It's surprising that Samsung has taken so long to launch laptops in India. The brand is highly regarded and has a huge network of stores as well as service centres. In addition to its thriving smartphone ecosystem and home appliance lines, Samsung is one of the top global brands when it comes to monitors and solid-state storage.

It also supplies components to some of the world's biggest brands. We've seen Samsung laptops at international trade shows, and now the first models have finally come to India. The portfolio is relatively small for now, but the company tells us that more models and variants are on the way, from entry-level to gaming

For now, I have a premium ultraportable 2-in-1 model to review, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360. It's available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models, weighing just 1.04kg and 1.41kg respectively. There's also a standard clamshell offering, the Galaxy book 2 Pro,

which is even lighter, starting at just 870g, for those who don't want a 2-in-1. It should be interesting to see how Samsung sets itself apart in a market with several established as well as new brands, so read on.

Samsung has several options listed on its website. There's just one configuration with a 15.6-inch screen. It's priced at Rs. 1,29,990 with an Intel Core i7 CPU, and it's only available in Graphite. The 13.3-inch models are all available only in Silver, and you can choose between a Core i7 CPU for Rs. 1,20,990 and a Core i5 CPU for Rs. 1,15,990.

The Galaxy Book 2 Pro is also offered in the same two screen size options, and there's also only one 15.6-inch option at this time. As for the 13.3-inch versions, the prices are Rs. 1,06,990 for a unit with a Core i5 CPU and Rs. 1,14,990 for a Core i7 CPU, both in Silver.

You can claim a pair of Galaxy Buds 2 true wireless earphones for Rs. 999 with each purchase and get Rs. 5,000 cashback if you're a customer of a certain bank.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 (13.3-inch) design 2-in-1s tend to be somewhat bulky and unwieldy when folded into tablet mode, but the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 might actually be thin and light enough to be practical to use as a tablet. It weighs just 1.04kg and is only 11.5mm thick (when folded closed).

Build quality is solid too. The all-metal body feels sturdy and the hinges are stiff yet smooth. You can flip the lid around in one smooth motion and you only need one finger to raise it. You don't need to hold the base down to lift the lid, which is often the case with ultraportable laptops, but it takes a bit of effort because of the strong magnets holding the lid closed.

Build quality is solid too. The all-metal body feels sturdy and the hinges are stiff yet smooth. You can flip the lid around in one smooth motion and you only need one finger to raise it. You don't need to hold the base down to lift the lid, which is often the case with ultraportable laptops, but it takes a bit of effort because of the strong magnets holding the lid closed.