Samsung Adorns Intel's Alder Lake 12th Gen Core In Stunning AMOLED Thinness
So, what happens when you meld Intel's new 12th Gen Core series platform with a proven and highly regarded laptop design like the Samsung Galaxy Book series? Say hello to Samsung's new Galaxy Book2 Pro 360. Think of this machine as physically similar to last year's model, but with a few key upgrades and yes, all of the new platform goodness that Intel Alder Lake brings with it. Weighing in at just a hair over 3 lbs -- which is kind of ridiculous for a laptop with a 15.6-inch display -- the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 again brings sleek, understated style in its Graphite, Silver and Burgundy finish offerings. However, the question is, is this machine's swank form backed-up by strong function as well?
Let's run down the specs, look at some key features and then we'll take this new Samsung Galaxy laptop for a spin around the HH test track...
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 Key Features And Specs
Another notable upgrade here is that this year's model now sports an FHD 1080p webcam versus last year's 720p model. It also has built-in bi-directional AI-powered noise cancelling for its dual array mic setup that's supported over Zoom, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and WhatsApp. Finally, the camera also now has something call Studio Mode, with auto framing and face tracking, along with background blur, replacement and other effects for enhancing your video conference production quality.
Beyond these key upgrades, we are also treated to Intel's new 12th Core processor platform, and a 12-core, 16-thread Core i7-1260P CPU that boosts to 4.7GHz. As you'll see in the benchmarks on the following pages, this a major upgrade over last year's model and certainly over any Intel 11th Gen Core powered in this weight class. Also, the platform now brings with it support for LPDDR 5 system memory. And so, in short, Samsung took the opportunity not only to refresh the processing platform of the Galaxy Book2 Pro line, but also some key features that will make a notable difference in user experience and functionality.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 Display, Design, Build Quality And Features
Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 Keyboard, Ports And IO Connectivity
And yes, you can charge this laptop with its included 65 Watt fast charger (40% charge in 30 minutes) from either side USB-C port as well. Simple pleasures, brothers and sisters, simple pleasures.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 Software Tools And Experience
In addition, with Samsung's baked-in Second Screen functionality, you can tap Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab S8 and S7 for duplication or extended desktop mode, much like a multi-monitor setup, with full pen support as well. Finally, Samsung's Link To Windows feature in concert with Microsoft Windows 11 Your Phone functionality, offers a much more complete feature set than we've seen before with the usual Window Your Phone interface. In fact, in addition to typical text messaging and call answering, Samsung's Link To Windows offers full phone control (select Galaxy devices only) from apps, to copy and past file sharing. As you can see above, our Galaxy S22+ is fully represented here and controllable. This is a case where Samsung's work with Dex is paying dividends in a myriad of use cases, this time in driving full smartphone functionality on the desktop, and it works quite well. Bravo.
So yes, Samsung delivered a comprehensive feature set here with the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360, as well as true software innovations. But how does this new Intel 12th Gen Core-power Evo ultralight performance in the benchmarks? Let's have a look...