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October 26, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 – 2-in-1 12” Excellent Screen and Snapdragon 850

You will Samsung with plentiful 2-in-1 devices including Surface Pro 6 as well as Google Pixel Slate. However, the form factor is clearly a big deciding factor when it comes to buying. Why only Samsung is getting back in an action with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Book 2 in Australia? The answer is, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 instead of an Intel Chip – Galaxy Book 2 isn’t your average PC.

It’s backed by gorgeous 12-inches Super AMOLED screen and an impressive amount of battery life and, of course, GB LTE speeds. In short, it’s having something that competitors aren’t offering. We’ve gathered everything we went through and assembled here on a single page to give an idea what it dishes out for its audience. So, let’s keep going.

Release Date and Price

The Galaxy Book 2 is due to start arriving on shelves from 2 November – confirm the US release date. And as far as Samsung Galaxy Book 2 release date in Australia is concerned, there’s no word when (or if) it will arrive.

To get a Samsung Galaxy Book 2 replete with an S Pen Stylus as well as Keyboard and it will set users back around $900 (USD) on AT&T, Microsoft, and Samsung’s official website.

The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Price in Australia isn’t decided, however, it will be AU$1399 according to quick currency conversion. This price is only for that Galaxy Book 2 which comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard memory.

Making a comparison, Apple’s 12.9-inches iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 capes out at AU$1199 and AU$1349 respectively. Neither of these both devices includes a stylus and keyboard. Hence, it may be a disadvantage from a price point of view.

Key Specifications

Here is a quick rundown of Samsung Galaxy Book 2 specifications in Australia and features it’s enriched with. Let’s have a look.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 in S Mode
  • Display Size: 12-inches Super AMOLED Full HD+ (2160 x 1440)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 (Quad 2.96GHz + Quad 1.7 GHz)
  • Modem: Snapdragon X20 LTE Model Cat.18 5CA, 4X4 MIMO
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Onboard Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Number of Ports: USB Type-C X2, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic sensor and Light Sensor
  • Audio: Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5Hz, VHT80 MIMO
  • Dimensions: 287.5 x 200.4 x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 839 grams
  • Battery: Up to 20 hours (Windows 10 S Mode)
  • Others: S Pen and Keyboard (included)

Brief Description of Galaxy Book 2

The Samsun Galaxy Book 2 is coming with an average amount of RAM – 4GB and an awesome onboard storage – 128GB. Outback, you’ll see an 8MP camera and a 5MP camera on the front. Though, you’ll see only a few ports – one microSD card slot for expansion, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB Type-C ports.

In terms of speakers, Book 2 is backed by 2 speakers tuned by AKG with Dobly Atmos Technology. Not only this, a fingerprint scanner is holding its position on its back which is lightning fast while placing a finger on it. Samsung has also claimed that it’s having infrared cameras for Facial Recognition.

Unfortunately, so many users would be disappointed to see Galaxy Book 2 with Windows 10 in S Mode – enabling only for apps in Microsoft Store. However, you can move to full Windows for free but Samsung didn’t make the same battery claims there. You won’t be able to find an extensive amount of apps in the Microsoft Store as well. If you’re looking to use it for your office and a web browser, it’s a great option to go for.

Display-wise, Galaxy Book 2 tablet comes with 12-inches screen which is based on Super AMOLED Technology. Thus you’ll enjoy nice and colorful display with a maximum resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. It’s surrounded by slim bezels and comes in a fairly bland silver. The rear of Book 2 is a mixer of magnesium and aluminum but in a matching finish which keeps things looking uniform.

Very much unlike Google Pixel Slate, there’s an S Pen Stylus and keyboard (as mentioned above). The point which is 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 keyboard and pen separately.

A Vice President of Product Marketing of Qualcomm Don McGuire said that at the launch event, customers will be able to get devices activated in stores and leave with fully working products. This will make the LTE connectivity factor much and much easier for those who haven’t hooked with Windows 10 devices to LTE before.

However, like any LTE device, using such a data plan will incur a monthly fee. On the left side, you’ll see a SIM card slot but be noted, Samsung Galaxy Book 2 doesn’t have eSIM compatibility.

Early Verdict

The last year’s Galaxy Book was indeed an exquisite device and the sequel is shaping up to look very attractive, without any doubt – especially with S Pen and keyboard. The design is impressive too which is now highly competitive than ever in terms of portability and versatility, even longevity. But how about performance? Perhaps, it’s the most important question. It’s too prompt to discuss its performance. All in all, Samsung Galaxy Book 2 yet to be convertible you’ve been waiting for.


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