Samsung is returning to the laptop market in Europe. Here are the giant’s first two flagships that will land in France, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro and 2 Pro 360.
For several years we have been frustrated in Europe and more specifically in France not to see the arrival of Samsung laptops. The company has a good transatlantic press, but decided to withdraw from the European market several years ago. At MWC 2022, Samsug marks its return to Europe with two new references. Get to know the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro: Lightweight Performance
The first goal of the two devices is to stand out as a Samsung laptop. Here, there is no gimmick of the device, but a “classic” laptop. That doesn’t stop Samsung from working on its design to make it lightweight: 870 grams for the 13-inch version and 1.17 kg for the top 15.6-inch version, only. Such a figure under the 1 kg bar should look especially light on hand.
However, the machine is far from empty. Samsung includes the just-unveiled 12th Gen Intel Core processors backed by 8 to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe storage. The graphics part will be provided by the integrated Intel Iris Xe component, or a dedicated Intel Arc graphics card in the case of the 15.6-inch version.
Let’s talk about the screen, in both we are entitled to an AMOLED panel, Samsung sticks to a fairly economical definition of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Samsung did not fall into the trap of an Ultra HD display which could cause the battery to melt from 63 to 68 Wh depending on the screen diagonal. This is not all, we must also mention the presence of a Full HD camera which should make it possible to have great video meetings. The computer will come with a 65W USB-C charger.
On the software side, the device runs on Windows 11 with special attention being paid to securing the device according to Samsung. The company pledges to follow Microsoft’s recommendations on hardware security, Firmware and identity. For the latter, this is done via the Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader on the PC. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro also follows the recommendations of the Intel Evo platform.
In terms of connectivity, the 13.3-inch version is less generous than the 15.6-inch version. For the first, there’s a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-C port, a USB-A 3.2 port, a microSD reader, and a 3.5mm jack port. The 15.6-inch model takes this connection and adds an HDMI port and an optional nanoSIM reader. Because yes, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro can be offered with 5G connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1. However, Samsung France told us that this 5G variant will not be offered here.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360: Twisting the tablet in the game
If you have a penchant for convertible devices, this is the 360 version for you. As its name suggests, this reference allows you to rotate the screen behind the keyboard for the full comfort of a large tablet. The S Pen comes with a computer for taking notes.
Once again, Samsung offers this device in a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch size. The configuration broadly follows what the classic Galaxy Book 2 Pro offers. So we have a 12th generation Intel Core processor with 8 to 32 GB of RAM and 256 to 1 TB of SSD storage, a Super Amoled Full HD display, a 1080p webcam, a 63 to 68 Wh battery, and a 65 watt, Windows 11 operating system and a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 // Source: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro set // Source: Samsung
Connectivity is still less generous, with only a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-C port, a jack, and a microSD reader. And it’s not the versatility that explains it because the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is a bit larger than its cousin (perhaps to integrate the hinge system and touchscreen). So the 13.3-inch version occupies 302.5 x 202 x 11.5 mm for 1.04 kg while the 15.6-inch version is 354.85 x 227.97 x 11.9 mm for 1.41 kg.
set off in france
Samsung France was able to assure us that the two computers will be launched on our territory. Pre-orders will be open from March 18 through March 31, and Samsung says a 27-inch Full HD LCD Outdoor Monitor (Samsung LC27F396FHRXEN) will be offered with orders during this time. The commercial launch is scheduled for April 1, 2022. From this date until May 15, 2022, Samsung is planning an introductory offer where customers will receive a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
Here are the prices revealed by Samsung France.
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 13-inch (Core i5 / 8 GB / 512 GB): € 1299
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 13-inch (Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB): € 1,499
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 15-inch (Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB): € 1,599
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 13-inch (Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB): € 1,599
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 15-inch (Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB): € 1699
In the price list we also discover two other references from Samsung, without too many details about the design and characteristics of the devices.
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 15-inch (Core i5 / 8 GB / 256 GB): € 799
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 15-inch (Core i7 / 8 GB / 256 GB): € 899
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2 15-inch (Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB): € 1099
- Samsung Galaxy Book 2360 13-inch (Core i7/16 GB / 512 GB): €1399
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