Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Book2. The 2-in-1 device is the direct successor to the original Galaxy Book which was announced back in February 2017.
The device is basically the Samsung’s competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro, but comes with a twist as it is powered by a Qualcomm SoC, unlike its predecessor which powered by an Intel Core m3.
The Galaxy Book2 is powered by the Snapdragon 850 coupled with a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It features a 12-inch 2160×1440 Super AMOLED touchscreen. The integrated X20 modem supports Cat.18 LTE 5CA and up to 4X4 MIMO for Gigabit speeds where available.
The Galaxy Book2 has an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing shooter, two speakers tuned by AKG with built-in Dolby Atmos, two USB-C ports, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and it has quoted 20-hour battery life (with adaptive fast charging). It runs Windows 10 in S Mode and comes with an included keyboard and S Pen stylus.
It will be available online from AT&T, the Microsoft store, and Samsung.com for $999.99 starting on November 2. Later next month you’ll also find it in stores at Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Key Specs.
|DISPLAY||12.0” sAMOLED FHD+ (2160×1440)|
|CHIPSET||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 850 (Quad 2.96GHZ + Quad 1.7 GHz)|
|LTE SUPPORT||Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem Cat.18 5CA, up to 4X4 MIMO|
|MEMORY / STORAGE||4GB / 128GB|
|CAMERA||8MP Rear / 5MP Front|
|PORT||USB Type-C x2, microSD, 3.5mm|
|SENSORS||Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor|
|WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO|
|DIMENSION / WEIGHT||11.32″ x 7.89″ x .30″ / 1.75 lbs|
|BATTERY LIFE||Up to 20 hours (S Mode)|
|OS / UPGRADE||Windows 10 in S Mode|
|ACCESSORIES||S Pen, Keyboard (both included)|
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Specifications
Display and Design
- 12 inch, 2160 x1440 pixels, super AMOLED display.
- All aluminium silver chassis colour.
- 11.32 x 7.89 x .30 inches dimensions.
- Weight: 1.75 pound.
- Keyboard and S Pen included.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset (Quad 2.96GHz + Quad 1.7 GHz).
- 4GB RAM.
- 128GB internal storage.
- Main Camera: 8MP
- Front-facing Camera: 5MP
- Video – MP4, M4V, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, MKV.
- Audio – MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, WMA, FLAC.
- Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic and Light sensor.
- Gigabit LTE speed for Wifi (Snapdragon x20 LTE Mod Cat. 185CA up to 4×4 MIMO).
- Wireless Connectivity – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz VHT80 MIMO.
- Micro USD slot and USB Type-Cx2.
- Dolby Atmos support speakers.
- 2 AKG-turned speakers.
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack.
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 also boasts a 20-hour battery on a single day, as well as adaptive fast charging. In other words, you can work all day long without worrying about running out of battery power.
Microsoft says that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM ensure better performance and smoother multi-tasking. That 4GB RAM seems inadequate though. But time will tell.
Microsoft Surface Pro Competitor
The Galaxy Book 2018 is clearly playing in the same field as the which puts it in the same category as the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Google Pixel Slate, and Spectre Folio. It offers much of what those other devices have and for less. That is an interesting proposition.
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is priced at $1000 was announced on October 18. Availability is from November 2nd 2018.
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