Samsung Galaxy Book Launch Begins April 21

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 19 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Book Launch Begins April 21

Creators who are getting tired of waiting on Microsoft to revise its Surface Pro lineup will have an interesting new alternative to consider starting tomorrow: That’s when Samsung begins launching its Galaxy Book 2-in-1 in the United States.

“Today’s young professionals and entrepreneurs require a device that allows them to work without any limitations,” Samsung Electronics America vice president and general manager Alanna Cotton says in a prepared statement. “We are excited to bring to market the Samsung Galaxy Book LTE and Wi-Fi models, offering a 2-in-1 PC portfolio that delivers on power and performance.”

As hinted at in that statement, Samsung will offer two versions of its new-generation Galaxy Book 2-in-1 PC. A model with LTE capabilities will launch via Verizon Wireless starting tomorrow, April 21. And two models without LTE, and with different screen sizes, will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, and will become available May 21.

Pricing varies across the three models, as you’d imagine:

Galaxy Book 10.6-inch (Wi-Fi) $629.99
Galaxy Book 12-inch (Wi-Fi) $1,129.99
Galaxy Book 12-inch (LTE/Wi-Fi) $1,299.99

As hinted at by the low price of the entry-level 10.6-inch version, that device is a fairly low-end PC with a 7th generation Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of eMMC storage, and a 10.6-inch TFT Full HD (1920 x 1280) display. The 12-inch versions sport an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of SSD storage, and a 12-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD (2160 x 1440) display.

That eMMC storage on the low-end version should be a warning sign to anyone, by the way.

But both devices utilize modern USB-C 3.1 ports for both storage and expansion, and the 12-inch models offer two of them. Both also offer microSD expansion. Battery life is rated at 9 hours for the 10.6-inch model and 11 hours for the larger units.

All Samsung Galaxy Book models including a Surface Pro-like Type Cover keyboard and a multifunctional S Pen. And for you Samsung phones, these devices will integrate with modern Samsung smartphones via the firm’s Samsung Flow solution.


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