Samsung Releases Surface Killer, Goes All-In on Windows for Tablets and Hybrids
Back when Samsung released their Tab Pro S, the first Windows hybrid by the company, the device did make some headlines in spite of having sub par performance. But what was more interesting was Samsung going for Windows devices instead of Android – a platform in which the company had previously invested and had seen success.
Updated Tab Pro S
The new Galaxy Book is a pure Microsoft Surface killer – an enterprise worthy hybrid that was released at MWC 2017. The galaxy Book is built upon the Tab Pro S, with more improvements and accessories. One of the first notable improvements is the keyboard. The new keyboard is not only larger than what it was in Tab Pro S, but is also backlit.
Another improvement is the new S Pen. The .7 mm and a better pressure sensitivity makes it comparable to the Surface Pen. OneNote now captures the handwriting much better than the previous version. However, the only downside is that the device does not have any place where you can keep the S Pen. So, it’s pretty easy to lose it.
In terms of performance, the 12 inch Galaxy Book has Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM which is more than enough for the average user. The tablet also comes with two fans to deal with heat. A 4GB variant with a 128GB SSD will also be made available. Storage is expandable to 256GB via microSD. There is a 10 inch version of the Galaxy Book, aimed for casual users. The 12 inch version has a 2160x1440p screen resolution, comes with a 13Mp and 5MP camera.
Microsoft’s 2-in-1 push
Microsoft’s push to make more hybrid devices are paying off. Surface was initially a genre-defining device that inspired OEMs a lot.
Two of the three new product series unveiled at MWC are powered by Windows 10 and Eric McCarty, vice president of mobile product marketing for Samsung Electronics America, says a similar balance will be maintained in the coming years as well, with about 60 percent of its devices to run Windows.