Samsung Galaxy Book
A new Galaxy Book is displayed inside Samsung's booth during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2017. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Samsung has tried targeting working professionals with its newly unveiled Galaxy Book. The Apple iPad Pro is more like a high-powered tablet that some may feel is slightly over-priced. The Galaxy device is a tablet that can be a direct replacement for a laptop.

The Samsung device has Windows 10 operating system, stylus and keyboard as a bundle. It provides a desktop feel to the tablet, more than the Apple device. The Super AMOLED screen is also a unique selling point for the tablet. However, it will be interesting to see whether the Samsung Galaxy Book can convert Apple loyalists and make them switch. New Atlas has compared the two devices with screen sizes 12-inch for the Book and 12.9-inch for the iPad Pro. Various other sizes are available along with slightly different configuration.

Both devices are tablets first and have optional keyboard accessories that convert them into viable laptop replacements. The Samsung device is a bit thicker and is a smaller device. In the landscape orientation, it is however five percent shorter and 11 percent narrower. The Book is heavier than the iPad though both have aluminium build. While the Galaxy device is available in Silver and Black colour options, the Apple tablet comes in Silver, Gold and Gray. The iPad has a 4:3 display compared to the 3:2 display of Galaxy tab.

The Samsung Galaxy Book has a display resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels and 216ppi, making it a bit less sharper than Apple tablet’s 2,732 x 2,048 pixels and 264ppi. While both the tablets have their own advanced styluses, the 12-inch Galaxy Book has the battery-free S Pen included in the box. Apple fans have to shell out $99 for the stylus. The Apple Pencil charges via the Lightning Port. Even the keyboard accessories have to be bought separately for Apple, though Samsung includes them.

While the Apple iPad Pro only has the 4GB RAM option, the Galaxy Book comes with a 4 or 8GB RAM option. The latter uses a seventh generation Intel core i5 chip, whereas the Apple device has the A9X processor. 128 and 256GB storage options are available for the Galaxy device. The iPad Pro is available in three storage variants, though the 32GB model is available only in the Wi-Fi model. Apple has no microSD option but Samsung has. Even though the Samsung model packs more megapixels in its camera, the iPad Pro is equally efficient in taking amazing photos.

Both are available in standard Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + LTE variants and have similar battery capacities. The USB Type-C ports are included in the Samsung Galaxy Book, while the Apple iPad Pro only has the Lightning port for charging and data transfer. Biometric login is only present in the Apple tab. One runs on Windows 10 while the other on iOS 10.