For those looking to pick up the Galaxy Book2, you can now order it direct from Samsung, Microsoft, and AT&T in the United States. Later this month, Sprint and Verizon will also be stocking the device in its stores as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Book2 combines the best of Surface Pro with the long-lasting battery power of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 ARM processor with 4G LTE. Featuring a Super AMOLED display, S-pen for inking, included backlit-keyboard, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage the Galaxy Book2 is built for those who need to work anywhere at any time.
Alanna Cotton, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Samsung Electronics America had this to say (opens in new tab) about the new Galaxy Book2:
In our in-depth review of the Galaxy Book2, we praised the outstanding display, clean design, pen, audio, and even the performance – which can rival Intel's Core i3 or i5 processors in multi-core tests when using apps from the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft and Samsung are selling the device direct for $999.00 while AT&T has it for $999.99 or $50 a month using a 0% APR on a 20-month instalment agreement.
Microsoft is also offering student, teachers, parents, and military discounts, which knocks the price down to $899.10 for those who qualify. Immediate shipping is available from AT&T, while Samsung is mid-November, and Microsoft is still updating current stock.
|Category||Samsung Galaxy Book2|
|Display||12-inch sAMOLED FHD+ (2160 x 1440)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 (Quad 2.96GHZ and Quad 1.7 GHz)|
|Camera||8MP rear-facing camera|
5MP front-facing camera
|Ports||Two USB Type-C|
|Wireless connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz|
|LTE support||Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem Cat.18 5CA, up to 4X4 MIMO|
|Dimensions||11.32 in x 7.89 in x .30 in|
|Weight||1.75 lbs (793 g)|
|Battery life||Up to 20 hours (S Mode)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home in S Mode|
|Accessories||S Pen and keyboard (both included)|
There are few devices like the Galaxy Book2 on the market giving Samsung a unique advantage here for those who want a good inking and notetaking tablet PC.
There's no word on when the Galaxy Book2 will sell outside of the United States, but we'll keep you posted if that changes.
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MS back in AT&T??? Was that a pig I just saw fly past that 747?
Samsung not MS. I'm pretty sure this has more to do with Samsung name than it does MS considering there's several other LTE ACD out there.
I really want this to be 10inch with the same specs. I may have to go check i.r or anyway.
I'm interested in why? What would be the killing feature for you having it smaller?
On the plus side: It would get a bit lighter, a bit easier to hold while sketching and a bit easier to get down in a small bag but that would be about it?
On the minus side: Smaller battery and smaller screen means shorter usage time and less easy to read. Smaller keyboard also means less usability when typing.
I guess the price would be about the same. For me a lighter device are nice but I think the lower usability is outweighing that. What was your thought in it having a smaller form factor?
I think he needs something like the rumored Andromeda device.
But I'm sure that if Andromeda ever comes out, it'll have a version of the OS optimized for small screens.
Maybe the pros outweigh the cons for him? Personally, I'd like a smaller version of this: 10-11", AMOLED, Windows, great inking and battery life. This would be a companion device with a focus on reading and marking up PDF's. It would replace my Android tablet, also a Samsung. All syncing would happen through OneDrive - that would be ideal.
For me it's a few things that would drive me to a smaller device. One is easy portability with a smaller footprint. Two is that I find 10inch tablet easy to handle for extended periods of time. I subscribe to marvel unlimited and reading on my surface pro after a few becomes uncomfortable because of the size. Three is that I find inking on a 12inch screen less than ideal. We are remodeling our master bathroom and in was walking through lowes, home depot etc taking pictures and notes with my pro and after awhile it became cumbersome. My pro is also a bit overkill in terms of power for me. I just dont need it for the things I do. So a 10inch arm would be amazing for me. All these are obvisouly personal preferences for my use cases but that is why I'd like to see a 10inch version.
I'm happy with this size but yeah, a 10-inch option would also be compelling. Just tradeoffs with the KB at the size, but I'd like to see that happen too - big jump in size difference.
I guess I'm getting old. I'm starting to feel my old iPad air 2 with 9.7 inch screen a bit small and hard to read. Its the slow decay of eye sight :-(
Waiting on 13" HP Spectre x360 (2018 model) with 22hr(18hr real world) battery life, with 1080p panel.
Ordered mines yesterday. Will be here Monday. I'm a bit skeptical about Windows on ARM, however I'm excited to upgrade my LTE device from the Surface 3.
Keep me posted on Twitter. Pretty much everyone I know who has one says it changed the way they work/see a PC and have been happy with it.
Anyone know what the approx. monthly $ is on LTE connection?
Really depends on who you go with. Sprint in the US is usally the cheapest, but AT&T IMO has the best coverage (and is more expensive).
After a bit of research Sprint appears to have $15 a month after auto pay kicks in for 3 qualifying devices Envy x2, Lenovo miix 630, and Asus NovaGo. Says it's unlimited. Unsure about BYOD or require purchase through Sprint. Unsure if you have to have an existing phone plan through Sprint either. The fine print says something about requiring an "active handset". AT&T has a DataConnect plan for $30 for 30GB or $50 for 50GB. Basically $10 per GB. Has anyone actually signed on with Sprint?
It's doomed to fail at this price. The best a sane person would pay for these Windows on ARM devices is $300. And that too is generous.
Look at the hardware specs alone...
A premium-built Samsung tablet with an AMOLED display and dozens of hours of battery life? For $300? You don't sound very familiar with the market.
You sound clueless, Windows on arm is amazing. I rather have that than an iPad.
Yeah, the "doomed to fail" argument is getting old, though I do want to see these ARM devices start rolling out in budget devices. $300-500 would be great for something with the previous 845 and 4GB of RAM. Give us some more options! Where is Acer with the budget play?
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