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Technology Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Ion laptops first with QLED displays, wireless charging touchpads

20:30  29 october  2019
20:30  29 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion feature the world’s first QLED Display on a laptop , offering a vivid, true-to-life viewing experience. Outdoor Mode, enabled by a maximum 600-nit display capability, ensures every detail is clear even when you’re working in the bright sunlight. Both devices make it easy to go cordless thanks to long-lasting batteries and power-conserving displays . Samsung ’s best-in-class Wireless PowerShare can also charge any of your Qi-compatible smartphones, Galaxy Buds or wearables with your laptop ’s touchpad .

Galaxy Book Flex . Each member of the New Galaxy Computing family comes equipped with premium features that ensure you don’t miss a beat, no matter where you are: powerful hardware, beautiful design, cutting-edge mobile innovations, and stunning displays that can provide an immersive, cinematic experience from the comfort of your home. Each Galaxy Book shines in its own way, with some sporting a stunning QLED display capable of producing over a billion different colors. Others offer the latest battery innovations like Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to charge your mobile

Samsung's done with 2019 -- at least as far as its laptop lineup is concerned. While we're still waiting on the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Book S to arrive (Samsung says it's coming soon), the company announced its first two laptops coming in 2020: the two-in-one Galaxy Book Flex and clamshell Galaxy Book Ion.

a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: The Flex is Samsung's 2020 flagship premium two-in-one. Joshua Goldman/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Flex is Samsung's 2020 flagship premium two-in-one. Joshua Goldman/CNET

Both available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch sizes, the Flex and Ion will be the world's first laptops to use Samsung's QLED displays in 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. The displays on the preproduction models Samsung showed us looked amazing and they'll cover 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces and have a brightness up to 400 nits. But there will also be a setting for an Outdoor mode that pushes them up to 600 nits. And if you need more graphics power than Intel's integrated solutions, the 15-inch size will be available with entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.

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Samsung 's new Galaxy Book Ion and its 2-in- 1 convertible cousin, the Galaxy Book Flex , are the first laptops to offer screens based on Samsung 's QLED display technology. Check out our first impressions of these sleek new ultraportables. The new Galaxy Book devices still don’t have 4K screen options, but they bring plenty of other innovations, including Samsung ’s QLED display technology. It’s the first time this tech, which has long powered the company’s TVs, is available on a laptop . The new laptops also feature wireless charging built into their touchpads , a feature

The new Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex bring familiar features from Samsung ’s TV and phone lineups to the laptop for the first time, including quantum dot LED ( QLED ) screens and wireless charging . The new Galaxy Book devices still don’t have 4K screen options, but they bring plenty of other innovations, including Samsung ’s QLED display technology. It’s the first time this tech, which has long powered the company’s TVs, is available on a laptop . The new laptops also feature wireless charging built into their touchpads , a feature Samsung calls “PowerShare.”

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Both the Flex and Ion are part of Intel's Project Athena program. Running on Intel's 10th-gen processors -- Ice Lake in the Flex, Comet Lake in the Ion -- these laptops will function a bit more like phones, giving you that instant-on experience and responsiveness. They'll also have longer battery lives and have Wi-Fi 6 (Gig Plus) and Thunderbolt 3, so you get fast wireless and wired connections, too.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex, Ion laptops bring premium design, features in 2020

Also, both models will let you use their touchpads as wireless PowerShare chargers. Press a function key and it'll shutdown the pad so you can charge any Qi-enabled device on it. You clearly can't use the touchpad while you do it, but it's a nice extra to top off your battery while you're in a meeting or streaming video, or just use your laptop as a wireless charger instead of having a separate charger. Also, both the Ion and Flex have fingerprint readers in the keyboards for fast sign-ins when you're ready to work.

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Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion feature the world’s first QLED Display on a laptop , offering a vivid, true-to-life viewing experience. Outdoor Mode, enabled by a maximum 600-nit display capability, ensures every detail is clear even under bright sunlight. Both devices make it easy to go cordless thanks to long-lasting batteries and power-conserving displays . Samsung ’s industry-leading Wireless PowerShare feature[ 1 ] can also charge any of your Qi-compatible smartphones, Galaxy Buds or wearables with the laptop ’s touchpad .

Unveiled at SDC19, Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion deliver new computing experiences for enhanced productivity on-the-go. As the world’s first laptops with QLED displays , the devices offer unrivaled picture quality and a true-to-life viewing experience. Thanks to 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, their superior performance can help you get things done when you do need a Galaxy Book Flex ’s 360-degree hinge and S Pen allow users to transform the device from a laptop into a tablet instantly, while Galaxy Book Ion ’s sleek magnesium body combines style with portability in mind.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden desk: The Ion is made from magnesium and weighs less than 2.2 pounds. Joshua Goldman/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Ion is made from magnesium and weighs less than 2.2 pounds. Joshua Goldman/CNET

No pricing is available on these yet, but Samsung said the Ion is going to be more affordable than the Flex. Still, it definitely looks and feels like a premium laptop. Samsung used magnesium for the chassis so it's really light -- less than 2.2 pounds -- and has a lifting hinge design so your keyboard is at a better angle for typing, which is something we've seen before on Asus and HP laptops. It doesn't have a touch display, but that hole is filled with the Ion two-in-one.

The blue aluminum Ion comes with one of Samsung's S Pens that stores in the body so you always have it for writing or sketching on the screen. And there's support for new air gesture controls like those for its Note 10 phone and Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Ion bring some cool exclusive features to its 2020 laptop lineup

I wasn't a huge fan of the direction Samsung took its laptops at the start of 2019, and these seem like a return to form. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is good, for example, but lacks the unique charm of these 2020 models that I expect from Samsung. Do you think the Flex and Ion are worth waiting for?

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