Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: everything we’ve come to expect
The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro will likely debut at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on February 1st, and if it does, it will establish a new baseline of Samsung’s ultraportables.
This is perfectly in line with Samsung’s business strategy over the past few years, as it has traditionally launched its new Galaxy Book line of laptops in the first quarter of the year. There’s usually a basic Galaxy Book, a Pro model, and then convertible 2-in-1 versions like the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, one of the best 2-in-1 laptops of 2022.
This year, a new model, the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, was unveiled at Samsung Unpacked. This “Ultra” is likely to be a premium version of the base Galaxy Book that’s otherwise similar to the other Galaxy Books we’re expecting to debut alongside it, including the Galaxy Book 3 Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro will likely look the same as its predecessor, the Book 2 Pro (pictured above), but under the hood we’re expecting some significant upgrades. Here’s what we know so far.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: Rumored price and availability
We have not yet heard any official information regarding pricing of the Galaxy Book 3 Pro from Samsung, which is to be expected. However, we can make an educated guess based on how the previous models were priced.
Given that both the original Galaxy Book Pro had a starting price of $999 and its successor, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro, started at $1,049, it seems very likely that the Galaxy Book 3 Pro will be in roughly the same price range. If your starting cost is above $1,099, Samsung has a better package in some compelling upgrades.
Like its predecessors, we expect the Galaxy Book 3 Pro to be available in two sizes: 13.5-inch and 15.6-inch. These refer to the screen size, and the larger size usually costs $100 more. There’s also usually an option to upgrade your RAM and storage for an extra bonus and other deals and incentives to encourage you to trade in your old Samsung gear or buy new stuff.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: rumored specs
|Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro|
|price||Expect $1,099 to get started|
|an offer||13.5 or 15.6 inch AMOLED touch screen|
|CPU||Thirteenth generation Intel processor|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics|
|storage||256 GB – 1 TB|
|Dimensions||12 x 7.8 x 0.4 in|
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro: Design and Display
Samsung has always kept things simple and professional with its Galaxy Book Pro laptops, and we expect the Galaxy Book 3 Pro to be no different.
First and foremost, we expect this laptop to be extremely thin, as its predecessors were as trim as the 2022 MacBook Air at 0.44 inches thick. It’s also potentially light (the Galaxy Book Pro was previously as light as two pounds) and sturdy, with a basic clamshell design that wouldn’t look out of place in a coffee shop.
Samsung’s Galaxy Book laptops have always impressed us with their attractive AMOLED touch screens, and we expect something as good if not greater than the Galaxy Book 3 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: Ports
If you’re excited about the capabilities of the new Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro, don’t get your hopes up about the plenty of ports.
Samsung has typically equipped these laptops with minimal arrays of ports, equipping last year’s Book 2 Pro 360 with two USB-C ports, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We expect a similar arrangement in this year’s new Galaxy Books.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: Performance
The Galaxy Book Pro has historically been one of the fastest laptops in Samsung’s lineup, but it’s designed for work rather than play and isn’t configurable with a discrete GPU. This seems unlikely to change in 2023 now that the company is said to be planning to launch a Galaxy Book Ultra that you can order with a discrete Nvidia GPU if you want a contender for a spot on our best laptops list.
Given that, we expect the potential Galaxy Book 3 Pro to remain a productivity-focused machine with all the performance the new Intel Raptor Lake 13th Gen CPUs can offer. These chips are said to be faster and more power efficient than any Intel laptop CPUs we’ve seen to date, and hopes are high that this chip can propel the Galaxy Book 3 Pro to new heights of performance.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: battery life
We have high hopes for the battery life of the potential Galaxy Book 3 Pro, since Samsung’s Galaxy Books acquitted itself well in our internal battery test, which tasks a laptop with endless web surfing over Wi-Fi (with its screen set to brightness given) until you die.
While we’ve never tested a Galaxy Book Pro before, last year’s Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 lasted nearly 12 hours in our Tom’s Guide battery test. That’s not quite as good as the original Galaxy Book Pro 360, which lasted 13.5 hours in the same test, but anything over 12 hours is first-rate in terms of laptop battery performance — it was good enough to make our list of laptops with the longest life. for the battery.
Of course, Intel has reportedly upgraded the power efficiency of its latest range of laptop CPUs, so hopefully the new Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro can run longer than the 12-14 hours that its predecessors managed.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro: Outlook
Samsung’s Galaxy Book laptops have improved in small but significant ways over the past few years, so we have high hopes that the company will wow us with a new Galaxy Book 3 Pro.
While the design of Galaxy Book Pro laptops has always kept them a little out of the spotlight from their flashier convertible brethren, they’ve traditionally been reliable ultraportables that are easy to carry around and powerful enough for everyday work. The new Galaxy Book Pro 3 with the power of Intel’s latest 13th Gen processors could set a new benchmark for productivity in the Galaxy Book portfolio, and that’s something to get excited about — especially if you’re already involved in the Samsung hardware ecosystem and are in the market for a new laptop.