Samsung Announces Galaxy Book Flex Ahead of CES

In a bid to steal some thunder from rival PC makers, Samsung has announced a new Galaxy Book Flex ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which begins next week in Las Vegas. It even comes with a stupid new name, the Galaxy Book Flex α, where “α” stands for “alpha.”

“We all have different routines, and we need technology that works the way we work, and with our new Galaxy computing line, we’re giving consumers the ability to choose a PC that meets their unique needs,” Samsung SVP and general manager Alanna Cotton said in a prepared statement. “Galaxy Book Flex α is a stellar new variant of the Galaxy computing line, offering many of the best design, hardware, and display features at an accessible price-point.”

The Galaxy Book Flex α is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that is powered by 10th-generation Intel Core processors, 8 or 12 (yes, 12) GB of RAM, and 256 or 512 GB of SSD storage. It weighs about 2.6 pounds, delivers a reported 17.5 hours of battery life, and provides a bright, 600-nit 13.3-inch QLED Full HD display. It is vaguely reminiscent of the Surface Book lineup from a form factor perspective, minus the silly hinge and removable display.

Galaxy Book Flex α will ship in Royal Silver in the United States in the first half of 2020, Samsung says, and it will start at about $830. You can learn more here.

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  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    02 January, 2020 - 11:25 am

    <p>What's the blue button they crammed in there to make the right Shift key impossible to use?</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      02 January, 2020 - 11:57 am

      <blockquote><a href="#508813"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a><em> </em>Bixby, maybe.</blockquote><p><br></p>

    • igor engelen

      02 January, 2020 - 1:22 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#508813"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a><em>my first thought was a fingerprint reader but there's this weird stylish 'e' symbol on the key. Intriguing ?</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

    • oasis

      Premium Member
      02 January, 2020 - 1:43 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#508813">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Fingerprint Sensor…</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    02 January, 2020 - 12:14 pm

    <p>It looks more like an HP Spectre to me. Maybe just a different color.</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    02 January, 2020 - 7:54 pm

    <p>Keyboard is a deal breaker for me. But I'm not the target market for this, despite really wanting something like this to work for me. </p><p>I'm a developer, so text editing is super important – combining page up/down and home/end, plus the odd way they've killed one of the shift keys to awkwardly place a fingerprint sensor, makes it just too different </p>

  • SenorGravy

    Premium Member
    03 January, 2020 - 11:20 am

    <p>Samsung, please stop putting the power button on the side of the laptop! I can't tell you how many times I have inadvertently turned it off while shifting it in my lap. Grrrr!!!</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      04 January, 2020 - 10:03 am

      PC makers do this on 2-in-1 because the power button could be hidden depending on the configuration of the form factor.

      You can use the Power Options control panel to change how that button works if that’s an issue.


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