+ Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Earlier today, Samsung announced the launch of the next installment of its Galaxy Book line, dubbed the Galaxy Book 2. Like the original, it’s an always-connected PC that allows you to work wherever you happen to be. It features a supercharge battery, gigabit LTE connectivity on any carrier, and it comes with a keyboard and S Pen.

When I reviewed the original Galaxy Book eighteen months ago, quite simply – I loved it. There were a couple of areas to dislike – the folding screen stand made it hard to use truly on the go (it didn’t like working on my lap on the train, for example), but this point to one side, it was excellent.

Fast forward to early 2019, and Samsung has well and truly heard this feedback (or so it seems). The flimsy folding stand is gone, and the Galaxy Book 2 features a built-in aluminium stand (think Microsoft Surface style) which looks infinitely better, and more usable in more places.

Samsung’s Garry McGregor had this to say of the new product launch:

“The way Australians work is transforming, so it is important that Samsung continues to keep pace and provide the tools for consumers to do and achieve more.

The Galaxy Book2 is the optimal blend of innovative hardware and connectivity. It empowers Australians to work virtually wherever and whenever is convenient through outstanding productivity and mobility.”

While the stand is new, some things have been updated but broadly remain unchanged. There’s the 12-inch SAMOLED display, twin speakers tuned by AKG for Dolby Atmos functionality, and the tight integration with other Samsung smartphones to deliver a unique experience.

Of course, you can use it without the Samsung mobile, but the Samsung Flow tech to seamlessly move files and notifications between devices looks pretty hot.

Perhaps curiously for a Windows based device (which this is), the Galaxy Book 2 is not powered by an Intel processor. It is, instead, powered by the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor (and X20 LTE modem) for ultra-low power consumption and connectivity on the go.

Probably the only limitation from the specifications – listed below – is the relatively low amount of RAM. 4GB is plenty for light tasks, like browsing or reading your email, but once you start to get into something a little more demanding that will very quickly test the 4GB available (bearing in mind the Windows OS eats a fair amount of that by itself.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Product Specifications:

DISPLAY 12.0-inch sAMOLED FHD+ (2160×1440)
CHIPSET Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 850 (Quad 2.96GHZ + Quad 1.7 GHz)
LTE SUPPORT Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem Cat.18 5CA, up to 4X4 MIMO
MEMORY / STORAGE 4GB / 128GB
CAMERA 8MP Rear / 5MP Front
PORT USB Type-C x2, microSD, 3.5mm
SENSORS Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO
DIMENSION / WEIGHT 287mm x 200mm x 7.6mm / 794g
BATTERY LIFE Up to 20 hours (S Mode)
OS / UPGRADE Windows 10 in S Mode
ACCESSORIES S Pen, Keyboard (both included)
VIDEO MP4,M4V,3GP,WMV,ASF,AVI,MKV
AUDIO MP3,M4A,AAC,WAV,WMA,FLAC

Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 is available from Samsung direct and via Telstra for $1,599 RRP, and it will also arrive on Vodafone Australia soon. If you buy in the next month (by March 31), you’ll receive a free multi-port adaptor (aka a mini docking station) to help you on the road.

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Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Only an idiot would pay this much for anything Windows with 4gb RAM. I’m a big Samsung fan but this is overpriced and under-featured.

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Yes, top price for this $800 max no more.

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still looks like a great bit of kit, maybe second hand it might be a bit more affordable, still wont have anymore ram though…

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