Samsung Takes a Jab at Microsoft’s Surface with the New Galaxy Book

Samsung isn’t sitting MWC 2017 out, that’s for certain. The company today took time to unveil the Galaxy Book, a Windows 10-powered tablet/laptop convertible that aims to compete with Microsoft’s Surface lineup of 2-in-1s.

There’s two models available: one’s called the Galaxy Book 10, while the other’s known as the Galaxy Book 12. And in case you didn’t assume so, they get their names from their screen sizes, with the former featuring a 10.6-inch 1920×1280 TFT LCD display and the latter featuring a 12-inch Super AMOLED HDR display. Spec-wise, we’re looking at a dual-core Intel Core m3 processor clocked at 2.4GHz, 4GB of RAM, either 64 or 128GB of expandable storage via microSD card, LTE support, a 5MP front-facing camera, a single USB-C port, and a 30.4Wh battery which Samsung says lasts 10 hours for the Book 10. For the Book 12, things get upgraded to a full-fledged dual-core Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1GHz, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and a 5MP front camera, two USB-C ports, LTE support, and a 39.4Wh battery which Samsung says will last up to 10.5 hours on a full charge. Both of these 2-in-1s are powered by Windows 10, offer fast charging, and come bundled with a keyboard.

In addition, Samsung’s new Galaxy Book supports the company’s new S Pen which can detect up to 4096 points of pressure at once. The Pen features a rubber 0.7mm tip and never needs to be charged, according to the company. Additional features such as Screen Off Memo and PDF Annotation arrive on the software side of things to offer further functionality from the given hardware.

Last year’s Galaxy TabPro 3 included a keyboard cover as well, which Samsung says they borrowed for the Galaxy Book. However, in this case, the company decided to increase the key travel for a better typing experience, include a backlight, and enlarge the trackpad by 50%. Therefore, the Galaxy Book should be more enjoyable to interact with for these reasons.

Pricing isn’t yet known for either Galaxy Book nor is their release date, but we’ll obviously let you know when that information arrives.