A couple weeks after Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 6, Samsung unveils the $1,000 Galaxy Book 2, an always-connected Windows 2-in-1 that features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 processor with almost a design that’s extremely close to the Surface.
It goes on sale November 2nd, and US carriers including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint will be selling it with LTE plans.
Samsung says the Galaxy Book 2 is capable of gigabit-class LTE and delivers “multi-workday battery” on a single charge. Specifically, the battery estimate is “up to 20 hours.” The Book 2’s speakers include Dolby Atmos support and, just like Samsung’s flagship phones, are tuned by the company’s AKG division. An all-new rear kickstand has a Surface Pro-like hinge that allows you to adjust the angle of the 12-inch display to a near-flat level, and its included-in-the-box keyboard magnetically attaches to the bottom display bezel in the exact same way as the Surface keyboard.
From a usability standpoint, the kickstand and updated keyboard are an improvement on the original Galaxy Book, which had a keyboard that folded into a stand like Apple’s iPad.
The display is an OLED panel with a resolution of 2160×1440.
The Galaxy Book 2 runs Windows 10 with S Mode enabled out of the box, though you’ve got the option to upgrade to the fuller Windows experience for free. There’s also a fingerprint sensor at the upper right corner of the back for Windows Hello.
Display: 12-inch AMOLED 2160×1440
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
Ports: 2 USB Type C, microSD, 3.5mm headphone jack
Cameras: 8MP rear, 5MP front
Weight: 1.75 pounds