The Mobile World Congress is all about – surprisingly – mobile devices. Whilst there are a bazillion new smartphones running Android, there are quite a few 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrids running Windows 10 as well.
Windows 10 is everywhere at this year’s MWC; Samsung today announced a spiritual successor to its TabPro S convertible from last year. Samsung is borrowing the Galaxy brand, and calling the new device the Galaxy Book.
Samsung’s Galaxy Book comes in two sizes: 10.6-inches and 12-inches. The 12-inch model is also a tad bit more powerful, but we will get to that in a moment.
Both of these models come with Samsung’s S-Pen and share identical designs. The S-Pen has been updated with a finer tip, making it much more accurate. The accuracy helps with taking notes and other things that require fine movement.
Unfortunately, the tablets don’t come with a slot to tug the S-Pen into. It can, however, attach to the keyboard case.
Speaking of the keyboard case, the tablets come bundled with one. The keyboard comes in two colors – black and white – and feels quite the nice to the touch. The keyboard case for the 10.6-inch model is noticeably cramped, but the keys are identical.
Now, the significant bits. Samsung has made sure that these devices – at no point – feel underpowered.
First, the 12-inch model. There’s a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1Ghz, with options for 4 or 8 GB of RAM. That, powers the 12-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 2160 x 1440. Yes, that’s a 3:2 aspect ratio, rather than the typical 16:9 ratio.
Now, the 10.6-inch model. There’s a noticeably worse 7th generation Intel Core m3 dual-core processor in this one, with 4 GB of RAM. That processor is pumping pixels for the 10.6-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 1920 x 1280. Yes, the 10.6-inch model is also sporting the 3:2 aspect ratio, and thus the odd resolution.
There’s a slight difference in storage options as well; the 10.6-inch model offers 64 or 128 GB of storage, while the 12-inch model offers 128 and 256 GB of storage.
In addition to that, the 12-inch model has a 13-megpixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The 10.6-inch model, however, drops the back camera but keeps the 5-megapixel front camera.
As far as the ports go, most are identical; except, the 10 the 12-inch model has two USB-C ports, while the 10.6-inch model only has one.
The 10.6-inch model is also – for some reason – thicker than the 12-inch model. It’s obvious that the 12-inch model is a much better option, at least if performance and specifications are considered.
These new Windows 2-in-1s look amazing, but the value still yet depends on price. Unfortunately, Samsung has chosen to remain mum on the pricing or launch details. We don’t know when it will arrive, or how much it will cost.
If you do want one of these, you must sit tight and wait for Samsung to reveal more details. Hopefully, that won’t take too long.