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Samsung begins assault on Microsoft Surface, begins pre-orders for Galaxy Book

A couple of months have passed since Samsung announced its intent to field a lightweight laptop under the Galaxy brand, the Samsung Galaxy Book, and the company has begun delivering on its promise. If you are in the US, April 21st is the first day the devices are available for Pre-order.

The Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 device, similar to the Microsoft Surface in design, but with a lower price tag. It is not, however, powered by any ARM processor nor does it use anything other OS than your standard Windows 10 Home edition (Windows 10 Cloud is reportedly exclusive to Qualcomm Snapdragon) and Samsung seems to be left out in the rain by the Qualcomm-Microsoft partnership, restricting it to using Intel’s Core m3 or low-power Core i5 processors. The device comes in 10.6″ (1920×1080) or 12″ (2560×1440) form factors. LTE connectivity is available on the 12″ model only. The Galaxy Book also comes with the Note-famous S Pen, and contains a nice bit of software which will sync up your Galaxy smartphone with your Galaxy Book, Samsung Flow. You can find full specs for the devices, below.

Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6” Samsung Galaxy Book 12”
DISPLAY 10.6″ TFT FHD (1920×1280) 12″ Super AMOLED FHD (2160×1440)
CHIPSET 7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 processor, Dual Core 2.6GHz 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 7200 U processor, Dual Core 3.1GHz
LTE SUPPORT N/A LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps)
MEMORY 4GB + 64GB/128GB eMMC LTE: 4GB + 128GB SSD
microSD up to 256GB Wi-Fi: 4GB+128GB SSD/ 8GB+256GB SSD
CAMERA 5MP FF 13MP AF + 5MP
PORT USB 3.1(Type-C), Micro SD USB 3.1(Type-C) x 2ports, Micro SD
SENSORS Accelerometer, Hall, Light Accelerometer, Hall, Light
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2X2 MIMO, Bluetooth® 4.1 BLE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2X2 MIMO, Bluetooth® 4.1 BLE
GPS GPS + GLONASS GPS + GLONASS
DIMENSION, WEIGHT 261.2 x 179.1 x 8.9 mm, 648g(Wi-Fi) 291.3×199.8×7.4mm, 754g(Wi-Fi / LTE)
BATTERY CAPACITY 30.4W / up to 9hrs, Fast Charging 39.04W / up to 11hrs, Fast Charging
OS/UPGRADE Windows 10 Windows 10
SAMSUNG SERVICES & APPLICATIONS Samsung Notes, Air Command, Samsung Flow Samsung Notes, Air Command, Samsung Flow
VIDEO Recording: FHD(1920X1080) @30fps Recording: 4K(3840X2160) @30fps
Playback: 4K(3840X2160) @60fps Playback: 4K(3840X2160) @60fps

Configurations will cost between $630 and $1130, and deliveries will begin in late May. Samsung, however, did not announce telco partnerships for its devices – something that in Europe would be considered somewhat of a deal-breaker for the LTE version of the device, due to mobile data costs.

KitGuru Says: Samsung looks like it’s piggybacking on the momentum created by Surface and Microsoft’s own initiatives in developing lightweight computing devices with Windows compatibility. However, this family of devices doesn’t seem to harbour anything particularly Galaxy-y to support the name.

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