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Samsung is about to unveil ‘the most powerful Galaxy’ – and we already know what it is

Published Apr 14th, 2021 1:08PM EDT
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
Image: Samsung

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Samsung just announced a brand new Unpacked event where “the most powerful Galaxy” is supposed to be unveiled. Traditionally, Samsung plans Unpacked press conferences for its most important mobile devices. In a non-pandemic year, we’d have two major events, one for the Galaxy S and one for the Galaxy Note. But press events can’t have audiences just yet, and tech companies have reverted to virtual keynotes where new products are live-streamed to the world. Samsung already hosted an Unpacked event for the Galaxy S21 series in mid-January, and then held a similar presser for various Galaxy A-series devices. That’s on top of the CES 2021 presentations it had in early January.

With that in mind, the upcoming Unpacked event likely isn’t for a mobile phone. That’s simply because none of the upcoming Samsung phones or tablets would qualify as the most powerful Galaxy of the year. But we already have leaks that tell us what devices Samsung will introduce in late April.

The Galaxy S21 is currently the most powerful mobile device Samsung has ever made. It has either a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor, the same hardware that will equip other 2021 Samsung flagships. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the upcoming high-end Galaxy tablet will likely use the same high-end hardware, processors included. If Samsung were to make a Note 21 version this year, it would also be built on top of the same high-end 2021 chips.

The most powerful Galaxy can only refer to a different type of Samsung device that would feature a different processor. Samsung released a video to tease the Unpacked event, which is very much in line with similar Unpacked clips. We follow a box placed in a delivery truck on its way to a recipient. We never get to see what’s inside the box, but the idea is that we’re looking at something groundbreaking. There’s also a mysterious glow emanating from the box, and the teaser seems to indicate we’re looking at a new laptop.

Samsung announced new OLED screen technology for laptops back in January. The OLED screens come with support for 90Hz refresh rate and under panel camera (UPC) tech. We expect to see more laptops with OLED screens this year, including models coming directly from Samsung.

It just so happens that Samsung’s upcoming laptops have appeared in several leaks that seem to confirm the April 28th Unpacked event will be all about new notebooks.

Galaxy Book Pro
Leaked Galaxy Book Pro photo from Korean regulator. Image source: 91Mobiles

The Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 designs were revealed on Korea’s regulatory certification site, according to 91Mobiles. The two devices are expected to feature Intel’s 11th-gen Intel Core processors, OLED displays, and Windows 10. The images posted on SafetyKorea (above) are in line with renders that Evan Blass posted online a few weeks ago (below).

Galaxy Book Pro
Leaked Galaxy Book Pro render. Image source: Voice

Both laptops will come in 13-inch and 15-inch options and in different colorways, including blue and silver (Book Pro) and navy and Gold (Book Pro 360). Other specs include LPDDR4X memory, SSD storage, Intel Iris X graphics, optional Nvidia MX450 discrete GPU, 4G support, and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. The new laptops will also feature traditional ports, in addition to USB-C. We’re looking at microSD, HDMI, and USB-A connectivity, depending on the model. S Pen stylus support is also part of the package.

Blass just posted additional details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy laptop lineup, which will include other models. Aside from the Pros, there will be a basic Galaxy Book laptop that will come only in a 15-inch display option and single color. The Book will sport around 17 hours of battery life and retail for under $1,000. The Pro models will feature 20 hours of battery life.

That’s not all, according to SamMobile. Samsung will also unveil two Windows 10 devices running on next-gen ARM processors from Qualcomm. We’re supposedly looking at the Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 7c platforms that will feature built-in LTE connectivity. They might offer better battery life than Intel-based laptops.

The Galaxy Book Go will feature a 14-inch Full HD display, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, microSD support, Bluetooth 5.1, LTE, and two USB-C ports.

Samsung’s laptop-centric press conference will be streamed online on April 28th, at which point Samsung will probably confirm all these leaks.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.