Samsung is hinting that its next Galaxy Book Windows Laptopwhich is expected in Unpacked on February 1, will receive the Ultra treatment, similar to the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet and next galaxy s23 ultra phone. That likely means an S Pen on board, as Samsung shut down its Note family of devices to focus on the Ultra. We could also see improved cameras, as well as a sky-high price tag.
in a blog post by TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperiences (MX) Business, Samsung delves into what the evolution of Note-branded devices to Ultra means. Roh cites the camera’s performance and capabilities, then says that “Ultra means big.”
Ahead of the Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco, the company is already taking online reservations for two devices, a smartphone and a Galaxy Book, presumably a Windows laptop following the Galaxy Book 2 Pro. That laptop tops out at 15 inches, but we could see Samsung release something even bigger, perhaps to compete with Apple. best macbook pro.
This is what a Galaxy Book Ultra would be
He Macbook Pro today updated with a faster M2 Pro processor, so it would make sense for Samsung to try to regain some momentum in the weeks leading up to launch by introducing a new device. The company may be a more worthy competitor to Apple in the phone space, but its Galaxy Book 2 Pro fared well in our tests.
A better guess would be to add a pen – a Samsung-branded S Pen, of course – to the Galaxy Book Ultra. We’d also expect to see an upgrade to the camera, and since the webcam is the most important lens on a laptop, that’s the camera that should get better. We’d also expect to see a performance boost, so Intel’s latest silicon inside would be a good bet.
Samsung talks quite a bit about connectivity in its blog post, so we’d also expect a Galaxy Book Ultra to come with cellular connectivity options, perhaps even fast 5G networks. A laptop, which sits still and has a huge antenna compared to a smartphone, is a better candidate for the faster mmWave 5G, if you’ll be using your laptop in a connected area.
Of course, Samsung could simply be referring to the connectivity between the laptop and the new Galaxy S23 phones. The laptop may be able to rely entirely on the new phones for cellular connectivity, with a suite of automated software to make the connection happen when the two are in range. We hope for the latter, as 5G laptops are still a rarity.
Lots of clues but no real details
Unfortunately, the blog post gives us few real hard details or even deductible suggestions for what to expect in a new phone. We can only assume so much about a new laptop because there is no Ultra version of the Galaxy Book, and these are the features a Galaxy Book would need to match the Galaxy S22 Ultra or the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
We’ll have more information on new phones and laptops, and any new Samsung devices, on our Samsung Unpacked coverage event. We’re expecting great new cameras, great new laptops, and maybe even a few surprises to come.