Samsung Galaxy Book 2 hands-on

19 October, 2018, 17:43 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Samsung on Thursday announced its second generation Galaxy Book, a Windows-powered 2-in-1 that looks an bad lot like Microsoft's latest Surface device.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Book2, an Always Connected PC with Gigabit LTE connectivity. In order to increase the productivity, Samsung has also added a keyboard and S Pen.

The device does not come cheap and starts at $999, this is very much a premium PC running a Snapdragon chip; the big question will be the performance as the previous generation WOA devices were a bit slow with the older Snapdragon 835. Samsung has touted that it would provide a next level performance along with the Windows experience.

"The way the world works is undergoing an incredible transformation, and users need technology that keeps them connected and ready for anything when they're out in the world getting things done", said Alanna Cotton, Senior VP at Samsung Electronics America. Samsung is promises a up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge.

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For starters, it comes with an X20 LTE modem so the tablet offers 4G connectivity so you're always connected to data like your smartphone.

As for the tablet's speeds and feeds, you're of course looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC backed up by 4GB of memory and 128GB of solid-state storage. Video chats are catered for by a 5 MP webcam above the display, while an 8 MP camera at the rear takes care of snaps and video. On its sides, the also Galaxy Book 2 offers two USB-C ports and a headphone jack.

The new Galaxy Book2 system ships with the pen and keyboard as standard and will cost $1000 from AT&T, Microsoft, and Samsung on November 2. To make it smarter, Samsung has added sensors like Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, and Light Sensor.

Bottom line: Samsung's new Galaxy Book 2 looks to be a viable alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and HP's Spectre Folio. Further, the availability will be extended to Sprint and Verizon.

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