The Samsung Galaxy Book is a productivity machine with sites on the Microsoft Surface Pro market. But it seems like a lot of companies are ogling that space.
The Windows 10 machine comes in a 10.6-inch 1920 x 1280-pixel or 12-inch 2160 x 1440-pixel versions. The smaller model runs an Intel 7th-gen Core m3 CPU with 4GB of RAM, and either a 64GB or 12GB SSD. The larger of the two contains a 7th-gen Core i5 with RAM and storage option. One version is 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD or 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.
The Galaxy Book features a Pogo keyboard that offers three levels of backlighting. But, because it's not Bluetooth-powered, you'll never need to worry about charging it, unlike some of its detachable competitors.
I wish Samsung had included a place to store the included S Pen stylus. It features more than 4000 levels of pressure sensitivity. Artists will love that when you tilt the stylus, it creates brushstrokes of various widths. The S Pen helpfully triggers the company's Air Command menu for some productivity features that help you take screenshots, annotate PDFs and magnify your display. Or you can program a shortcut yourself.
One advantage the Galaxy Book has over the Surface Pro 4 or other detachable tablets is Samsung Flow. After a Galaxy smartphone has been paired with a Galaxy Book, Samsung Flow lets them communicate with each other. You can get your messaging notifications on your laptop and reply to them from there. You can easily share files back and form. And you can use your phone’s fingerprint reader to unlock your tablet.
Samsung claims the Galaxy Book should last up to 12 hours on a charge. But we'll have to get it into our labs to prove that. No pricing or availability have been announced. Stay tuned for a full review when we have it.