True to its name, Mobile World Congress (MWC) is mostly about smartphones and tablets. But device makers announced a handful of Windows PCs as well.
To be clear, none of this is earth-shattering, though the Samsung device mentioned up front has gotten a curious amount of hype for what amounts to the company’s second stab at a Surface Pro clone. I can’t explain that. But then I did write separately about a business-focused HP 2-in-1 that was also timed to MWC, so who am I to point fingers?
Here’s what’s new.
Samsung Galaxy Book. This premium 2-in-1 design is, yes, yet another Surface Pro clone. It is aimed at enterprise customers, features a 12-inch touch- and pen-enabled display, and provides 10 hours of battery life. The Book includes an S Pen and offers cross-platform device sync (with Samsung phones) courtesy of Samsung Flow.
Lenovo Miix 320. This detachable 2-in-1 offers a 10.1-inch Full HD display, up to 10 hours of battery life, and a smallish hardware keyboard (which is included). Prices start at $199.99 for the Wi-Fi only model, and the device will be available in April.
Lenovo Yoga 720 and 520. These convertible laptops each come in 13-, 14- and 15-inch variants, with the larger version offering discrete graphics and up to 9 hours of battery. Each includes optional active pen support, and a fingerprint reader is standard on the 720 (and optional on the 520). Prices start at $599.99 for the 520 and $1,099.99 for the 720, with availability in April.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1. This new ruggedized 2-in-1 features a touch-enabled 12-inch display (QHD, or 2160 x 1440) with a 3:2 aspect ratio and can be purchased in tablet-only or detachable laptop models. 4G LTE is optional, and prices start at $3500/$4099.