At the same time as the Galaxy S21 smartphone generation, Samsung’s mobile division also presented its first own notebook with 5G mobile communications in the sub-6 GHz network. The Galaxy Book Flex2 5G is a 2-in-1 device with a bright touchscreen and 360-degree hinges that can be used to fold the display to the bottom. With the included S Pen, users can draw and write on the screen.
Inside the Galaxy Book Flex2 5G Processors from Intel’s 11th Core-i generation alias Tiger Lake-U up to the quad-core Core i7-1165G7 sit. In addition, there are always 16 GByte soldered LPDDR4X-SDRAM in dual-channel operation and a PCI-Express SSD with either 256 or 512 GByte capacity including pre-installed Windows 10 Home.
The 13.3-inch QLED display shows 1920 × 1080 pixels (Full HD) and lights up to 600 cd / m² – a high value for a notebook display. Samsung is not following the trend towards higher 16:10 or even 3: 2 screens.
13 megapixel camera
With an all-aluminum housing and a weight of just under 1.3 kg, the Galaxy Book Flex2 5G belongs to the premium class. The built-in battery has a capacity of almost 70 Wh and should last up to 20 hours; it is charged via the USB-C port. In addition to the typical 720p webcam above the display, Samsung has installed a second 13-megapixel camera above the keyboard. If the user folds the screen, snapshots can be taken like a tablet.
The connections are Thunderbolt 4 with USB 4 and Type-C socket, USB Type C (version number not mentioned), HDMI (version number also not mentioned), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbit / s) Type A, one audio -Combi jack and a micro SD card reader that can also handle UFS storage.
The delivery of the Galaxy Book Flex2 5G is scheduled to begin on January 28, 2021. The cheapest version with a Core i5 CPU (probably Core i5-1135G7), 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD costs 1750 euros. For an SSD that is twice as large, Samsung calls for a whopping 100 euros extra, for the Core i7-1165G7 an additional 100 euros.