Samsung announced a new tablet series called Galaxy Book 12 and Galaxy Book 10.6 on 27 February at MWC (Mobile World Congress). Here are our specification and hardware review of the surface book competitor the Samsung Galaxy-Book.
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Galaxy Book Specifications
|Platform:||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Pro|
|Kind Of Clocks||Frequency [MHz]|
|Intel Kabylake-U Corei5-7200|
|LPDDR3, Onboard, 4/8 GB|
|12″ AMOLED, 2166X1440|
|Intel HD Graphics|
|128/256GB SSD, M.2 SATA|
|Qualcomm QCA6174A-5, 802.11b/g/n/a/ac, BT4.1|
|SOLUM, EP-TA300, 25W|
|EB-BW720ABA, Li-ion, 39.04Wh (5070mAh)|
|REAR: 13M CMOS, Front : 5M CMOS|
|Keyboard Cover, PS2 touchpad|
|2xUSB3.0 C-Type port, 1xSIM/microSD|
The manufacturer has confirmed that the devices tested have the same physical, mechanical and thermal characteristics are within operational tolerances expected for production units.
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|Device Dimension :||Overall (Length x Width): 287.5 mm x 196 mm|
Overall Diagonal: 348 mm
Display Diagonal: 315 mm
|Battery Options||Standard (Li-ion Battery)|
|Device Serial Numbers||Mode||Serial Number|
|UMTS 850, LTE 13||354771080001082|
|UMT1900, LTE 2/4/5||354771080001082|
|WiFi 2.4GHz, 5GHz / Bluetooth||354771080001108|
|Several samples with identical hardware were used to SAR testing.|
The most important part of a Tablet is its screen which can either make the whole experience just amazing or can only destroy the entire user experience, and luckily this tablet seems to have a 12″ AMOLED Display with a resolution of 2166X1440, and that means that the whole user experience will be simply amazing.
To make the whole experience even better, this Tablet has Intel HD Graphics which are pretty amazing when it comes to work and multimedia. Intel HD Graphics are surely not for hardcore gaming but still can run many games smoothly.
Considering the size of the Display, an AMOLED Display with that resolution will influence many people.
Chipset & RAM
After the Display, The most Important part of a Tablet is its Processor and RAM, and this beauty packs the Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor (Kaby Lake) that aims to handle whatever content demands you can throw at it. As for the RAM, This Tablet will have only
As for the RAM, This Tablet will have only 4GB RAM which surely seems small as now even the smartphones are starting to have 6GB RAM, but that is overkilling. 4GB RAM is definitely enough to handle any task that you’ll be doing on this Tablet. Since there are going to be four variants of Galaxy Book 12 and Book 10.6.
We may see a 6GB RAM and an 8GB RAM option. There isn’t much to talk about the Processor and RAM. The configuration is perfect to handle any task that you will do on this tablet.
When we are talking about a 2-in-1 Tablet, We don’t consider to look at the camera and its expected because we have our smartphones to take pictures and record videos but not everybody does that. Some people want a good camera in a Tablet, and for those people, Samsung is going to add a
Some people want a good camera in a Tablet, and for those people, Samsung is going to add a 13M rear camera and a 5M front camera which will be as good as or better than the cameras on your smartphone. It is extremely beneficial for those people who use video chatting a lot. You are a business man who needs to use video chatting to attend your foreign clients, or you are a simple person who likes to video chat with your relatives and friends, You will be able to do it all with this Tablet.
It is extremely beneficial for those people who use video chatting a lot. You are a business man who needs to use video chatting to attend your foreign clients, or you are a simple person who likes to video chat with your relatives and friends, You will be able to do it all with this Tablet.
OS & Connectivity
We all know about Windows, and We love using it. It’s much more convenient and more suitable for a 2-in-1 Tablet. Samsung Galaxy Book will run on Windows 10. You’ll be getting four variants of Samsung Galaxy Book. SM-W720 will not have LTE support and will run on Windows 10 Home.
SM-W723 will also not support LTE but will run on Windows 10 Pro. Now SM-W727 will run on Windows 10 Home just like SM-W720 but will have LTE support and SM-W728 will run on Windows 10 Pro and will have LTE support so you can decide which one to get.
This Tablet will have Qualcomm QCA6174A-5, 802.11b/g/n/a/ac WLAN chip which will help this Tablet get all the connectivity you need. As for the Bluetooth, This Tablet will have BT4.1 support so you can use Bluetooth speakers and headphones as well.
Storage and Ports
As far as storage is concerned, Galaxy Book will have a 128GB SSD which is sufficient to store music, documents, and pictures. If you need more storage than 128GB, you’ll have a microSD card slot to expand the storage and store more data. This time Samsung will be using USB3.0 C-Type port and not just one port two ports, and that’s quite good.
If you need more storage than 128GB, you’ll have a microSD card slot to expand the storage and store more data. This time Samsung will be using USB3.0 C-Type port and not just one port two ports, and that’s quite good.
When we are talking about portability, the battery is also a concern most people have. Unlike the previous generation Samsung Galaxy TabPro S’s 5,200mAh Battery, the new Galaxy Book will have a smaller 5070mAh Battery which can be a bad move by Samsung.
The Intel Core M-Series processors are low powered and are battery efficient due to which the battery backup of TabPro S was great, but with a smaller battery and a powerful processor, things can go wrong. So the battery backup will be average.
Samsung Galaxy Book Price
There are no details about the standard price in the FCC listing, but from what we got to know from our sources, the price may go from $799 to $1349 depending on the different variants. Just like the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, The S-Pen stylus and keyboard cover are included, and that’s a great thing because it is one of the reasons behind the success of Galaxy TabPro S.
Price In the US(United States Of America)
The 10.6-inch Galaxy Book 10 with Wi-Fi only starts at $629.99, while the 12-inch, Wi-Fi only Galaxy Book 12 starts at $1,129.99. Add LTE to that larger model, and the price jumps to $1,299.99.
Price In the UK(United Kingdom)
The 10.6-inch model will have 64GB of internal storage offering a WiFi-only (£649) and LTE (£739) variant.
The 12-inch WiFi-only 126GB model is £1,269, and the 256GB model is £1,269. A Pro model will be available for £1, 439 featuring LTE and 256GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Book Release Date
As for the Release Date, It is expected to be announced at MWC this year, and that’s no surprise considering the timing of the FCC listing. We now know almost everything about Samsung Galaxy Book, but Samsung still has the Element of Surprise and who knows what will happen at MWC. Samsung may also launch this with upcoming Galaxy J3 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017. Let’s just wait and see what happens.
Release Date In The US
The Galaxy Book 12 with LTE was launched on April 21st, and you can pre-order both of the Wi-Fi-only models on the same date from Samsung.com and “select retailers including Best Buy.” General availability started a month later on May 21st.
Release Date In The UK
Available in the UK on June 16, time will tell if the Galaxy Book is a mere upstart of it if can challenge the likes of Apple and Microsoft hybrids.
So far the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 8GB RAM model look promising to the potential hybrid buyers. We think that It is the best surface book competitor so far.