Samsung unveiled the Intel-powered Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 back in February but now has a new version almost ready to go – one that will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset. The new model was announced in South Korea and will be released on January 16 with a price of KRW 1.89 million.
The 8cx Gen 3 was the first 5nm chipset for Windows-on-ARM devices and brought major performance improvements when it launched late last year. Compared to the Gen 2 it offers +85% multi-core CPU performance, +60% GPU performance and the NPU went up to 29 TOPS.
Compared to the Intel version of the same laptop, it is physically the same as the 13.3” model – it is super light and thin at just 1.04kg and 11.5mm (2.29lbs, 0.45”). And as the name suggests, the AMOLED display can flip around 360° so it can be used as a tablet to jot down notes with the included S Pen stylus.
Battery life has improved noticeably – the Snapdragon-powered laptop can last up to 35 hours of video playback on a single charge, the Intel model tops out at 21 hours. This one also has superior connectivity with built-in 5G and Wi-Fi 6E support. It is pricier, though, a Core i5 13.3” model can be had for KRW 1.65 million, for example.
This model is suitable for enterprise use as it comes with Windows 11 and follows the Secured-Core PC specifications by Microsoft, which locks the hardware down to the firmware level. It is the highest level of security that Windows offers.
Again, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 will launch in South Korea on January 16 at a price of KRW 1.89 million (which converts to $1,500, €1,400 or ₹124,000). It’s not clear whether it will be available globally and when that might happen.