few things you need to consider.
Overview – Samsung Galaxy Book S
Windows on ARM (WoA)
WOA is Windows 10 ported to run on the latest Qualcomm SD 8cx (not Intel or AMD x86). In brief, it looks and feels like Windows but only runs Windows 32-bit programs and some of the recent 64-bit ARM ones. In theory, it has similar speeds to an Intel i5 low power version and up to 25-hour battery life, so it is perfect for
All Microsoft Office 365 productivity apps
Content viewing – Netflix
And being light – travel
Although a little expensive, it is ideal for secondary
school and uni students as a Windows alternative to an iPad and keyboard.
It is not for
64-bit x86 programs
Currently no VPN support (TAPI issues)
Limited AV support (Windows Defender only)
Heavy lifting – no math co-processor
GPU heavy games or those requiring Open CL 1.2
No Pen/stylus support
And unless your USB devices are recent their drivers
may not work