Galaxy Book 2 Pro (360) – Samsung’s competition for the MacBook

Samsung introduced two new laptops in the context of MWC 2022. While the Galaxy Book 2 Pro with 5G support is primarily aimed at the mobile user community, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 attracts with its flexible display and pen operation.

Die Vorgänger beider neuen Laptops hatte Samsung Ende April 2021 vorgestellt. Nun folgt knapp ein Jahr danach die neue Generation. Beide Geräte sind jeweils in der Größe 13.3 inch and 15.6 inch sowie in mit verschiedenen Storageausstattungen erhältlich. Mit unter 12 Millimeter sind die Laptops darüber hinaus auch sehr dünn. Der Unterschied zwischen dem Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro und dem Pro 360 liegt vor allem beim Display.

Galaxy Book 2 Pro – the slim classic

Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 Pro can be described as a classic laptop. It has an AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, whose edges are extremely narrow. The casing is also very compact. The smaller model is just 11.2 millimeters thick and weighs a light 870 grams. The larger version measures 11.7 millimeters and has a weight of about 1.1 kilograms. An aluminum casing provides the necessary stability and durability.

The keyboard is equipped with illuminated keys, whereas the one of the larger 15.6-inch model has a separate number pad. There is also a very large touchpad. Samsung offers the Galaxy Book 2 Pro either in silver or in a dark graphite.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 2
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro in silver and graphite Photo: Samsung

Windows 11 and current Intel processors

The laptops are delivered with Windows 11, and access to the system can be protected via fingerprint. An Intel Evo i5 or i7 of the 12th generation works inside – depending on the model – together with an Iris-X graphics unit. The 15-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro model is also available with Intel Arc graphics. Buyers can opt for configurations with 8 to 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM and an SSD with up to 1 terabyte.

For video conferencing, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro brings a Full HD camera with an even larger field of view as well as a built-in dual-array microphone with bidirectional AI noise reduction. The studio mode known from the Galaxy Tab S8 is also included, which focuses on the person speaking in a group. Thanks to “Auto Framing”, the speaker also stays centered in the picture when moving.

The 13-inch model also has two built-in 4-watt speakers powered by AKG and with Dolby Atmos. With two 5-watt speakers, the larger model is even a bit more powerful. Those who frequently surf on the go with their laptop will also be happy about the 5G support in the 15-inch model. Otherwise, the laptops also feature Wifi 6E as well as Bluetooth 5.1 and bring along an HDMI and a jack in addition to a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-C and a USB 3.1 port. There is also a built-in microSD slot for memory expansion. The battery can be charged particularly quickly via USB-C with up to 65 watts and promises a runtime of up to 21 hours.

Compared to the predecessor, many specs of the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro read very similar. Probably the biggest adjustments are in the newer Windows system, the better camera, the higher RAM and the Wifi 6E support.

Flexible with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360

Displaygröße, Keyboard, Battery, Storage und System – all das ist beim Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 identisch. Der markante Unterschied liegt in der Bauweise des 2-in1-Laptops. Denn bei diesem Modell lässt sich das Display einmal komplett neigen. Aus dem Laptop wird somit beinahe ein Tablet – inklusive Touchscreen und der Möglichkeit, Eingaben per Stift zu tätigen. Das Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 bringt dafür einen angepassten S Pen mit.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 2 360
Thanks to the 360 degree tiltable display, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 can be used individually. Photo: Samsung

Mit einer maximalen Dicke von 11,5 Millimeter beim 13-Zoll-Modell und 11,9 Millimeter beim 15-Zoll-Modell sind beide Laptop-Ausführungen relativ schlank. Auch das Gewicht ist mit 1,04 bzw. 1,41 Kilogramm sehr gering. Eine 5G-Version bietet Samsung für das Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 nicht an. Auch gibt es dieses Modell nur mit Intel-Iris-X-Grafik. Nutzer haben dafür aber die Wahl zwischen mehr Colors. Neben Silber und Graphit gibt es den Laptop auch in Burgundy.

