Those users looking for Samsung notebooks will find a couple new devices appearing on shelves today. Much as it was with each previous release of devices that run Windows and/or Chrome, there’s always alternatives to the newest of the new. Today we’re looking at what these newest bits of hardware provide, and we take a peek at what we might recommend you also consider before buying.
Specs for Galaxy Book 2
The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 12-inch display-toting 128GB internal storage-having computer has an S Pen and a keyboard, too. This is a sort of Microsoft Surface competitor with Samsung’s spin. The stylus is similar to what Microsoft has for the Surface Tablet, but this is the S Pen, Samsung’s own brand and delivery of the stylus experience.
The tech you’re getting with this S Pen isn’t exactly the same as it is with the S Pen on the Galaxy Note. Each piece of hardware is a little bit different. In this case, though I’ve not used it myself quite yet, I imagine it’s a bit easier to hold this stylus for longer periods of time since it’s larger than the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen. There’s also a rubbery eraser bit here that works with Window 10’s stylus experience in multiple apps.
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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Specifications:
• Operating System: Windows 10 S
• Processor: Qualcomm SDM850 (Quad 2.9GHZ + Quad 1.7GHz)
• Carrier: AT&T (LTE speeds with AT&T SIM card)
• Weight: 1.75 lbs
• Dimensions: (inches) 11.32” x 7.89” x 0.29”
• Camera: (Front) 5MP, (Rear) 8MP
• Battery: Up to 20 hrs, 6,120mAh
• Certifications: ENERGY STAR Certified, Dolby Atmos for audio, AKG-tuned speakers
• RAM: 4GB
• Internal Storage: 128GB
• External Storage: microSD up to 512GB
• Connectivity: 2x USB Type C (3.1), Headphone jack
• Display: 12-inch Super AMOLED, FHD+(2160 x 1440)
• Stylus: S Pen Support
The tablet can be used with the included keyboard or on its own, completely flat. There’s a kickstand at the back so you can keep it tipped up, and with the keyboard it becomes pretty much a laptop experience. This device uses a Qualcomm processor which we’ve yet to benchmark, and includes AT&T’s LTE connectivity (if you opt for that model).
What does it cost, is it better than a Surface?
It costs more than a Surface Go, but it’s not really meant to compete with a Surface Go. You can learn more about the $400 Surface Go and see if it’s more your speed if you wish.
The Surface Pro 6 starts at $900, and includes a full 8th Gen Intel Core processor under its hood. As of the publishing of this article, there is no such thing as a Surface Pro 6 with LTE. For that, Microsoft literally recommends you buy a Surface Pro 5th Gen with LTE on its product page for the Surface Pro 6.
It’s strange that Samsung released this Samsung Galaxy Book 2 LTE costs approximately $1k while the Surface Pro 6 costs $900. It seems strange until you realize the S Pen comes with the Galaxy Book 2, while the Surface Pro 6 is sold separately from the Surface Pen, which costs $100 on its own. The Surface Pro 6 has no mobile connectivity, while the Galaxy Book 2 LTE has LTE – so it sorta evens out, just so long as you don’t care what processor is under the hood.
This new Samsung Galaxy Book 2 with LTE was made available starting this week through AT&T and Samsung online. You might even be able to find it elsewhere, if you get lucky!