A major competitor for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 debuts today: an LTE-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Book is now available from Verizon. Pre-orders for two Wi-Fi versions of this Windows 10-based 2-in-1 have also just begun.
We were at the U.S. unveiling of this tablet with removable keyboard and active pen, and called it an “attractive device for users that need enterprise-grade performance in a lightweight flexible form factor.”
Galaxy Book Pricing and Availability
Prices for the different variants of the Galaxy Book are only now being announced. Verizon is just offering the 12-inch version, for which it’s asking $1,299.99. Those who don’t need built-in 4G LTE can get this computer with a 12-inch display starting at $1,129.99, or 10.6-inch screen starting at $629.99.
Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi versions can be placed now at Samsung.com or other retailers, with the release scheduled for May 21. The Galaxy Book is being offered nationwide in a silver casing, but a black casing is a Best Buy exclusive.
This product comes bundled with the latest iteration of the S Pen pressure-sensitive stylus. Unlike the rival Surface Pro 4, Samsung’s offering also comes with a clip-on keyboard.
More Galaxy Book Specs
The 12-inch version of this two-in-1 is built around a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 dual-core 3.1 GHz processor. The 10.6-inch version uses a Core m3 dual-core 2.6GHz chip.
Verizon’s model comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage capacity. Those who chose the 12-inch W-Fi model can get it with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The 10.6-inch Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Book has 4 GB of RAM, and it can be configured with up to 128GB capacity. All models allow users to add additional storage using a microSD card.