Samsung’s Galaxy Book 3 gets new chips and a big display upgrade
Samsung has announced its new line of Galaxy Book3 laptops. As the name suggests, these laptops are sequels to the Galaxy Book2 devices that Samsung launched last year. The Book3 devices are visibly similar to their Book2 predecessors in many ways; the biggest major changes are to processors and displays.
The Book3 line includes 13th Gen Intel Core processors along with a new display that Samsung is calling Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. The panel is already used in the Galaxy phone line, and the “2X” simply indicates a 120Hz refresh rate. The panels will also have a 2880 x 1800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio on all models. . It’s going to be bigger and roomier than the 16:9 screens in the Galaxy Book2 range. And, naturally, it’s OLED, with all the punchy colors, wide viewing angles, fast response times and deep blacks that come with that technology.
The 16-inch Galaxy Book Pro 360 is one of the few high-end 15-inch convertibles left on the market. Picture: Samsung
Models announced today include a 14-inch and 16-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro as well as a 16-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro 360. Previous Galaxy Book lines have included non-Pro models, but none appear to have been announced yet. .
A brand new model, the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, has also been announced, although it doesn’t yet have a release date. It will be a more expensive and powerful model with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU inside, competing with Apple’s recently announced MacBook Pros. We have impressions and video footage of this device in our hands-on article.
In the past, we’ve found Galaxy Book devices to be some of the best laptops in the ultraportable category. They’re quite light and, as you’d expect from Samsung devices, they have very good screens. We expect the higher-resolution, higher-refresh displays to provide a good multimedia experience, but how the new 13th-gen processors perform will have to wait for full reviews.
The Book3 Pro will start at $1,449.99, the Book3 Pro 360 will start at $1,899.99, and the Ultra will start at $2,399.99. These models are up for pre-order now and will be available for purchase on February 17.