Samsung's Snapdragon-powered 2-in-1 Galaxy Book 2 starts at $999

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2018

On the same day as Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S4 in India, the company also announced the Galaxy Book 2 in the US.

Previous iterations of the Galaxy Book, or Samsung Windows tablets like it, went against the trend of kickstand designs in lieu of ones that rely more on the keyboard for its various modes of use. The Galaxy Book 2 has been priced at $1000 (approx Rs 73,500) and will be available in stores in the U.S. later this month. "The Galaxy Book 2 brings together Samsung's hardware and connectivity leadership with innovations from Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft for a two-in-one that uniquely delivers PC productivity and superior mobility".

What are the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 specs?

Yes, it is Book2, not Book 2, and the always-connected PC features a Snapdragon 850 under the 12in 2160×1440 display, with 4GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, two USB-C ports, microSD. Notably, it also comes inbuilt with gigabit LTE connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem inside.

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The Galaxy Book 2 offers 20 hours of battery life according to Samsung. Customers will have the option to upgrade to the full Windows experience if they so desire for free. It's pertinent to mention here though that Samsung's 20-hour battery life claim is based on the device being used with S Mode.

Software-powered features such as Scene Optimizer and blink detection make it easier for users to take impressive photos, and the device's 24MP front-facing camera makes for great selfies. On the other hand, the keyboard that ships in the box will double as a screen cover.

It will also be on sale in-store at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon "later this month", which we assume means in November following the initial release, rather than October. In a market that is price sensitive like Kenya, even the ones willing to spend Kes.40,000 on a phone will probably look the other way.

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