Samsung Electronics unveiled its first premium PC, the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, positioning it as a MacBook alternative for professional creative types who need to work with huge image files.
The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra will feature an unspecified 13th Gen Intel Core i7 or i9 CPU (Samsung has not provided exact information), a 16-inch 2880 x 1880 screen, and an Nvidia RTX 4070 or 4050 GPU. I’m here.
The company calls the machine a “creator” laptop. It’s the current trope in the PC industry that you won’t choke when asked to handle large files or easily run a running game after hours.
Samsung has packaged a two-month trial version of Adobe Lightroom to emphasize that it wants users to use the Galaxy Book3 Ultra to edit photos.
As well as photos, the South Korean colossus prefers those photos sent to the device from the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the latest smartphone with a 200-megapixel camera on the back. Samsung has a 6.8-inch screen, a 5000mAh battery and a CPU called “his Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy”.
Qualcomm already Detailed Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform based on Kryo CPU. Again, Samsung didn’t share details like core counts, clock speeds, or what the “for Galaxy” moniker means.
But the South Korean giant has promised enhanced connectivity between smartphones, laptops, and tablets.Images of the new S23 smartphone range provided for register Shows one of the devices that acts as a numeric keypad for the Galaxy Book.
And just in case Samsung forgets that they want Rappy to be used by photo-editing pros, the “expert RAW” software captures snaps untainted by image-processing software and transfers them to the Galaxy. I pointed out that it can be sent to Book’s powerful CPU.
This kind of integration is old news in the Apple ecosystem where the iPhone 14 Pro Max is tailored to the needs of photographers and works very well with the Mac.
Of course, Apple kits share a single OS developer. Samsung has Microsoft and Google, and Windows and Android are working together like never before.
The S23 Ultra also works great with Google Workspaces, as you can now use the S-Pen to edit on-screen notes and collaborate with people on other platforms in real time.
The S23 and S23 Plus handsets are now 6.6 inches and feature a 4,700mAh battery on the Plus and a measly 3,900mAh battery on the S23. The rear-facing camera constellation offers 50MP, 12MP and 10MP shooters, while the 12MP selfie cam includes software that allows hair, eyes, and skin to be selected as separate objects and beautify each accordingly. increase. The device also boasts an improved “Nightgraphy” feature that improves photos taken in the dark. Samsung even claims that night sky shots represent celestial bodies better, making it possible to photograph the galaxy with a Galaxy phone.
The Galaxy Book range has been upgraded to 13th Generation Intel Silicon. Some models also feature Intel’s Iris XE graphics. A convertible model, the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 flips over into a tablet.
All of the above were announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked gala. It’s a product launch bonanza staged after the company’s annual results were announced.
Samsung has provided prices for all S23 handsets in Australian dollars.
The S23 Ultra starts at AU$1,949 ($1,378) for the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model, and AU$2,649 ($1,878) for the 12GB RAM and $1TB storage model.
The S23+ starts at AU$1,649 ($1,166) for the 8GB/256GB model and tops out at AU$1,849 ($1,307) for the 8GB/512GB model.
The plain old S23 starts with an 8GB/128GB model for AU$1,349 ($954) and can also be purchased in an 8GB/256GB configuration for AU$1,449 ($1,024).
Those are numbers that place the handset on the oddly solid premium end of the smartphone market.
Samsung isn’t among the top five PC vendors, and the professional users Samsung seems to be targeting are already well served by their rivals. ®