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Samsung Galaxy Book Preview – Australian launch coming 19 July

On Wednesday, 19 July, Samsung is launching its Galaxy Tab 3 Android tablet, and its Galaxy Book 2-in-1 running Windows 10 – here’s a preview.

iTWire has already published a preview of the Galaxy Tab 3 Android tablet which you can read here.

To go along with that preview, I decided to see what top US tech publications have thought of the Galaxy Book, which launches on Wednesday this week alongside the Galaxy Tab 3 Android tablet.

Borrowing looks from the Samsung Galaxy range of Android smartphones, the Galaxy Book is the successor to last year’s Galaxy TabPro S Windows 2-in-1.

It also has Samsung Flow software which lets Samsung Galaxy Android phones interact with the Windows Galaxy Book in various ways – you can unlock your Galaxy Book with the fingerprint reader on a compatible Galaxy phone, you can answer SMS messages on your Galaxy Book, among other mutual interactions.

Thankfully, Samsung Galaxy Book rolls off the tongue much more easily, and unlike the Surface Pro or the iPad Pro range, comes with a keyboard and a stylus in the box, saving you the cost of buying them separately.

In the US, Samsung has both 10-inch and a 12-inch models, with the 10-inch running a Core M3 processor, and the 12-inch running a fanless Core i5 processor.

The headline specs for the 12-inch model in the US are as follows:

  • Core i5 dual-core processor (Kaby Lake)
  • 4GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB RAM and storage configurations
  • 12-inch 2160 x 1440 (3:2) AMOLED display
  • HDR video support
  • 13MP (rear) + 5MP (front) cameras
  • Two USB 3.1 Type-C ports
  • Micro SD storage
  • 7.4 mm thick, 1.66 lb or 754 grams (without keyboard, which weighs 415 grams)
  • Includes backlit keyboard and new S-Pen with tilt detection

The Australian Galaxy Book page only mentions the 4GB RAM and 128GB configurations, but we’ll know on Wednesday whether the 8GB / 256GB models are also coming to Australia.

Samsung Australia's page for the Galaxy Book 12 is already online, with lots of information about the new device, but while there’s a page for the 10-inch version, it lists little information there yet.

The general consensus for the Galaxy Book 12, at least, is that it is a very good tablet, and fast, but it is beaten in speed by the new 2017 Surface Pro, and doesn’t have a stylus as good as the 2017 Surface Pro.

Several reviews put it in second place behind the new Surface Pro, while still praising it, but the praise isn’t universal.

I expect to learn more about the Galaxy Book at the launch, but seeing as the Galaxy Book has already launched in the US, it’s possible to see what other publications thought of this new Windows 10 2-in-1.

Tech Radar loves its alliteration with the subheading of its “Samsung Galaxy Book 12 review” stating it is a “titillating but troubled 12-in-1 device.”

Ars Technica’s review is entitled: “Samsung Galaxy Book review: A better TabPro S, but not a laptop replacement”.

The Next Web’s headline is: “Samsung Galaxy Book Review: A formidable Surface competitor with one infuriating flaw”, which, spoiler alert, appears to be two flaws: unhappiness with the keyboard and the default auto-brightness settings.

PC World’s headline is “Samsung Galaxy Book review: An excellent 2-in-1 for a good price” and says that “The Galaxy Book has some weaker points, but Samsung does a good job of providing alternatives.”

CNET says the Galaxy Book 12-inch is “A great Windows tablet that just scratches the Surface.

Gizmodo goes in hard as you can tell from the URL, which says “Samsung’s latest Surface clone is a disappointing flop” – but has been softened heavily with a much blander new headline, and they don’t like the stylus when compared to a Wacom Cintiq stylus.

Engadget says “Samsung Galaxy Book Review: You’re better off with a Surface Pro."

The Verge’s article is entitled “Samsung Galaxy Book review: one step forward, one step back.

More later this week on both the Galaxy Tab 3 and the Galaxy Book after the Australian launch!


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