Interplay between mobile and desktop

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro series is the first own laptops for private users that meet Microsoft’s “Secured Core PCs” requirements. Various security mechanisms are used to create a secure, hardware-isolated environment that effectively isolates the memory and critical components to prevent attacks and unauthorized access to important parts of the operating system.

Samsung has also overhauled the system and wants to create the most seamless interaction between mobile devices like smartphones and the laptop. Once logged in with the Samsung account, users have access to apps and content from the Samsung Galaxy device, including Samsung Gallery and Samsung Notes. “Galaxy Book Smart Switch” allows data, photos, settings and more to be transferred from old PCs to the Galaxy Book regardless of manufacturer.

Prices und Ausführungen

Galaxy Book 2 Pro Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360
Display SuperAMOLED with 1920 x 1080 pixels
13.3 inch and 15.6 inch
SuperAMOLED with 1920 x 1080 pixels
13.3 inch and 15.6 inch
System Windows 11 Windows 11
Performance Processor: Intel Evo 12th gen. i5 / i7
Graphics: Intel Iris X / Intel Iris Arc (nur bei 15,6 Zoll)
Processor: Intel Evo 12th gen. i5 / i7
Graphics: Intel Iris X
Keyboard with backlight; 15.6 inch with number pad with backlight; 15.6 inch with number pad
Storage 8-32 GB RAM,
Up to 1 TB SSD
8-32 GB RAM,
Up to 1 TB SSD
Battery 13.3 inch: 63 Watt
15.6 inch: 68 watts
Up to 21 hours runtime
Fast charging via USB-C thanks to 65 watts
13.3 inch: 63 Watt
15.6 inch: 68 watts
Up to 21 hours runtime
Fast charging via USB-C thanks to 65 watts
Camera and micro 1080p full HD / dual array microphone with noise reduction 1080p full HD / dual array microphone with noise reduction
Audio 13.3 inch: 2x 4 watt stereo, sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos

15.6 inch: 2x 5 watt stereo, sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos

13.3 inch: 2x 4 watt stereo, sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos

15.6 inch: 2x 5 watt stereo, sound by AKG, Dolby Atmos

Connections Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G optional Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1
Connections 13.3 inch: 1x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB-C 3.2, headphones, microSD port.

15.6 inch: 1x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB-C 3.2, headphones, microSD port, 1x HDMI, NanoSIM slot (optional).

1x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 2x USB-C, headphones, microSD port
Dimensions and weight 13.3 inch: 304 x 199.8 x 11.2 mm; 870 grams

15.6 inches: 355.4 x 225.8 x 11.7 mm; 1.11 kg

13.3 inch: 302.4 x 202 x 11.5 mm; 1.04 kg

15.6 inch: 354.85 x 227.97 x 11.9 mm; 1.41 kg

Colors Silver, Graphite Silver, Graphite, Burgundy
Other Fingerprint sensor in the power button, optionally with 5G Display can be tilted 360 degrees, S Pen included
Prices 13.3 inch with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel i5, color Graphite: 1199 euro

15.6 inch with 16 GB RAM, 512 GB, Intel i7, color Graphite: 1599 euro

15 inch with 16 GB RAM, 512 GB, Intel i7, 5G, color Graphite: 1749 euro

13.3 inch with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel i5, color Graphite: 1299 Euros.

13.3 inch with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel i5, color Burgundy: 1299 euro (online store exclusive)

13.3 inch with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel i7, color Graphite: 1499 euro

13.3 inch with 16 GB RAM, 512 GB, Intel i7, color Graphite: 1599 Euro

15.6 inch with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel i5, color graphite: 1399 euro.

15.6 inch with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB, Intel, i7, color Graphite: 1599 euro

15.6 inch with 16 GB RAM, 512 GB, Intel i7, color Graphite: 1699 euro

15.6 inch with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB, Intel i7, color Graphite: 1899 euro.

15.6 inch with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB, Intel i7, Silver color: 1899 Euro

Further innovations at the MWC 2022

Samsung is one of the manufacturers that presented its new products at MWC 2022. We have summarized what else you can expect at the trade show in an article.

Samsung, Huawei and Co. will show these innovations at MWC 2022.

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona runs from February 28 to March 03 this year.