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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 review

Quick verdict: Samsung's older Windows 10 ARM-based tablet isn't the most powerful, but it makes up for it with exceptional battery life. However, because it won't run every Windows app it's still a limited-use device.

The good

  • Superb battery life
  • Nice speakers
  • Good display

The bad

  • Lacks 64-bit x86 app support
  • Galaxy Book S or Surface Pro X are more powerful
  • Keyboard feels cheap

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We've already reviewed Samsung's Galaxy Book S, and that's clearly the tablet/2-in-1 that the South Korean firm would prefer you buy right now. However its previous entry in the world of ARM-based Windows 10 devices, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2, is still available from some retailers. Having debuted in 2018, it's an older device with a predictable drop down in processing power, but if you can score one for the right price it could be a worthy contender, especially considering its exceptional battery life.



  • 12-inch Super AMOLED display
  • Included keyboard and S Pen
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra



  • Snapdragon 850 definitely shows its age
  • Lack of 64-bit app support is problematic
  • Inbuilt LTE is a nice inclusion
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Battery life

Battery life

  • 10 hours is achievable
  • But this is a weak point for a 'laptop replacement'
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra



  • Great battery life, but you must score a bargain
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Should you buy it?

That exceptional battery life is clearly the Galaxy Book 2's primary selling point right now, because it really is above any other laptop we've tested to date. However, you're then compromising not only on x86 app compatibility as you do with any Windows 10 ARM laptop, but also on overall performance. The comparable Galaxy Book S and Surface Pro X are both faster machines. Both have better keyboards too, even if you do have to pay extra for the Microsoft model.

What that means is that if your needs for applications are moderate but you need battery life above all else, then the Galaxy Book 2 could be a good option if you can score a bargain on it. Its original asking price of $1,599 is too much to pay for it right now, because it's too close to the substantially better performing Galaxy Book S at that price point. But if you can score old stock at a good discount price, it could be worth considering.

Pricing and availability



Where to buy


If you're happy with the app compromises around Windows 10 on ARM, then the obvious competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Book S. It has slightly less battery endurance than the Galaxy Book 2, but it's a faster machine with a better keyboard for not that much more.

The Microsoft Surface Pro X is your other obvious choice. It's much more nicely designed than the Galaxy Book S, but you pay more for the keyboard and Surface Pen, and its battery life is distinctly worse.


Samsung Galaxy Book 2


Display Size
12 inches
2160 x 1440px
Processor Type
Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
Processor Cores
Operating System
Windows 10




SSD Storage
Expandable Memory Format
Micro SD Card
Card Reader


Battery Life
Up to 10 hours
Rear Camera
Front Camera
HD Recording
Headphone Jack
Product Line
Galaxy Book

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