Galaxy Book 3 Series Demonstrates Upgrading of Samsung’s Professional Laptops
Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Book 3 Ultra notebook and its most recent flagship Galaxy S23 phones at its Unpacked presentation last week.
The Samsung Ultra laptop will offer strong performance, a ton of features, and a stunning display, just like Samsung’s top Galaxy Ultra phones and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablets. The Ultra laptop, like the other Ultra products, may be more computing than you require. Samsung also offers the Galaxy Book 3 Pro and Pro 360, which run somewhat less well than the Ultra but share many capabilities and come with unique additions.
However, the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is without a doubt the star, and fortunately, it addresses two issues I had with the otherwise superb Galaxy Book 2 Pro versions. The screens were one problem. Although they featured gorgeous AMOLED displays, most high-end laptops have higher-resolution 16:10 widescreens that provide more vertical space. The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra expands to 16 inches in size at 16:10. You’ll still get outstanding color and contrast because it’s still an AMOLED panel. Additionally, it offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel resolution for smoother-looking movies.
The Book 2 Pro’s lack of separate graphics alternatives was my second complaint, and to be honest, if you’re going to name anything “Pro,” you should have something more powerful than integrated graphics. The Book 3 Pro models don’t change anything, but the Ultra will sport a 13th-generation Intel Core i7 or i9 processor and either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or 4070 graphics chip, providing it with pro-level laptop performance.

The Core i7 and RTX 4050 configuration starts at $2,400, and the Core i9 and RTX 4070 combination costs $3,000 as a result of those components. (Pricing and availability for the UK and Australia weren’t disclosed, although the entry price is equivalent to £1,950 and AU$3,400.) A 1080p webcam, a quad-speaker audio system, a fingerprint reader on the power button, and a larger 76-watt-hour battery are just a few of the fantastic things you get for those costs. The Ultra has two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack in addition to having more ports than the Galaxy Book 2 Pro. It also has an HDMI 2.0 output.
The good news is that almost all of these features are carried over to the Pro models; the Core i9 processor and discrete graphics are the two notable exceptions. The 16-inch Galaxy Book 3 Pro laptop weighs roughly half as much and is 4 millimeters slimmer than the 16.5-mm-thick, 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) Ultra. There will also be a 14-inch version of the Galaxy Book 3 Pro that weighs only 2.6 pounds (1.2 kilograms).
There is also a 16-inch Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 two-in-one, which is huge for a two-in-one but comes with one of Samsung’s superb S Pens and can be used as a whiteboard for meetings and for drawing and taking notes. Again, all of the features of the Ultra, including the high-resolution webcam, port variety, and quad speakers, are included. Additionally, the only model with optional 5G wireless is this one.
The new Ultra and Pro laptops are designed to work with other Galaxy devices, exactly like older Galaxy Books. It’s simple to do things like transfer files back and forth between your phone and laptop. You may begin working on a document on your Galaxy phone and conclude it on the Galaxy Book, for example. The laptop’s screen can also be extended wirelessly using a Galaxy Tab S8. Your Galaxy Buds may alternate between devices on their own. Apple excels at providing this additional layer of interoperability with its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, but Samsung is swiftly catching up with assistance from Intel and Microsoft. Due to their compliance with Microsoft’s secure-core PC requirements, these laptops also have enterprise-level security.
The general appearance is one item that Samsung didn’t change from earlier iterations. Compared to Samsung’s phones, which come in a variety of colors, these are nice and tidy but a little boring. They are available in graphite or beige. However, the build quality has improved. They’re stronger, stiffer, and more durable, which is unquestionably a benefit even though it makes them a little heavier.
Samsung’s website now accepts preorders for the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, Pro, and Pro 360 notebooks; the Pro models are anticipated to begin shipping on February 17.


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