Prices have finally been revealed for the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra – and it’s heavily undercutting the rival MacBook Pro.
The 16in Galaxy Book3 Ultra was unveiled by Samsung earlier this month and it’s a naked attempt to grab some of the high-end laptop market away from Apple. The all-metal graphite design has definite echoes of the MacBook Pro, but Samsung is hoping to tempt buyers by including the latest discrete graphics chips from Nvidia, giving the Galaxy Book3 Ultra the grunt for demanding graphics work and AAA gaming.
Quite aside from the design, it’s the pricing that makes the Book3 Ultra stand out.
Take the UK, where the price of the Galaxy Book3 Ultra starts at £2,449. That spec comprises of an Intel Core-i7-13700H processor, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics chip. For pre-order customers, Samsung is giving a free storage bump, offering a spacious 1TB of SSD storage for the price of 512GB.
That entry-level price compares favourably to the 16in MacBook Pro, which offers a 12-Core M2 Pro CPU, with a 19-core GPU, 16GB of unified memory and only 512GB of storage for £2,699.
If you move up the Galaxy Book3 Ultra range, and opt for a Core-i9-13900H processor with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics chip, the price jumps to £3,049. However, Samsung is currently offering a voucher code (GB3ULTRA) that knocks another £300 off the price of the Core i9 version, bringing the price down to a tempting £2,749.
By contrast, the M2 Max version of the MacBook Pro with a 38-core GPU and 1TB of storage costs £3,749. It’s hard to believe Samsung wasn’t deliberately aiming to make its premium version £1,000 cheaper.
Galaxy Book3 Ultra prices in the USA
The Galaxy Book3 Ultra is available for pre-order today in several countries, including the UK, the US, France, Germany and Samsung’s homeland of South Korea.
In the US, the price of the Core i7 version starts at $1,899 (before sales tax), with the Core i9 version and RTX 4070 graphics upgrade bumping the price to $2,499. Those prices also significantly undercut Apple, with the entry-level 16in MacBook Pro costing $2,499 and the top-end model at $3,499, meaning Samsung’s laptop is precisely $1,000 cheaper. Coincidence?
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