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.