Samsung shows off its Surface-like Galaxy Book2


Of course, the Galaxy Book 2's marquee feature is LTE connectivity through the modem within Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 system on a chip, or SoC.

It will be available online from AT&T, the Microsoft store, and for $999.99 starting on November 2.

Editor's Note: The first Galaxy Book didn't come out in Australia, and it doesn't seem like the 2 will either. What Samsung is doing differently on the Galaxy Book 2 is going for super long battery life (with claims of up to 20 hours on a charge), always-on connectivity via built-in LTE, and actually including the system's keyboard and pen in the box at no extra charge.

We don't have a United Kingdom price yet, but the Galaxy Book 2 price is $999 in the US.

Samsung Galaxy Book2 from the side, without the keyboard.

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It will also be on sale in-store at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon "later this month", which we assume means in November following the initial release, rather than October.

The big change for this year is that Samsung has switched from Intel to Qualcomm for its chipset. Yesterday at an event in the New York, Samsung pulled off the wraps from Galaxy Book 2. This, Samsung boasts, equips the "Always Connected" device with support for Gigabit LTE speed and up to 20 hours of battery life, nearly doubt that offered by the first-gen model. While you'd probably get used to reaching around the top of the Galaxy Book to unlock the system, if you miss, you're nearly sure to smudge up the camera lens with fingerprints.

The other key element is that the Snapdragon 850 offers a big jump in battery life. We've seen Snapdragon 845 devices like the HP Envy x2 go for a whopping 22 hours.

As for the tablet's speeds and feeds, you're of course looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC backed up by 4GB of memory and 128GB of solid-state storage. There doesn't appear to be a model with 8/256GB this time. You get two USB-C ports, an 8Mp rear camera and fingerprint sensor.

As the latest member of the "Always Connected" PC ranks, the Galaxy Book 2 runs Windows 10 S out of the box, although users can upgrade to the full-fat version of Microsoft's OS.