Samsung Galaxy Book 2: Release date, price and specs

Gerald Bowen
October 19, 2018

Of course, the Galaxy Book 2's marquee feature is LTE connectivity through the modem within Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 system on a chip, or SoC.

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.

Editor's Note: The first Galaxy Book didn't come out in Australia, and it doesn't seem like the 2 will either.

Battery life is also a highlight of always-on devices, and the Galaxy Book 2 will get up to 20 hours of life per charge, according to Samsung. For anyone who can get pass the relatively easy upgrade process, the new device is actually a fully loaded PC experience. The screen of the Galaxy Book 2 is also touch-capable and measures 12-inches.

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Samsung Galaxy Book2 from the side, without the keyboard. It will also be available in stores at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon later in November.

The big change for this year is that Samsung has switched from Intel to Qualcomm for its chipset. 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.

Samsung on Thursday announced its second generation Galaxy Book, a Windows-powered 2-in-1 that looks an very bad lot like Microsoft's latest Surface device. Its predecessor had an optional LTE model. While you'd probably get used to reaching around the top of the Galaxy Book to unlock the system, if you miss, you're nearly sure to smudge up the camera lens with fingerprints. The second generation of machines, however, uses the Snapdragon 850, a variant of the Snapdragon 845 that's designed for the bigger batteries and higher power dissipation of laptops and tablets. System memory comes in at 4 GB, storage at 128 GB (plus microSD expansion) and the physical keyboard/folio cover hybrid and S Pen come included in the box. 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.

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