Practical: Samsung Galaxy Book2 series arrives with sleek designs and new features


While Dell’s XPS line might lead the pack when it comes to ultraportable laptops, its closest competitor has to be the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro series. With their dazzling AMOLED displays and remarkably thin designs, Samsung’s ultraportables have managed to stand out from the crowd so far, but they’re hoping to snatch the top spot with an upcoming fleet of thin and light laptops: the Galaxy Book2. To prove it, Samsung gave PCMag a first hands-on look at the upcoming Galaxy Book2 Pro and Galaxy Book2 360.

While older models in the Galaxy Book family got high marks in 2021 (see our review of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 and Galaxy Book Pro 13), the 2022 models show that Samsung has really pulled out all the stops. With a trio of new models that use Intel’s latest 12th Gen (“Alder Lake”) processors, brilliant AMOLED displays and some of the smartest integrations with phones and tablets we’ve seen, the latest generation of PCs Samsung laptops is really exciting. in addition to a competitive category. (See our preview of the first 12th Gen Intel chips for thin laptops like these.)

Pre-orders for the new laptops begin March 18, with retail availability starting April 1.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is the top model in this new batch of systems, and it’s easy to see why. Available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models, the Pro 360 features Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology, with an integrated digitizer for S-Pen support and a 360-degree hinge for multiple modes of use.

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Under the hood, the Pro 360 features an Intel Core i7-1260P processor (and is configurable with Core i5 options) with integrated Intel Xe graphics. The 12th generation P-series chips are a new mid-range type from Intel, 28-watt mobile processors that sit between the ultralight U-series and the power-user H-series; the latter are generally confined to higher-end and thicker gaming laptops. Configurable with 8GB to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory and up to a full 1TB of NVMe storage, the Pro 360 seems like a well-equipped machine. The sleek design sticks to smaller USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 ports for connectivity, plus Wi-Fi 6E for lightning-fast networking.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 Keyboard

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In our hands-on time, we were particularly impressed with the keyboard and touchpad, which offer comfortable typing and a large, expansive surface for keys and taps. The hinges are slim and unassuming, while offering easy conversion to tablet or tent modes, and the included S-Pen doesn’t require charging or batteries, making it more convenient than some active styluses.

With two sizes available, the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is perfectly sized for tablet use in the 13-inch model, but the 15-inch might be better for users who primarily want a laptop, with only occasional tablet use. because the bigger size is a bit heavy to hold.

13-inch Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with graphite finish

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With the 13-inch model weighing 2.29 pounds and the 15-inch version weighing 3.6 pounds, there is no difference in weight compared to previous models, but Samsung has still incorporated many new features. The webcam not only ups the resolution to 1080p, but it also offers a wider 87-degree field of view as well as software-side enhancements like Studio mode and auto-framing.

Sound is also better in video calls, with two-way noise cancellation. This feature not only cleans up the sound picked up by your own microphone, but it also removes extraneous sounds from the incoming audio. The Dolby Atmos-enhanced speakers also sound great, with no chassis noise when the volume was turned all the way up.

The laptop also gets a new smart cooling mode that adjusts fan speeds while taking into account everything from the laptop’s position to ambient noise levels to system load.

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 starts at $1,249.99 and, as mentioned, will come in two sizes (13.3-inch and 15.6-inch). The models will be available in burgundy, graphite or silver finishes.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro

For an almost identical laptop that skips flipping and folding capabilities, you’ll want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro. Lacking a touchscreen and a standard hinge, the classic clamshell design is still fairly similar, but the two laptops aren’t identical, especially when it comes to connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro in silver finish

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The biggest difference is the port selection, which adds USB-A and HDMI output to the Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C connections also found on the Book2 Pro 360. It also drops the burgundy color option, s ‘sticking to the more discreet graphite and silver color combinations.

The overall design looks almost identical to the 360 ​​model, but it’s much lighter. The 13.3-inch model weighs an extremely portable 1.92 pounds and the 15.6-inch version weighs just 2.45 pounds. On top of that, Samsung claims the laptop’s battery (63 Wh in the 13-inch model and 68 Wh in the 15-inch model) will last up to 21 hours.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro cover in silver finish

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Given the “Pro” and business orientation, this Galaxy is also designed around security, with a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button, and the 15-inch model adds Arc’s powerful new graphics. Optional Intel, in addition to the integrated Xe. graphics that are standard.

But there’s one more trick up Samsung’s sleeve, which was demonstrated on the Book2 Pro: if you have a Samsung phone or tablet, you can take advantage of Samsung’s tight integration between its various products. On Samsung phones, you can use the Link to Windows feature to take advantage of phone apps and features on your laptop, or you can use a phone or tablet as a small second screen, acting as a secondary monitor for the computer portable. It’s a smart feature that many Samsung phone and tablet users may find quite appealing.

The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro clamshell laptop starts at $1,049.99, comes in graphite and silver color combinations, and (like the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360) will come in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch sizes. inches.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 360

For a more basic 2-in-1 laptop, the non-‘Pro’ Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 is the one in the new Book2 lineup to look at. This 13.3-inch convertible laptop offers the same laptop/tablet switching functionality as the Pro 360, but at a slightly more affordable price and with a simpler feature set.

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While the multi-mode design still lets you take advantage of expanded flexibility and the included S-Pen, the Book2 360 sticks with a more basic 720p webcam and Wi-Fi 6 networking instead of Wi-Fi. 6E more advanced.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 demonstrating the second screen feature

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But everything else is pretty much the same, from the Super AMOLED display to the 12th Gen Intel processors and Intel Xe graphics. Memory and storage allocations aren’t quite as expansive (up to 16GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage), but you’ll still get plenty of ports, smart fan control, two-way noise cancellation and an elegant design.

The non-Pro Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 will only be available in a 13-inch format. It starts at $899.99.

Coming soon: Samsung Galaxy Book2 Business

Last of the new Book2 models, a fourth member of the Galaxy Book2 family is coming for small business and enterprise users later this spring. This new entry is dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Business.

Although we haven’t had any hands-on time with this new entry, Samsung is positioning it as the suit-and-tie version of the laptops above, with a similar design and feature set, but more focused on security and convenience. ‘utility. , as opposed to top features.

The screen, for example, is still Full HD, but not OLED, opting instead for an anti-glare panel. Port selection is expanded to include not only the most common USB Type-A and HDMI ports, but even an RJ-45 Ethernet port. And the 1080p webcam adds infrared sensing for facial recognition, as well as a physical privacy shutter.

Finally, the system will come with Windows 11 Pro and security features like Intel vPro, Microsoft Secure Core and even a Kensington lock slot to physically secure the machine.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but Samsung said the Galaxy Book2 Business laptop is expected to launch in April in select markets.

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