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Samsung shows off Windows S

by on19 October 2018

Galaxy Book 2 is a Windows ultraportable powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850

Samsung has been showing off its  Galaxy Book 2, a Windows ultraportable powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 chip.

The only downside is that it runs Windows 10 S, a slimmed-down version of Microsoft's operating system that can only run applications from the Windows Store that Vole has explicitly approved - including Microsoft Office. You can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, of course, but it's an emulated experience.

The other thing worth considering is the price. You can pick up a Book 2 at AT&T, Microsoft, and Samsung stores online for $999.99 starting November 2, 2018.

The Book2 -- which measures 11.32 x 7.89 x 30 inches and weighs in at 1.75 pounds - looks sort of like Microsoft's Surface.

It has a rather nice 12-inch 2,160 by 1,440-pixel AMOLED display (216 pixels per inch) is fully compatible with Samsung's S Pen stylus, which comes bundled in the box, along with a detachable keyboard that attaches magnetically to the bottom bezel, allowing you to scribble notes and mark up documents easily.

The screen's paired with stereo speakers tuned by Samsung subsidiary AKG Acoustic with support for Dolby Atmos, a premium audio format for multichannel surround sound setups, and there are two cameras onboard: a front-facing 5-megapixel camera on tap and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear.

Under the bonnet is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 system-on-chip with 4GB of RAM, comprising four high-performance processor cores running at 2.96 GHz and four power-efficient cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.


Last modified on 19 October 2018
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