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Samsung introduces four new models to its Galaxy Book lineup

Samsung has announced four new additions to their Galaxy Book lineup, including a Galaxy Book 2 Business and two Book 2 Pro models, Book 2 Pro and Book 2 Pro 360. A budget-oriented Book 2 360 was also announced, just a convertible version of last year’s Galaxy Book.

The devices start shipping on April 1, with pre-orders beginning on March 18. The Book 2 Pro and Book 2 Pro 360 start at $1049 and $1249 respectively. The Book 2 360 starts at $899.99 with no pricing announced for the Book 2 Business yet.

Both Book 2 Pro models come in two screen sizes each — 13.3 and 15.6-inches, with the Book 2 360 only getting a 13.3-inch model. As for the Book 2 Business, it’ll only be available in a 14-inch model and clamshell format. The Book 2 Pro is also a clamshell; although it’s a slightly pricier (and heavier) sibling, the Book 2 Pro 360 gets a detachable touchscreen with SPen support. 

Interestingly, Book 2 Business is the newly released device to use Windows Hello Facial recognition. The rest of the lineup, including the Book 2 Business, gets a fingerprint sensor embedded inside the power button. There are 12th Gen Intel processors for all models, with varying RAM and storage configurations. 

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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Book 2 Pro 360

As mentioned above, the Pro lineup this year consists of two new devices, the Book 2 Pro and the Book 2 Pro 360. The Book 2 Pro is Samsung’s flagship thin and light laptop with a stark resemblance to the 2018 ARM-based Galaxy Book 2. However, this time around, Samsung is taking advantage of Intel’s new hybrid infrastructure. 

Samsung introduces four new models to its Galaxy Book lineup
The Galaxy Book 2 Pro. | Source: Samsung

The Book 2 Pro get AMOLED screens, and the Book 2 Pro 360 gets a Super AMOLED display with a bump in brightness over the previous generation, claiming over 400 nits of brightness and DisplayHDR 500. Thanks to Intel’s Arc GPU, the 15-inch Book 2 Pro has options for 5G (to be announced later) and discrete graphics. 

Other than that, the webcams get a bump from 720p to full 1080p and a wider 87-degree lens. They can also do auto-framing and come with additional features like background blurring, framing and filters, among other options. A new bi-directional AI noise-cancelling feature accompanies the AKG speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The speakers also get a wattage bump going up to 5W. 

Samsung introduces four new models to its Galaxy Book lineup
The Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 comes with an S Pen. | Source: Samsung

On the convertible side, the Book 2 Pro 360 gets S Pen (which comes with the laptop) support with less latency this time around and support for Samsung Notes, which works on all Samsung devices. The interoperability between the Samsung ecosystem is also a thing to note here. The company has put in some effort to ensure a seamless ecosystem experience that includes a feature called Multi Control, allowing people to use the Galaxy Tab S8 as an extra screen with the Book 2 Pro series.

Here are the hardware specifications for the Book 2 Pro.

SpecificationsGalaxy Book 2 Pro 13.3-inchGalaxy Book 2 Pro 15.6-inch
CPU12th Gen Intel i5 or i712th Gen Intel i5 or i7
Memory8. 16 or 32GB LPDDR58. 16 or 32GB LPDDR5
StorageUp to 1TB NVMe SSDUp to 1TB NVMe SSD
Display13.3-inch
AMOLED
1920 x 1080
15.6-inch
AMOLED
1920 x 1080
GraphicsIntel Iris X GraphicsIntel Iris X Graphics
Intel Arc Graphics
Battery and Charging63Wh
65W USB-C Charging
68Wh
65W USB-C Charging
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
5G (optional)
Security Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Ports1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C
1x USB 3.2
1x HDMI
3.5mm headphone jack
microSD
1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C
1x USB 3.2
1x HDMI
3.5mm headphone jack
microSD
Optional nanoSIM slot for 5G
OSWindows 11Windows 11

Here are the hardware specifications for the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 lineup.

SpecificationsGalaxy Book 2 Pro 360 13.3-inchGalaxy Book 2 Pro 360 15.6-inch
CPU12th Gen Intel i5 or i712th Gen Intel i5 or i7
Memory8. 16 or 32GB LPDDR58. 16 or 32GB LPDDR5
StorageUp to 1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSD
Display13.3-inch
Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080
15.6-inch
Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080
GraphicsIntel Iris X GraphicsIntel Iris X Graphics
Battery and Charging63Wh
65W USB-C Charging
68Wh
65W USB-C Charging
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
Security Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Ports1 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
microSD
1 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
microSD
OSWindows 11Windows 11

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Business

Samsung has also announced a business-oriented device this time around. While the Book 2 Business doesn’t get a ‘Pro’ tag or multiple screen sizes, it’s still quite similar to the Book 2 Pro series, with the only notable hardware differences being the optional GeForce MX570A graphics, a smaller battery, lack of 5G connectivity and IR cameras for Windows Hello facial recognition.

Samsung introduces four new models to its Galaxy Book lineup
The Galaxy Book 2 Business. | Source: Samsung

It also has several security features, including a Tamper Alert function that detects and then tracks attempts to access “security-critical” data on the PC, stopping attacks before they get to the OS. This works by establishing a hardware-based Root of Trust, validating the BIOS and building a chain between the CPU and the SEP (secure embedded processor).

There’s no word from Samsung on the pricing yet; however, the company states that the computer will be available alongside the rest of the Book 2 lineup in April. 

Here are the hardware specifications for the Galaxy Book 2 Business.

SpecificationsGalaxy Book 2 Business
CPU12th Gen Intel i5 or i7 with vPro
12th Gen Intel i3, i5 or i7
Memory8GB, upgradable up to 64GB (dual slots)
Storage256GB SSD, upgradeable up to 1TB
Display14-inch
1920 x 1080
Anti-glare
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris X Graphics
Nvidia GeForce MX570A
Battery and Charging63Wh
65W USB-C Charging
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth v5.1
4G LTE (exclusive to Europe)
Security Fingerprint scanner
IR Camera for facial recognition
Ports1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C
2 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ45
3.5mm headphone jack
microSD
Kensington Lock slot
OSWindows 11 Pro

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