New Samsung 12″ Galaxy Book Tablet Makes Microsoft Surface Pro Look Like Yesterdays’ Technology
Samsung has used the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to launch a new 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book that some say will make you think twice about buying a laptop, it also makes the Microsoft Surface Pro look like Yesterdays technology.
There is also a 10-inch S3 version which offers lesser specs, however the star of the show is the 12″ version that takes it right up to the overpriced Apple offering. It’s also a serious contender to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which is heavily out speced by the new Samsung offering.
What’s nice about the 12″ size is the screens, with a 3:2 aspect ratio, it accommodates documents and browser windows when you use them in landscape mode with a keyboard.
The Galaxy Book weighs 0.72 Kilo runs Windows 10, and sports a redesigned S Pen stylus and a surprisingly good keyboard cover.
According to Wired, the backlit keys offer plenty of travel, and sufficient spacing to feel like you’re typing on a 13-inch laptop. The touchpad provides plenty of space while a pair of USB-C 3.1 ports let you add your peripherals.
The tablet has a glass back and front that’s neatly contained within a metal frame. Round the sides, you’ll find four speakers plus a microSD slot and USB C. The only design similarity between it and the S2 is the appearance of a physical home button on the tablet’s front.
The combination of factors give the Tab S3 a nicely premium feel and better looking than its arch-rival, the Pixel C. Build quality felt solid but, as with all glass back devices, I’m not 100% convinced it’d survive anything more than a slight accidental drop or bump unscathed.
That matte-finish S Pen feels like a 0.7mm rollerball, and you don’t need to charge it or the new Samsung keyboard.
Several people who saw the new Samsung offering last night at Mobile World Congress said that the Galaxy Book beats the Surface Pro in terms of feeds and speeds. It sports newer internals, with Intel’s 3.1GHz “Kaby Lake” Core i5 dual-core CPU. Fully loaded it provides 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 256GB SSD. A microSD slot doubles the storage, so long as you provide the card. The base model features Wi-Fi, and Samsung will offer a 4G LTE option.
These new Galaxy Books run Windows, but Samsung isn’t abandoning Android tablets. The new 10-inch Galaxy Tab S3 features a Snapdragon 820 and an AMOLED.
Gaming on the tablet has been taken up a notch, due to a streamlined UX and the addition of a new Game Launcher. The latter features options to help users get more out of their gaming experience, allowing them to optimize their device’s battery to lengthen a gaming session, live broadcast their gaming, and turn off notifications with ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode so they can better focus on the action at hand.
To add even more fun, Samsung also included access to the Galaxy Game Pack. Worth over $400 in value and available in 40 games, including exhilarating titles built with the Galaxy Tab S3-supported, graphics-optimizing Vulkan API, the package offers users access to unique and exclusive in-game benefits that allow them to fully enjoy some of the world’s most popular games.
The S Pen boasts a fine, 0.7mm tip and industry-leading sensitivity, recognizing 4,096 levels of pressure. Slide-proof and measuring just over 9mm thick, the S Pen provides a comfortable and stable grip that allows for a more natural handwriting experience overall.
Useful S Pen features include Screen-off Memos, Samsung Notes and Air Command. Samsung Notes consolidates the functions of four Samsung notetaking applications in one simple app, while Air Command provides convenient access to a wide array of tools such as Translate, Magnify, Glance and Smart Select, which now lets users create, save and share their own animated GIFs.
Users may also utilize the implement’s handy PDF Annotation function to get work done on the go, or unleash their creativity with artistic apps such as Recolor, ArtRage and Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro, as well as PEN.UP, a global art community for Galaxy users, and the music-creation app Soundcamp.