Samsung Galaxy Book is again targeting Surface and iPad Pro. Two Windows tablets with the removable keyboard, powerful CPUs, and control pin bring the manufacturer to the MWC. In the shortest time of the Galaxy Book, we find that the new features are able to iron out a few weaknesses of the predecessor Tab Pro S. The prices range between 800 and 1200 euros.
In the absence of a new smartphone flagship, we have to wait for the Galaxy S8 is tablets are the Samsung stars at the Mobile World Congress 2017. We have already presented the Galaxy Tab Pro S3 in detail. However, if you are looking for a laptop replacement, you should take a look at the optional 10.6 or 12.0 inch Galaxy Book models. But be careful: these differ not only in the display size but also in their technical data.
For example, only the 12-inch version offers a super AMOLED screen, up to 256 gigabytes of SSD memory and a maximum of eight gigabytes of RAM. The smaller 10.6-inch variant has to be satisfied with an LCD and a maximum of 128 gigabytes of eMMC memory as well as four gigabytes of RAM. Another important difference: The small GalaxyBook comes without an Intel Core m3 processor without the fan. This is necessary with the more powerful 12-inch book because here is a Core i5 with up to 3.2 gigahertz in it.
Design, processing, and keyboard: Samsung is getting better
Both our present variants of the Galaxy Book are as well processed as the Galaxy Tab S3. Samsung has once again added, in the positive sense. We cannot recognize external production deficiencies and the so-called Detachable lie very well in the hand.
The magnetically adherent keyboards are connected via Pogo pins. Similar to Apple’s iPad Pro series, the interface transmits both data and power, is very compact and often eliminates the need for a little tedious pairing process via Bluetooth.
In the previous Galaxy Tab Pro S we still complained about the low stroke of the buttons. The writing feeling was also in our opinion also improved. Samsung has listened to us – on the new GalaxyBook keyboards, you can now write longer texts painlessly and frustratingly thanks to a deeper stroke and a crisp pressure point. Also, the trackpad is okay, but here we would have wanted a larger version. The place would be in principle.
Unfortunately, only the keyboard of the 12-inch model has backlit keys. For this purpose, the keyboards can now be folded over in tablet mode regardless of their size and are automatically deactivated in this breath.
Samsung Galaxy Book Specifications
The keyboards are included as well as the control pins. As with the S3 tab, Samsung, unfortunately, found no way to accommodate the S-Pen in the case. But here, too, there is the possibility to purchase an optional loop that is glued to the case and where the pen then finds a safe place.
The over 4000 pressure stages are detected by Wacom layer. We could not find a latency in the first hands-on, the writing was correspondingly acceptable. Samsung installed a handful of programs on the Windows devices that support the S-Pen from home, including a PDF editor.
Display: Little differences between AMOLED and LCD
We were surprised how small the difference between the Super AMOLED display of the 12-inch version and the IPS-LCD of the 10.6-inch version with our first impression is.
Of course, the 12-inch radiator looks more brilliant, more powerful. But the LCD display can also be seen. Even from very sharp angles, color reversals do not occur and colors are also very well balanced.
In the Samsung Flow: collaboration between smartphone and 2-in-1
If you keep your NFC-enabled smartphone at a certain location in the GalaxyBook, a connection between the two devices is built seamlessly. Then, smartphones and tablets communicate with each other via Bluetooth and messages, reminders and more run on the large tablet display.
Even the answer an SMS over the large keyboard is then easily possible because the GalaxyBook uses the network connection of the smartphone – practical thing.
Samsung Galaxy Book: price and availability
The exact prices for the Galaxy Book series keep Samsung still under lock and key. The 10.6-inch version should cost about 800 euros, for the 12-inch version you should calculate about 1,200 euros. The market launch should be in April – an exact release date has not yet been mentioned.
Samsung has improved the Tab Pro S in the right places and expanded it to the Galaxy Book. Both model variants leave a good impression in the short test. Thanks to now almost unlimited keyboards, this tablet can actually be used as a laptop replacement. In this context, however, it is a pity that there is the large 12-inch model with only Core i5 processor. We miss a big Galaxy Book with Core i3 CPU, which is sufficient for most everyday tasks and no fan needed and the price of presumably 1200 euros a little.