Samsung Galaxy Book Review: A Windows 10 Tablet With An iPad Pro Attachable Keyboard

Mar 03, 2017 07:30 AM EST | Ed Saludes

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Samsung unveiled its latest device, the Galaxy Book, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week. Few months of speculations pointed at the unveiling of the Galaxy S8 smartphone at MWC. That didn't materialize, with the South Korean giant introducing a two-in-one hybrid computers designed for corporate users.

The Galaxy Book doesn't seem to fit into the laptop category. Samsung posits it as a hybrid tablet with productivity features of a PC. The device is an update to Samsung's flagship Android tablet, Galaxy Tab 3, but is also a rebrand of its high-end Windows 2-in-1 tablet computer.

Buyers can opt for two versions of the tablet - 10.6 inches and 12 inches. The larger tablet boasts a 2160 x 1440 AMOLED screen and is powered by a 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB of SSD storage. The 10.6-inch variant sports a Full HD LCD screen with a dual-core Intel Core m3 processor and 64GB of storage. The former has a 13MP rear camera while the latter does not have.

Due to the Galaxy Book's hybrid design, the device can be used as a tablet or notebook. An S-Pen support is available to enable writing or drawing on the screen. Another feature called the Samsung Flow can turn the tablet into a hotspot and allows users to reply texts.

The hybrid PC market is currently the bailiwicks of devices from Lenovo, HP, and Microsoft. It remains to be seen if the Galaxy Book can stand shoulder to shoulder with these brands.  

It is also inevitable to compare this tablet to the market's leading brands - Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 4. According to CNET, the Samsung flagship looks like an attractive alternative to the Surface Pro 4. For PC Advisor, the Galaxy Book is the better choice for productivity while the iPad Pro is the better device for entertainment.

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