Samsung Galaxy Book specs and features: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 gains a competitor

By @ULB1N on
Samsung Galaxy Book
The Samsung Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 tablet that is full of functional and delightful features. Samsung

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has gained a competitor. Samsung has launched the Windows 10-based Galaxy Book, and it looks like the South Korean electronics giant is giving the Redmond, Washington-based tech titan a run for its money. The Samsung Galaxy Book is sleek, sturdy and, hopefully, competitive price-wise.

The Samsung Galaxy Book comes in two variants: a 10.6-inch model and a 12-inch version. The 10.6-inch variant furnishes a TFT LCD display with a 1,920 x 1,280 screen resolution while the larger model sports an HDR-capable AMOLED display with a 2,160 x 1,440 screen resolution. The Surface, meanwhile, is only available in one, albeit larger, form: a 12.3-inch unit with a 2,736 x 1,824 screen resolution.

Powering the smaller Galaxy Book variant is a 7th generation Intel Core m3 running at 2.6 GHz. It comes with 4 GB of RAM plus 64 GB and 128 GB storage options. The 12-inch model, on the other hand, packs a 7th generation Intel Core i5 running at 3.1 GHz. The larger unit is available in two memory options: one with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, and another with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB memory.

Each Samsung Galaxy Book variant comes with an external microSD slot that is expandable up to 256 GB. The company is set to make LTE versions of the Galaxy Book, too.

Samsung’s latest 2-in-1 tablet is full of functional and delightful features. It comes with a Pogo keyboard alongside a new and improved S Pen, which has over 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity while also dropping the need for charging or Bluetooth tethering to the device. One feature that separates the Samsung Galaxy Book from the Surface Pro 4 is the S Pen’s ability to create brushstrokes of different widths, which should bode well for those with creative talents.

According to PC World, the Galaxy Book’s Samsung Flow feature, which directs Galaxy smartphone notifications straight to the tablet, is impressive. Not to be outdone is the Pogo keyboard, with its three levels of backlighting and 1.5 mm of key travel.

There are a couple of drawbacks to the Galaxy Book, though. The S Pen can’t be physically tethered to the device as there is no storage hole available on the framework. The other downside is that Samsung Flow only works with Galaxy handsets.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Book is an impressive device. Only time will tell if it can successfully take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Samsung has yet to announce the pricing and release details of the Galaxy Book, so stay tuned to IBTimes Australia for updates.

RELATED STORIES:

Samsung Galaxy S8 first look: Upcoming flagship looks stunning

Old Nokia 3310 vs New Nokia 3310: What’s the difference