Since its release in 2017, we have been seeing versions of the Samsung Galaxy Book, in some cases moving to convertible. But the essence of this product remains in the new Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), being the standard option with respect to the Pro.
It is a computer that does not exactly beat the new Galaxy Book Pro, which boasts of it, but it is not bad in this regard considering that many laptops (even 13-inch ones) are over 1.5 centimeters. It comes with 11th generation Intel processors and, depending on the model, can integrate Iris Xe or NVIDIA graphics.
Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) specifications
|Samsung Galaxy Book (2021)|
|Dimensions and Weight||356.6 x 229.1 x 15.4 millimeters|
|Screen||TFT LCD 15.6 inches|
FullHD (1,920 x 1,080 px)
|Processor||Intel Celeron / Pentium Gold|
Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 (11th gen.)
|Graphics||Intel UHD (Celeron / Pentium / i3)|
Intel Iris Xe (i5 / i7)
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 optional
|RAM||4/8/16 GB LPDDR4x|
|Storage||Up to 512GB (NMVe SSD)|
65 W charger
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home / Pro|
|Connectivity||LTE, WiFi 6, 802.11 ax 2×2|
|Ports||2 x USB type C|
2 x USB 3.2
1 x HDMI
1 x 3.5 mm jack
1 x microSD reader
1 x nanoSIM
1 x security lock
|Camera||720p HD, dual microphone|
|Others||Dolby Atmos, fingerprint reader, “Pro” keyboard|
Simplicity at its best
The new Galaxy Book stays at 15.6 inches and maintains the minimalist design that we see in its predecessors as well as in the other new products presented today. In this case, the Galaxy Book will be available in both silver and blue.
As we said, it is somewhat thin and the edge of the case is slightly thinner, talking about the one that is right on the front panel. The rear reaches the maximum thickness (15.4 millimeters) and is where the ports are inserted, seeing two USB type A and two type C, in addition to HDMI, audio jack, and card reader.
The fingerprint reader is integrated into the keyboard and we see a fairly uncluttered front, being the lower frame of the screen somewhat thicker (and taking advantage to place the logo). The front camera is in the upper frame, above the 15.6-inch TFT LCD screen with FullHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels).
The keyboard leaves about half of the chassis for a large touchpad. In addition, the dimensions allow the integration of a numeric keypad.
Options for everyone: from basic to advanced
There are several possibilities in terms of configurations, starting from the basics (the Intel Celeron) up to Intel’s 11th generation, as we highlighted in the introduction. According to this, the graphics will be:
- Intel UHD: on the Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium Gold.
- Intel Iris Xe: for Intel Core i3, i5 and i7.
- NVIDIA GeForce MX450 option.
RAM starts at 4 GB, with an option for 8 or 16 GB, and internal storage can be up to 512 GB with an NMVe SSD. The battery is 54 Wh and the supplied power adapter has a USB Type-C connection and charges at up to 65 watts, although we have not been given an approximate charging time. There is also no data on approximate battery life.
The manufacturer highlights that the new Galaxy Book allows you to wirelessly connect a mobile so that you can manage it from the computer (as long as they are on the same WiFi and it is a Samsung Galaxy), Samsung DeX style. In addition, if we have a Galaxy Tab S7 or S7 Tab+ this can be the secondary screen of the Galaxy Book.
It has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, also having a slot for a nanoSIM if you want to have an LTE connection. The webcam is 720p quality (the usual) and has a dual microphone.
Price and Availability of the Samsung Galaxy Book (2021)
The Galaxy Book has been presented globally and the price starts at $549, pending the price of the different versions.