Samsung’s MWC announcement bought us new laptops as expected. Samsung unveiled four new portable PCs – all with 1080p AMOLED displays, Intel 12th gen processors, S Pen support, and with size and weight well under control.
The Galaxy Book2 Pro and Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 come in two sizes: 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch, with the 360 having a hinge that allows it to fold all the way back into tablet form, just like its predecessor. Samsung chose with 16:9 standard 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch displays.
Let’s look at the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360. The 13.3-inch model weights only 1.04kg, while the 15.6-inch model is the heaviest in the quad series at 1.41kg, which is still fairly light for a 15-incher.
The two AMOLED screens feature a resolution of 1920x1080px and, according to Samsung, are brighter than previously at 400 nits in normal viewing. HDR content reaches up to 500 nits.
There is S Pen support, but this pen does not have Bluetooth. Samsung has reduced the latency over previous Galaxy Book Pros for a better drawing and writing experience. Samsung Notes now offers better handwriting detection, hyperlink support, and the ability to sync notes from a computer to Android-based Galaxy devices.
The Intel Core i7 or i5 processors with Intel Iris X graphics are available in the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360. LPDDR5 RAM is available in 8GB increments, 16GB increments, and 32GB increments.
The battery of the 13.3-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is 63Wh, while the 15.6-inch variant is 68Wh. Both variants contain 1 Thunderbolt 4 and 2 USB-C connections, a headphone and mic combination jack, and a microSD port. The USB-C port supports charging up to 65W. The Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 has a battery life of up to 21 hours, according to Samsung.
The 13.3-inch variant has a backlit island keyboard, while the 15.6-inch model has a numpad. On the power key is a fingerprint scanner.
A FullHD 1080p camera and a twin array microphone are included. The 13.3-inch variant has two AKG-tuned 4W speakers, while the larger laptop has two AKG-tuned 5W speakers. Wi-Fi 6 is supported, but there is no 5G option.
Silver, Graphite, and Burgundy are the three colors available for the 2-in-1 PC. It will be available in April for $1,250 and comes with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
Then there’s the Galaxy Book2 Pro. The display size, resolution, and battery capacity are all the same as the 360 variants.
Because of the simpler hinge, the 13.3-inch model weighs only 0.87kg, whereas the 15.6-inch model weighs 1.11kg without a GPU and 1.17kg with one.
Intel’s ARC would be the discrete GPU, replacing the NVIDIA RTX 3050 from last year’s bigger model.
Ports are a little different as well. One Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB-C port, one full-sized USB 3.2 port, a 3.5mm combination jack, and a microSD card are available on the 13.3-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro. The 15.6-inch variant includes a full-sized HDMI port as well as a SIM card slot for 5G connectivity.
Only two colors are available for the Galaxy Book2 Pro: Silver and Graphite. It will go on sale in April for $1,050 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.