Samsung takes on the Surface, launches Galaxy Book 10.6″ and 12″
Samsung wants to make it clear that Microsoft’s Surface and Apple’s iPad Pro are far from the only tablets meant for productivity. The company’s new Galaxy Book, is Samsung’s latest attempt at making a Windows tablet suited for both work and entertainment that support new S Pen features, come with keyboards and are light enough to carry around.
Galaxy Book 12″:
The 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book is a higher-end version with top-shelf specs. It features a crazy-sharp super-AMOLED screen and one of Intel’s latest low-voltage Kaby Lake processors. Aside from the Core i5, and offering an 8GB DRAM/256GB storage model, the key element of the 12-inch device is the Super AMOLED display running at 2160×1440 which Samsung states supports videos in HDR 10-bit. The 10.6-inch version will use a 1920×1280 TFT LCD display.
The larger device will use a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, and both units have a 5MP front facing camera. Aside from microSD support, users will also get USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Both units will come with Windows 10, support for the next generation S Pen using a new 0.7mm tip and in ‘screen off’ mode which allows for note taking without the display being on.
Battery for the units comes in at 30.4 Wh for the smaller one, and 39.04 Wh for the larger display. Samsung is quoting around 10 hours of use for both and both will have access to fast charging.
Galaxy Book 10.6″:
The smaller version isn’t very low powered as well, and can easily compete with the entry level Surface Pro 4.
- 1,920×1,280-pixel resolution
- 2.6GHz dual-core seventh-gen Intel Core m3
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB or 128GB storage
- MicroSD card slot expandable up to 256GB
- LTE models available
- USB-Type C port
By including the detachable keyboard and S-Pen stylus in the Galaxy Book’s base price, Samsung aims for the same target, but as a complete out-of-the-box solution.
Samsung is also including its Flow software, which is available for Samsung Galaxy Devices only. Comparable to how iMessage syncs across Apple iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, the Flow software allows text messages to sync across Samsung Galaxy devices. [Know More]
We shall update the pricing and availability soon.