It’s only April and we’re already up to Samsung’s thirdof 2021. This one’s not about phones, though — it’s for the company’s lesser-known, at least in the US, Galaxy Book laptops. Today’s new models are the Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360, starting at $999. That’s its line of laptops designed for more connected operation, thin, light and intended to work with the rest of the company’s products. This year it’s highlighting seamless operation between Windows and Android.
The Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Pro models were designed in conjunction with Microsoft and Intel and bear Intel’s Evo branding for its current-gen, light and responsive laptops incorporating Thunderbolt 4, up to an 11th-gen Core i7, Wi-Fi 6E and processing optimized for conferencing. Intel says it’s the thinnest Evo design yet. Samsung claims they weigh only 2.2 pounds including the charger.
The Galaxy Book Pro is a clamshell, while the Pro 360 is (as you’d expect) a 2-in-1. Both come in 13- and 15-inch and gold, blue or bronze. Both incorporate OLED displays with Samsung’s built in low-blue-light technology. The Pro 360 supports the S-Pen, which is bundled. They have Mac OS-like Live Wallpaper that changes with the time of day. The keyboard has lower travel at 1mm, but refined scissor switches for better bounce.
Samsung claims you’ll be able to get 16 hours of work time out of the energy-denser battery and up to 8 hours on a 30 minute charge. The latter is an Evo requirement.
While they’re optimized for portability and have updated noise-cancelling mics, they still have only 720p webcams. And while the Pro 360 incorporates 5G, it won’t be coming to the US until later.
The last Galaxy Books were announced in Oct. 2019, but. The new models are shipping much sooner.
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Samsung is hosting rumors from earlier this year said Samsung plans to announce new Galaxy Book laptops in April, and maybe even Chromebooks.on Wednesday, its third so far in 2021. It’s not yet clear what the company will unveil at the virtual event, though
The invite for the event simply says “the most powerful Galaxy is coming,” hinting that Samsung won’t be introducing low-end devices. The last two Unpacked events earlier this year showcased Samsung’s Galaxy S21 flagship phones and the company’s cheaper Galaxy A smartphones.
When is the event?
The third Unpacked of the year takes place at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET).
How can I watch it?
CNET will be livestreaming the event, so you can watch it right here. Our show leading up to the event kicks off at 6:30 a.m. PT (9:30 a.m. ET) and will be hosted by Iyaz Akhtar, Bridget Carey and Scott Stein. Samsung will also be livestreaming the event on its website and on its YouTube channel.