Samsung may have restrained itself from unveiling its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagship smartphones at the MWC this year, but it still has some powerful hardware to showcase at the mega event in Barcelona. Meet, the all new Windows 10 powered Samsung Galaxy Book 12 and Galaxy Book 9.
The Samsung Galaxy Book range are apparently targeted towards consumers who are looking forward to feature-packed powerful tablets that can get their job done. Samsung claims that the perception of average consumers towards tablets have changed. Professionals are now looking forward to powerful portable tablets that replace their bulky laptops while working on the go. To put things into the context, the Samsung Galaxy Book can be referred to as the Korean electronics maker’s take on the Microsoft Surface Book.
The Samsung Galaxy Book is an ultra-portable tablet that comes with a pogo connector for attaching a dockable keyboard. It comes in two form factors – one comes with a 10.6 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display while the other sports a 12-inch Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,440) AMOLED panel. Samsung claims that larger of the Galaxy Books come with the biggest AMOLED panel currently available in the market. And to make good use of this real estate, Samsung has brought forward the HDR support of its TV to the larger Galaxy Book.
With that said, a larger display with a high resolution often drains the battery too much and thereby resulting in a very low on screen time. It, however, isn’t the case with any of these portable tablets. The 10.6-inch and 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Books comes with generous 30 and 39-watt hour batteries. Samsung claims that these batteries can last you approximately 10 hours on a single charge. That aside, charging them isn’t really a hassle thanks to their Quick Charge support.
It goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 packs better processor under the hood. Powered by the 7th gen quad-core Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake chip clocked at 3.1GHz, the Galaxy Book 12 has enough fire power in it to match up with a standard desktop. Apart from that, it has 4GB or 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB SSD and two USB Type-C ports. In a welcome addition, the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 comes with a 4G LTE SIM slot and an additional MicroSD card slot. There’s also a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP front snapper for making conference calls.
The smaller 10.6 inch Galaxy Book, on the other hand, comes with an Intel Core M dual core chip clocked at 2.6Ghz. This is mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage. It’s worth noting that this version of the Galaxy Book apparently misses out on a rear camera. It also comes with a single USB 3.1 Type-C port.
Despite the difference in specs, there’s one little yet significant feature that’s common with both the tablets. Well, it’s the S Pen. This S Pen is same as the one bundled into the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. It can detect up to 4096 pressure levels. The stylus comes with a single button for accessing on-screen controls. The new S Pen is also longer and bigger than its predecessors. Besides, Samsung has cut down the bulk of the S Pen, as it’s tip is now thinner at just 0.7mm.
Samsung Galaxy Books run on a full-blown version of Windows 10, similar to the one found in the Microsoft Surface Book. Despite unveiling these two tablets at the MWC, Samsung hasn’t yet touched upon the pricing information for the same. Stey tuned for more details.