Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Hands-On: A Shot in the Arm

20 October, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
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While Samsung's new model sports the same 12in 2160x1440 OLED display, kickstand, clip-on keyboard as the original, the firm has swapped out Intel's silicon in favour of Qualcomm's octa-core 2.9GHz Snapdragon 850 chip.

Battery life is reported good for up to 20 hours between charges, depending on how it's used, with fast charging meaning you won't have to spend too long tied to a wall outlet. The new "always on, always connected" PC/tablet packs 12-inch 2160×1440 Super AMOLED display with Gigabit LTE connectivity. Connectivity modes on the device include a type-C USB port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and NFC support. At the event, the Korean giant revealed that it was working on a new display technology that would place everything from the front camera module to the fingerprint sensor under the display, eventually removing the need to have a notch and have a truly bezel-less display. The tablet also rocks a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 400GB. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.

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To tackle the competition of the Microsoft Surface Pro, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Book 2, a successor of the Galaxy Book launched a year ago. The integrated Snapdragon X20 LTE modem supports download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps, so you can stay productive in nearly any location.

It will also be on sale in-store at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon "later this month", which we assume means in November following the initial release, rather than October. It's notable that those accessories come in the box, as one of Samsung's primary Windows competitors in this form factor, Microsoft's Surface Pro, sells the pen and keyboard separately. "The Galaxy Book2 brings together Samsung's hardware and connectivity leadership with innovations from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Microsoft for a two-in-one that uniquely delivers PC productivity and superior mobility". You'll also be able to get your phone notifications on your table, and other alerts, and control them remotely. Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is available with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It'll be priced at $999.99.



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