Samsung announced the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, a laptop computer with 16-inch screen size, OLED resolution, 120Hz rate, an H-Series Core i7 or Core i9 processor, and an RTX 4050 or 4070 graphics card.
Samsung makes several Galaxy Book models, but this is the first one in the past few years that's really aimed at the deep-pocketed power user — the core audience for Apple's high-powered MacBook Pro 16. Pricing will start at $2,399.99 ($100 cheaper than the base MacBook Pro 16), with a release date yet to be announced.
Like its siblings in the Galaxy Book 3 series, it'll get a 2880 x 1800 120Hz 16:10 OLED display (a welcome change from the 16:9 screens that graced last year's Galaxy Book 2) that's rated at 400 nits. brightness.
Using the device, reviewers said, felt almost identical to using any clone of the Samsung Galaxy Book, with a keyboard with satisfying clicks, a smooth surface, and a high-quality build and compact body. Measuring 0.65 inches thick and weighing 1.7 kilos, the Ultra is just a bit thinner and lighter than the 16-inch MacBook Pro Apple just released — all else being equal.
The price of the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is somewhat similar to the price of the MacBook Pro. The base Book 3 is $100 cheaper than the base MacBook Pro 16 with the same RAM and storage. Possibly, I can see this machine as a slightly cheaper alternative option for professionals with graphically heavy workloads, who are looking for something portable that's a little lighter than the MacBook Pro in price and weight.
Unfortunately, we don't yet know how the device will perform when it comes to battery life. The M2 generation of MacBooks is pretty strong in this area — and given that the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra sports a high-resolution display, a power-hungry H-series processor, and a power-hungry RTX GPU, there's a bit of skepticism about it. If Samsung can make a device that lasts nearly as long as Apple devices, given these factors, hats off to them.