Coming out of MWC in Barcelona, Samsung has introduced a new line of Windows-powered two-in-one tablets, the Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12. True to their names, this is fundamentally the same detachable keyboard tablet, one with a 10-inch display, the other with a 12-inch panel, and both with support for the S Pen.
Keeping in line with other pro-level Windows tablets on the market, the Galaxy Book appears a nice upgrade from the TabPro S, and a proper competitor in the Surface Pro 4 type device market.
With two different types of user in mind, Samsung has built the Galaxy Book 10 with lighter specs than the Galaxy Book 12. We suspect the idea was to have the 10-inch version relate more to an Android tablet, Chromebook or the iPad Pro line while the 12-inch model is designed to take on the likes of the Surface Pro 4 and the Huawei Matebook.
Samsung remains true to their basic recipe for a hybrid tablet, at least as far as the TabPro S was concerned. The keyboard and skinny track pad are built into a fully wraparound leather-feel case for the tablet, magnets keep everything in place and secure the keyboard connection. A few basic display angles are supported, with the ingenious hinge assembly to ensure connection through the angles.
The tablet itself remains a fairly small bezel device surrounding the displays, with minimal ports and buttons around the edges. A metal frame wraps around to meet the glass in front, USB Type-C ports accompany the 3.5mm headphone jack on one side, with buttons on the top edge. This is all in landscape orientation, buy the way, due to the long magnetic slot and keyboard connector pins on the bottom edge.
The Galaxy Book 10 features a 10.6-inch display at Full HD resolution, 1920 x 1080. There is a 5MP rear camera, a 7th Gen. Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of RAM and either a 64GB or 128GB SSD.
The Galaxy Book 12 steps up to a 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 resolution SAMOLED panel. It has a 13MP rear camera, larger battery, a 7th Gen. Intel Core i5 processor and your choice of 4GB of RAM with 128GB SSD or 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD.
With specs like these, we hesitate to call the Galaxy Book a laptop replacement. We’re still waiting to find out what the graphics processing is, and even at the larger 8GB of RAM option with 256GB SSD, we suspect you’ll easily find higher spec’d laptops for less money. Also, you’ll be able to handle some light gaming with the current two-in-one options, but nothing like a similarly priced laptop can offer.
|Samsung Galaxy Book 10||Samsung Galaxy Book 12|
|Display||10.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, TFT LCD||12-inch, 2160 x 1440, sAMOLED|
|Processor||Intel Core m3 7th Gen.||Intel Core i5 7th Gen.|
|RAM||4GB||4GB or 8GB|
|Internal Storage||64GB or 128GB SSD||128GB or 256GB SSD|
|Operating system||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Camera||5MP rear||13MP rear|
|Connectivity options||WiFi a/b/g/n/ac MIMO|
|WiFi a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
|I/O ports||2x USB Type-C|
|2x USB Type-C
Under the hood on both is Windows 10. A fairly stock Microsoft software experience is only really modified by the addition of support and features for Samsung’s S Pen. Most all functions you would find on the Android S Pen experience carry over to this Windows tablet, but unlike the Note series of phones, there is no slot to store the fancy input device.
Unlike many smart pens for windows tablets, Samsung says we will not need a battery for their Galaxy Book S Pen. 4000 levels of pressure sensitivity are at your fingertips, going far beyond the 1024 levels of most competition. The battery situation is actually fairly exciting for me, the smart pen for the Huawei Matebook seems to need more charging than I would have imagined. It is likely my holder is holding the button in when in storage, killing the pen battery. I’d enjoy not having to think about that.
Price & Availability
Samsung is tight lipped on official release date and pricing thus far. Despite our opinion that the 10-inch version should clock in at about $500 to be competitive, I suspect more of a $700 price tag. Then, we can see the Galaxy Book 12 starting around $900.
Truth is, we can speculate all day, please stay tuned for official pricing and availability information as Samsung announces it.
With similar specifications to competing two-in-one tablets on the market, we look forward to seeing how these new tablets stand up. Particularly, we are glad to see the use of the i series processors, we respect what the m series of Intel chipsets were built to do, but having used both, the i series always feel faster in real world application.
The Samsung Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12 look to be a solid update to the TabPro S, if only an incremental one. Productivity should benefit from the new S Pen support and we’d be happy to see an increase in battery life over the TabPro S.
What do you think so far, are you more interested in the consumer friendly Galaxy Book 10, or looking for a laptop replacement in the Galaxy Book 12?
Make sure to check out our Samsung Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12 hands-on experience from MWC 2017.