Samsung’s Galaxy Book2 is the newest addition to ARM-PC Family

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Brad Sams in Hardware with 24 Comments

While it’s likely fair to say that ARM-based Windows PCs haven’t caught on in a big way, that doesn’t mean that they are going to go the way of the Dodo. Samsung clearly sees the benefit with this type of a device and is announcing the Galaxy Book2.

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. 3.55 headphone jack, fingerprint sensor and battery life of up to 20hrs. Notably, Samsung says this battery life is with Windows 10 in S Mode.

The device does not come cheap and starts at $999, this is very much a premium PC running a Snapdragon chip; the big question will be the performance as the previous generation WOA devices were a bit slow with the older Snapdragon 835. The device becomes available on November 2nd and can be purchased at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon stores.

The device will also utilize Samsung’s S Pen, that is included in the box, to take advantage of Windows 10’s inking support. Further, the keyboard is included as well which means even though $999 is not cheap, it is comparable to an entry-level Surface Pro 6.

And as you can guess from where this device will be sold, it does feature LTE connectivity.

The only question that matters with this device is the performance of the CPU. If the 850 is able to keep it on par with the comparable Intel chip, this will be a huge win for Microsoft as it looks for options for its hardware other than Intel.

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27 responses to “Samsung’s Galaxy Book2 is the newest addition to ARM-PC Family”

  1. dontbe evil

    nice to see more ARM Windows 2in1 coming

  2. skborders

    1K is too expensive for this. It should be priced like a Surface Go.

  3. PeterC

    I don’t see how Qualcomm will catch Apple up in chip capability. Looking at the 850 versus A12 stats is sobering. Unless MS can tune Win ARM to Qualcomm chips extremely quickly and overcome OS overhead they’re toast in performance terms, but that still requires Qualcomm to really speed up their design/development/manufacture schedule.... and Apple aren’t standing still and have a chip road map with iOS embedded into its chip design.

    Anyways lovely Samsung hardware - performs slowly - and does It all day!

    Why haven’t they used their own chips? Does it still relate to modem patents held by Qualcomm for the USA territory?

  4. FalseAgent

    I don't get it, why are these machines so expensive?

  5. wright_is

    It would be interesting to see how fast it would be, if Samsung used their Exynos processor as used in other Galaxy devices, instead of the Qualcomm, but I guess that would be too much work for Microsoft at this stage.

  6. skane2600

    IMO, once you get beyond enthusiasts and technical people, ARM is unknown. Average users look at price, performance, and appearance. They don't care about the underlying technology.

    • wright_is

      In reply to skane2600:

      I'm guessing this is mainly going to be used in business for special verticals, where the user is on the road for long periods and has a relatively / very small range of applications they use.

      • skane2600

        In reply to wright_is:

        Unless those "small range of applications" are exclusively the UWP version of MS Office apps, they won't run on Windows S. LoB apps or standard productivity programs based on UWP are extremely rare.

        They'd have the option of upgrading to Windows 10 Pro which would allow them to run many 32-bit legacy applications and no 64-bit legacy applications. That's a lot of trouble to go to for a still limited solution when they could just go out and buy a laptop that does it all "out of the box" for less money.

  7. digiguy

    999 for 4GB of RAM? They went crazy... Even if it had a core i9... I got my Samsung notebook 9 (from which I am writing) with 16GB of RAM for 999$ on sale.

  8. Daekar

    I would love to see you review this hardware. My first impulse is to be disappointed with the 4GB of RAM, but I will await your testing.

  9. beckerrt

    Any chance you or Paul might get to review this, Brad? Would love to see how the 850 performs.

    If you ever wondered what an ARM-powered Surface would be like, here's your answer.

  10. locust infested orchard inc

    Quote by Brad Sams, "...this is very much a premium PC running a Snapdragon chip."

    This device sure is a premium PC (sic) with a wholesome mighty power of an unprecedented epic 4GB of RAM.

  11. maethorechannen

    I wonder what the target market for this device actually is. I suspect any advertisement will be full of beautiful twenty-somethings smiling away while they pretend to work at a coffee shop or at an office that looks like one, but is that really representative?

  12. pachi

    I have the galaxy tabpro. It’s a core m and has an OLED screen. It’s okay.... I paid $350 for it though, that’s about what it’s worth. The keyboard sucks and already is broken and it is rarely even attached. And sitting on a shelf shouldn’t break it.

    Does this even even have an OLED display???

  13. aelaan

    Here we see yet another failed device with a high, high price. It is already defeated before it came into the market.

    A price tag around 599 would make this maybe more interesting. Samsung is out of touch with the market.

    This device must be able to run a 4Ghz speed will it ever be comparable and Windows S is a limit consumers are not ready for. I am for hire for advice to these companies.... ;-)

    • eric_rasmussen

      In reply to aelaan:

      These things are unable to run desktop software that was compiled for 64-bit, which could be an even bigger limitation than the fact that they ship with S Mode enabled.

      For my workflow, an Android Book or Chrome Book would work better. For the price of this thing, though, a MacBook would be an even better investment. I don't think this Samsung device could run Visual Studio Code or any ssh client, which is something I would need. My needs obviously do not align with the general public, but neither does this thing's price tag.

      • IanYates82

        In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:

        VS code runs on 32 bit Windows.

        Same as SSH clients.

        There aren't that many apps, particularly those you'd want on a tablet / small laptop, where they are only 64 bit.

        There are other reasons to be wary of the device, but code & SSH aren't among them.

  14. roastedwookie

    Another $999 fail like HP's Envy X2

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