The new wares from Samsung are here! The South Korean tech maker appears to be the first of many laptop makers to swing at the recently released MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch laptops featuring Apple's latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets.
According to the many rumors, tips, and leaks, Samsung will unveil two versions of the lightweight and potent Galaxy Book 3 Ultra that will feature 13th Gen Intel CPUs and the latest power-sipping Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs, and we're here for it.
Our very own Jason England got hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra and reported some good news.
Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra
Samsung just launched its new Galaxy Book 3 Ultra just weeks after Apple's MacBook Pro launch. The Ultra is targetting every iteration of the MacBook Pro by producing a lightweight, sleek laptop with Intel and Nvidia's newest and most powerful CPUs and GPUs that are also meant to sip battery life, an area that Apple has dominated since the transition to Apple Silicon.
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra16" AMOLED WQXGA+ 120 Hz Display (Anti-Glare)Intel Core i7-13700HRTX 4050 Laptop GPU (6 GB)16 GB RAM 512/1TBWindows 11 HomeGraphite35.54 x 22.58 x 1.32 cm1.17 kgJanuary 23, 2023
We can now confirm that the Ultra arrives with an AMOLED120 Hz (Anti-Glare) display, a 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700H CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB or 1TB SSD, and measures in at 13.9 x 9.9 x 0.6, which is a little smaller than the 16-inch M2 MacBook Pro (14.0 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches), and it is significantly lighter too (the MacBook Pro weighs 4.7 pounds).
There is also a High-End Version with:i9-13900H32GB RAM1TB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 (8 GB)January 23, 2023
Those are very potent specs indeed but wait, there's more! The higher-end rendition of the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is supposed to be powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900H CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for your storage needs. It will also feature the same AMOLED 120Hz display. Both Ultras will also come with a full-sized keyboard with a number pad, meaning it will have an ample typing deck.
Both systems will be lightweight and powerful. Also, going on what both Intel and Nvidia have shared with us in regards to how efficient the new CPUs and GPUs are supposed to be, both new GB3 Ultras should see significant gains in battery life that will help them challenge the Cupertino champion of all day workflow on a single charge.
As a content creator who currently uses a MacBook Pro but is also a long-time Windows user, I am very excited about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra and Samsung's laptop lineup. Simply because it appears that both Intel and Nvidia have reached a place where they can challenge Apple not just in CPU or GPU performance, but finally, they could be in the same ballpark as far as battery life is concerned.
Performance and battery life are critical to creators who tend to shoot on set or the go. Nobody wants to be tethered to an outlet all day or worry about finding one.
Also, with the rumored weight of just 2.57 pounds, with all that power hiding within its graphite shell, the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra is the challenger Apple doesn't see coming.
Maybe the Ultra is not your thing, or perhaps you don't need a discrete GPU; well, Samsung have you covered with two options, the Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro and Pro 360, which we got our mitts on recently.
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Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.