In case you missed it, Samsung had, at the company’s developer conference in October 2019, unveiled two beautiful, premium laptops called Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion. The former is a gorgeous 2-in-1 device and the later, an equally stunning ultra lightweight laptop.

Those devices are tipped to cost somewhere in the region of $1,000-1,400. Pricey by today’s laptop standards, but not all hope is lost for those wanting a beautiful, powerful machine and yet won’t break the bank because, there’s the Samsung Book Galaxy Flex α (alpha) which cost around $829.99.

Before we dive into the specs and whatnot of the gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Flex α, here are specs for the Galaxy Book Flex and Ion:

 
Galaxy Book Flex 13
Galaxy Book Flex 15
Dimensions
302.6 x 202.9 x 12.9 mm
355.0 x 227.2 x 14.9 mm
Weight
1.15 kg (2.54 lbs)
1.52 kg / 1.57 kg (Discrete graphics model)
(3.35 lbs/3.46 lbs)
Display
13.3" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
15.6" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU
10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Ice Lake)
10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Ice Lake)
Graphics
Intel® Iris Plus Graphics or Intel®UHD Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 Graphics with GDDR5 2 GB Graphic Memory / Intel® Iris Plus Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
Memory
Up to 16GB (LPDDR4x)
Up to 16GB (LPDDR4x)
Storage
Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
WLAN
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2x2
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2x2
Camera/Mic
720p HD / Dual Array Mic
720p HD / Dual Array Mic
Audio
AKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
AKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
Security
Fingerprint
Fingerprint
S-Pen
Built-in S-Pen
Built-in S-Pen
Keyboard
Backlit
Backlit
Battery
69.7 Wh (Typical)
69.7 Wh (Typical)
Ports
Thunderbolt™ 3 (2) | USB-C | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic
Thunderbolt™ 3 (2) | USB-C | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic
 
Galaxy Book Ion 13
Galaxy Book Ion 15
Dimensions
305.7 x 199.8 x 12.9 mm
356.1 x 228.0 x 14.9 mm
Weight
0.97 kg (2.14 lbs)
1.19 kg / 1.26 kg (Discrete graphics model)
(2.62 lbs/2.78 lbs)
Display
13.3" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
15.6" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU
10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Comet Lake)
10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor (Comet Lake)
Graphics
Intel® UHD Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 Graphics with GDDR5 2 GB Graphic Memory / Intel® UHD Graphics
Memory
Up to 16GB (DDR4)
Up to 16GB (DDR4) + 1 Sodimm
Storage
Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe) + 1 SSD expandable slot
WLAN
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2x2
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2x2
Camera/Mic
720p HD / Dual Array Mic
720p HD / Dual Array Mic
Audio
AKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
AKG Stereo Speakers with Smart Amp
Security
Fingerprint
Fingerprint
S-Pen
Built-in S-Pen
Built-in S-Pen
Keyboard
Backlit
Backlit
Battery
69.7 Wh (Typical)
69.7 Wh (Typical)
Ports
Thunderbolt™ 3 | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic
Thunderbolt™ 3 | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | UFS/MicroSD Combo | HP/Mic

And now, here’s the specs for the Galaxy Book Flex α:

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Galaxy Book Flex 13" α
Dimensions
304.9 x 202.0 x 13.9 mm
Weight
1.19 kg (2.62 lbs)
Display
13.3" QLED FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
CPU
10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
Graphics
Intel® UHD Graphics
Memory
8 GB / 16 GB DDR4
Storage
256 GB / 512 GB / Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe)
WLAN
Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2x2
Camera/Mic
720p HD / Dual Array Digital Mic
Audio
Stereo Speakers (1.5 W x 2)
Security
Fingerprint
Pen
Active Pen (sold separately)
Keyboard
Backlit
Battery
54 Wh (Typical)
Ports
USB-C | USB 3.0 (2) | HDMI | MicroSD | 3.5 mm HP/Mic
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α (alpha)
Galaxy Book Flex α

As you can see here, there are a few trade offs in return for a more affordable price tag. The “lesser” Flex is missing the Thunderbolt 3 ports, has less RAM and storage, lower capacity battery and the lack of built-in S-Pen which it also supports.

Other than those, it pretty much has the same performance and to which, it is a no brainer option for anyone who do not want to splurge a grand for a laptop. It is nice that Samsung retained the QLED display on the “affordable” Galaxy Book Flex (which, not going to lie, I was not expecting it to happen).

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex and Ion are supposed to land sometime this month while the Galaxy Book Flex α will arrive in the first half of 2020 for the aforementioned starting price of $829.99.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex α (alpha)
Galaxy Book Flex α

All images courtesy of Samsung.

Published by Mike chua

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.