The Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is now powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line ARM chip for Windows PCs, but there's no word yet on a global release.
Samsung has announced an ARM version of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, following an Intel-based version due in February 2022. Samsung may not be as well-known for its laptops as its line of great smartphones, but the company has some solid devices on offer. The Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 joins Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 line of laptops, which includes the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and an Intel-based version of the Galaxy Book 2 360. ^Earlier this year, Intel released a high-end laptop with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P chipset. While it has Wi-Fi 6E, it doesn't have 5G. That changed with Samsung's latest laptop, released a year ago, with a new processor with a built-in 5G modem. The new Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor and is designed for high-end Windows PCs. In a press release announcing the new Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360, Samsung said it has worked closely with Qualcomm to optimize the laptop's hardware and software.
Switching to ARM processor will make Galaxy Book 2 The Pro 360 dramatically improves battery life. The Intel variant claims 21 hours of battery life, but Samsung says the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 model is rated for up to 35 hours of video playback. Apart from the new processor and improved battery life, the two variants are otherwise identical. Like its Intel-based sibling, the ARM version has a 13.3-inch FHD Super AMOLED touch display and earns its moniker from a 360-degree hinge that allows the device to fold into a tablet form factor. Samsung also includes an S Pen for writing and drawing on the screen.
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Laptop features a 1080p HD camera with auto-framing for video calls, and a noise-canceling microphone. AKG-tuned speakers support Dolby Atmos for crystal clear sound. Despite its slim profile, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 isn't short on ports, with two USB-C ports, a Thunderbolt 4 port, and a microSD card slot. There's also a microphone/headphone combo jack and a fingerprint scanner. The laptop will run Windows 11, Samsung said, adding that it meets the Secured-core PC requirements of Microsoft's enterprise security solutions and is suitable for business users who handle sensitive information.
The Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 ARM version is priced at KRW 1.89 million (~US$1500), more expensive than the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s laptop with the same chipset launching in June 2022 with a US$1300 price tag. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 laptop will go on sale in South Korea on January 16 and will be available in a Graphite version. Samsung has yet to reveal any global release date or pricing information.
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