After several years of ignoring Europe, the Galaxy Book collection has finally arrived in France. On the occasion of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has just announced its intention to become a manufacturer of laptops once again.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, laptop sellers have been wringing their hands. The remote work boom and increased time spent at home has pushed the market to a 10-year high. Historic manufacturers, such as Lenovo, Apple, Asus, or Acer, benefit from the new ones, too. In recent years, we have already seen the emergence of many Chinese brands, such as Huawei, Honor or Xiaomi. We can say they had flair, and the timing immediately allowed them to catch up.
Samsung was less fortunate. In 2014, the Korean manufacturer announced its withdrawal from the European market, which it considered to be in decline. Samsung then launched several Galaxy Book computers in certain markets, always bypassing France. Samsung announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the MWC in Barcelona, that it is aware of all the sales it has missed, and is back in the European market. A few hours ago, Huawei doubled down on PC ads.
OLED for three of them
In Barcelona, Numerama had the opportunity to quickly discover the four new Samsung machines. In fact, for its big comeback, the manufacturer releases a whole line, with or without touch screens, with or without an AMOLED panel:
- Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360: 13.3 or 15.6-inch OLED touchscreen, S-Pen, 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage.
- Galaxy Book 2 Pro: 13.3 or 15.6-inch OLED non-touch screen, 12th-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage.
- Galaxy Book 2 360: 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen, S-Pen compatible (sold as option), 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage.
- Galaxy Book 2: 15.6-inch non-touch screen, 12th-generation Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, or 256 GB or 512 GB of storage.
Not surprisingly, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is the most impressive. Their OLED screens offer great convenience in using laptops and should be especially fun when watching movies. People looking for a hybrid, which can turn into a tablet, will prefer the 360 models. Others can opt for a classic PC that opens and closes. These four computers have in common being very thin and offer plenty of ports (USB Type-C, HDMI, Micro SD…).
Equipped with a 1080p webcam with automatic framing functions (like the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra), the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is clearly aimed at the world of remote work. Samsung computers support Wi-Fi 6E, and charge via USB Type-C And it logically has a lot of software that improves the interoperability experience with Samsung smartphones (Samsung Notes, Quick Share to compete with Apple AirDrop, etc.). Fans of the brand will surely regret not having them two years ago!
PCs from 799 euros
For the classic Galaxy Book 2, you will have to pay between €799 and €1099. The touch version, with a smaller screen, but OLED, will cost 1,399 euros.
The Galaxy Book 2 Pro models, with their OLED screens, are unsurprisingly more expensive. The cost of the non-touch version ranges between 1299 and 1599 euros, and the price of the touch version ranges between 1599 and 1699 euros. They will all be available on April 1 and will be offered by all major retailers from day one (Fnac, Boulanger, Amazon, etc.).
If you want to be among the first, Samsung is offering a pre-order offer from March 18-31. An external display will be offered with any device purchase, which we think is a very good deal. We just have to hope the quality is there! Our first impressions at MWC are positive, but you can always be disappointed.