Samsung Galaxy Book Hands-On Preview

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Samsung has teamed up with Windows to deliver a new sleek two-in-one. While Samsung is known for delivering some of the best Android tablets on the market, the company is offering a new Windows 10 hybrid aimed at enterprise users. The Samsung Galaxy Book is clearly taking a page out of Microsoft’s book — as the device looks to combine powerful PC specs in a portable tablet-like frame — resembling Microsoft’s own Surface Pro. However, the Galaxy Book isn’t a simple rehash, shipping with the S Pen and unique features such as Samsung Flow there’s enough here to separate this enterprise focused two-in-one from the competition.

Slim But Powerful

The Galaxy Book will be available in both 10-inch and 12-inch variants. Both models share a similar design with a clean silver metallic frame, curved edges and a thin profile. The Galaxy Book ships with a detachable keyboard and S Pen.

The larger Galaxy Book is the more powerful of the pair, featuring a 3.1GHz Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a MicroSD slot capable of expanding the internal storage with up to an additional 256GB, and optional LTE connectivity. The Galaxy Book houses a gorgeous 1440p AMOLED screen and two USB-Type C ports for fast charging and connectivity. Samsung manages to cram all of that in a thin 7.4mm thick frame.

The 10-inch variant version features slightly scaled-down specs, including a 2.6GHz 7th generation Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB or RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It only offers a single Type-C USB port, and a lower resolution 1280p AMOLED screen.

Unfortunately, NBR didn’t get a chance to test out the 10-inch version of the Galaxy Book, but the beefier 12-inch did seem incredibly responsive during our brief testing.

All Included

In addition to the impressive array of specs, the Galaxy Book will also ship with an improved detachable keyboard and S Pen stylus. The keyboard features LED backlighting and a sturdier base than the keyboards previously offered with the Galaxy Tab. There definitely is a noticeable improvement. The keyboard stand securely holds the two-in-one in place. Key compression is shallow as you’d expect, but the tactile feedback was consistent enough to make it a viable option for word processing.  

The stylus is relatively thin and easy to grip. It features a rubber tip that travels comfortably across the screen affording a great deal of control and precision. The added tilt support, provides more control, allowing users to create thicker lines when drawing at an angle, creating a more natural writing experience. The only thing that felt like it was a missing was the adaptive writing features that were introduced in the Samsung Chromebook. However, the absence is understandable considering the Galaxy Book utilizes a different stylus.

Stay Connected with Samsung Flow

Samsung Flow isn’t exactly new, but the company told us that they’re really want to get behind the feature with the Samsung Galaxy Book. The feature sort of works like iMessage for Apple products (only for Galaxy Devices), syncing messages across your phone, tablet, and computer. For example, text messages sent to your phone can be mirrored onto the Galaxy Book, and users can respond from there. However, Samsung seems to think that enterprise users will be more interested in the added security features that come with Flow. In addition to messaging, Samsung Flow also allows users to sync and lock their tablet or laptop with their Galaxy Phone. It’s a pretty niche feature, but it certainly has its uses for people in a field such as finance and insurance, where you’re constantly storing confidential information on your device.

While this is a nice feature it’s important to know that there is a caveat, Samsung Flow only works between Galaxy devices. So if you have an Apple phone you won’t be able to utilize this feature. Still it’s a nice little addition for those who own a Galaxy handset.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Book is certainly built with the same conventions of the Microsoft Surface Pro, but everything has been polished and refined. The design is slimmer yet it packs beefier specs and a gorgeous AMOLED display. Included accessories and added features such as Samsung Flow only help to sweeten the deal.

All of this combines to create a pretty attractive device for users that need enterprise-grade performance in a lightweight flexible form factor. However, we can’t quite sign off on the Galaxy Book until we get official pricing from Samsung. Samsung has yet to announce a release date or pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Book, but NBR will be sure to keep an eye out for the promising two-in-one later this year.

 

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  1. sooomitin

    Too bad that the 10″ version has no HDR or performance version. 12″ can be unwieldy as a tab although better as a laptop. Nevertheless, this 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard sounds the best till date. If Samsung can manage a good battery life in reality, I’m up for it.