Samsung announced its new Galaxy Book2 Pro as well as the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 in a live stream event on Sunday, February 28, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show.
The Book2 Pro 360 integrates S Pen (stylus) functionality and doubles up as a tablet, while the Book2 Pro comes with 5G.
Both the Book2 Pro and Book2 Pro 360 will be available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch versions with a 1080p AMOLED display and they will also feature Intel's 12th Gen Intel Core processor. Samsung says it has worked closely with the chipmaker to ensure full processor optimization.
Samsung skipped Barcelona's MWC event last year, opting instead to make its biggest announcements in the digital space. Now, on its physical return for MWC 2022, the South Korean tech giant revealed a series of laptops tailor-made to boost remote work efficiency and security — devices that likely wouldn't exist in their current form were it not for the pandemic.
Samsung has touted the Book2 Pro's 5G connectivity as well as the fact that its new laptops meet Microsoft's secured-core PC requirements — making them the first consumer devices to meet Microsoft's requirements, following a collaboration between the two companies. In a statement, Samsung bore the tagline "enterprise-level security meets mobile freedom." The company didn't go into great detail on what this entailed, though it did say its new Galaxy Book2 Pro lineup "features deeply integrated hardware, firmware, and software to boost protection against potential cyber-attacks."
A.I.-powered remote work
Among the Book2 Pro series' standout remote work-centric features are the upgraded 1080p wide-angle webcams and their new Auto Framing feature, which uses A.I. algorithms to keep the caller centered in the frame even if they move around their workspace. Bi-directional AI noise canceling, meanwhile, blocks out background noise so users can be heard, even from a loud cafe. The 13-inch Book2 Pro is also incredibly lightweight, weighing 1.9 pounds — as a point of reference, Apple's MacBook Air weighs 2.8 pounds.
At its MWC stall, Samsung also highlighted its plans to incorporate recycled materials in all of its new products and eliminate plastic in mobile packaging by 2025. The touchpad holder and the inner bracket of the Galaxy Book2 Pro series, in fact, are made using repurposed discarded fishing nets, Samsung said. The tech firm explains that the laptops in their entirety are composed of 20 percent reclaimed ocean-bound plastics (OBP).
So, all in all, the Book2 Pro series is very much a product of its time, and it reflects the world's tentative step towards regaining a semblance of normality at the same time as incorporating remote work-centric innovations that were accelerated by the pandemic.