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Samsung Galaxy Book Review; Your Work and Play Companion

Samsung Galaxy Book Review; Your Work and Play Companion
Samsung Galaxy Book Review; Your Work and Play Companion

Living a life of constant activity means being invariably in need of tools that will allow us to keep up with the virtual world while remaining in touch with the real world. With that in mind, I opted to test the new Samsung Galaxy Book to see if it does have the chops to become an on-the-go, work and play companion.

Although sporting a different name, the new Galaxy Book is what Samsung considers as the successor to last year's Galaxy Tab Pro S. Favorably, this upgraded version has already made a good first impression with its bundled stylus pen and keyboard case.

The unit I got for review was the 10.6-inch variant with 64GB of internal storage and LTE capability. The only unit available at local Samsung stores nationwide, however, is the 10.6-inch Wi-Fi version, but with a bigger 128GB of storage.

If you want a bigger display, there's also a 12-inch variant launched at the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, but, unfortunately, Samsung won't be selling it here.

Samsung Galaxy Book in Tablet Mode
Samsung Galaxy Book in Tablet Mode

Upfront, the Galaxy Book looks like a regular laptop with a keyboard and 1080p TFT LCD display, which offers a pretty awesome quality by the way, but it can easily become a 10.6-inch tablet when folded. Similar to other hybrid devices, the tablet is attached to the keyboard magnetically and can be removed to become a standalone tablet when needed.

Samsung Galaxy Book's Right Side
Samsung Galaxy Book's Right Side

The ports are what you'd expect from a tablet. You'd see the microSD card/SIM slot, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack on one side. There are speakers on both sides, too.

Samsung Galaxy Book's Top
Samsung Galaxy Book's Top

The volume rocker and power button, on the other hand, go on top.

Samsung Galaxy Book with the S Pen in Tablet Mode
Samsung Galaxy Book with the S Pen in Tablet Mode

But what's really special about this 2-in-1 convertible is the new S Pen, which was lacking before on the Galaxy Tab Pro S. It has a 0.7mm tip that lets you easily write, draw, or doodle on the screen. I found it remarkably responsive and easy to use.

And, good news, you won't have to panic when the S Pen suddenly stops working. Samsung has included extra tips for the stylus if ever the original one gets broken.

Samsung Galaxy Book's Keyboard
Samsung Galaxy Book's Keyboard

There's also the improved keyboard that allows convenient typing, although it can become wobbly when placed on a not so sturdy surface. Controlling the trackpad needs a bit of effort, too. The touchscreen is the most appealing for navigation, but you can also use the stylus pen.

The Galaxy Book can be propped up in various angles using the keyboard support, depending on which one you feel comfortable with. For me, the one above felt to be the most solid and natural angle when typing. The screen is set up at an angle that will give you a perfect view of the screen.

Keyboard Support at a 90-Degree Angle
Keyboard Support at a 90-Degree Angle

Or, you can also choose to have the keyboard support at a 90-degree angle, giving you a more slanted screen. This might work better for others. I found it great for watching movies and other multimedia content. But, really, I think it depends on your preference.

The 12-inch variant comes with a dual-core Intel Core-i5 with 8GB of RAM, but inside the test unit I got was just a 7th Gen Intel m3 processor that is clocked at 2.6GHz with 4GB of RAM. Still, real-time usage was smooth on this one. I didn't encounter any problem opening multiple apps at the same time, although it can get a bit hot if you multitask for a long time.

When it comes to battery life, the Galaxy Book delivers pretty well. Its 4000mAh battery managed to help me get through my typical daily digital life. In my experience, it lasted for about five to six hours of continuous usage, which was enough time to write articles, do basic photo editing, publish, post on social media, and even watch a couple of videos.

It probably doesn't sound very promising, but it might be able to last longer than your smartphone. Charging took about three hours, which was just okay. I wish it could have been faster, though. 

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Book is a pleasing device that got a portable and lightweight design, allowing you to easily carry it around with you. Of course, I'd still like to see improvements, but it definitely got the chops to become an on-the-go, work and play companion.

If you want to get your hands on this new device, you can go check it out at a Samsung Experience Center near you. The 10.6-inch Wi-Fi version is now available at a retail price of Php49,990.

Samsung Galaxy Book Specifications:

  • 10.6-inch TFT FHD (1920x1080) capacitive touchscreen display, 218 PPI
  • Samsung S Pen Compatible (included in the box)
  • Dimensions: 261.2mm x 179.1mm x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 640 grams
  • Windows 10 OS
  • 2.6GHz dual core 7th Gen Intel Core m3 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via a micro SD card, dedicated slot
  • 5MP f/2.2 front camera, 1080p videos recording at 30fps
  • Multimedia player
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • USB 3.1 Type-C with OTG support
  • Sensors: light
  • Battery: 4000mAh Li-Ion, non-removable, supports fast charging
  • Colors: Silver
  • Price: Php49,990

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