Mar 20, 2017 09:08 AM EDT
Samsung Galaxy Book’s Base Price Includes Non-Rechargeable S Pen, Keyboard Unlike iPad Pro, Surface Pro 4
Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S will soon be replaced by a better tablet that converts into a laptop. The Samsung Galaxy Book aims to directly compete with similar products from Apple and Microsoft.
The Galaxy TabPro S, though equipped with a pleasant OLED display that showcased vibrant hues and colors, was criticized for its small keyboard, annoying viewing angles and poor connectivity. Samsung took note of these shortcomings and will fix it through the upcoming Galaxy Book.
A new design for the Galaxy Book's keyboard cover was revealed in a manual from Samsung. The detachable keyboard comes with three different viewing angles: a straight up position, a 45-degree angle for typing and a final almost flat position that's perfect for when you want to draw or write on the tablet using the S Pen.
The keyboard also has a built-in stand instead of the tablet so the latter stays thin and sleek. In addition, the keys are evenly spaced out to make typing comfortable and less prone from pressing the wrong keys.
The keyboard's possession of the NFC chip means that you can only listen to NFC radio when the keyboard is attached to the tablet. Like other tablets-turned-laptops out there, the Galaxy Book will have two models: one with a 12-inch display and the smaller model in 10.2 inches.
Perhaps the one thing that sets the Galaxy Book apart from its competitors is its inclusion of stylus and keyboard in the package, CNET noted. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro both require users to shell out more cash to acquire the accompanying keyboard and stylus. Also, the Galaxy Book's S Pen doesn't need recharging, so you can use it without worrying how much power it has left.
The Galaxy Book is equipped with Samsung Flow, a functionality that syncs and shares content from one Samsung Galaxy device to another. For example, you can read messages from your Galaxy S7 Edge on the Galaxy Book and even reply to them using the tablet. Both of the devices' NFC function must be activated to enable this.
Both the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro are bigger and wider than the Galaxy Book, though. Apple's tablet is thinner than the 0.29-inch Galaxy Book, but the Surface Pro 4 is the thickest of the three at 0.33 inches.
In terms of display, the iPad Pro trumps the Galaxy Book because of its 100 percent use of screen space. Samsung's tablet, in contrast, only utilizes 83 percent of its screen. The Galaxy Book has Windows 10, Intel Core i5 and 128 GB or 256 GB internal memory under its hood.