The announcements this year from Samsung are notably muted without the launch of a new Galaxy smartphone, but despite this being a mobile-focused conference in Barcelona this week, there were a few new Samsung devices to whet the appetite. The first is actually more of a PC, in a Windows-10 based tablet called the Galaxy Book, available in either 10.6-inch LCD or 12-inch Super AMOLED display, firing in the line of the Microsoft Surface range. Samsung is primarily aiming these new devices with a nod towards the professional market, but are keen to say that they’re suitable for consumers as well.

At the heart of each tablet is a Kaby-Lake CPU based on Core m for the 10.6-inch or Core i5 on the 12-inch, supported in various configurations of DRAM and storage but both having an integrated LTE Cat 6 modem for wireless support. Aside from the Core i5, and offering an 8GB DRAM/256GB storage model, the key element of the 12-inch device is the Super AMOLED display running at 2160x1440 which Samsung states supports videos in HDR 10-bit. The 10.6-inch version will use a 1920x1280 TFT LCD display.

The larger device will use a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, and both units have a 5MP front facing camera. Aside from microSD support, users will also get USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Both units will come with Windows 10, support for the next generation S Pen using a new 0.7mm tip and in ‘screen off’ mode which allows for note taking without the display being on.

Battery for the units comes in at 30.4 Wh for the smaller one, and 39.04 Wh for the larger display. Samsung is quoting around 10 hours of use for both and both will have access to fast charging. It is worth noting that with the specifications, Samsung lists the 10.6-inch display as supporting 4K30 playback but the bigger unit, with a faster processor, can handle 4K60 playback. Both units have vents for fans, it must be noted.

We’re awaiting more information about the modem support, pricing and availability. There might also be a chance for some hands-on time with the units, as it will be interesting to see how well that bezel measures up in normal use.

Edit - it seems the Core i5 is a U-series product. That's 15W normal, or 7W/9.5W in cTDP down mode.

Edit 2: The CAT 6 LTE modems are from Intel. Source: Brian Krzanich Twitter

Edit 3: All Books will come with a keyboard and S-Pen as standard.

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  • damianrobertjones - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Support for... .

    Will the box contain the stylus?
    Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    He is Michael Bay, he only has attention to explosion. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    He is Michael Bay, he only has attention to explosion. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    He is Michael Bay, he only has attention to explosion. Reply
  • vladx - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    10" version is nice, 12" is overkill for such a product. Reply
  • mkozakewich - Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - link

    It allows better heat dissipation (thus better processor) and a thinner form-factor, so it's about tradeoffs. Different people will have different preferences. Reply
  • lilmoe - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    For the specs of the smaller model, I wouldn't be surprised if they're aiming for a $499 to $599 price tag. But I wish they opted for UFS storage. Oh well... Intel makes it hard for sensible compromises. If Core M was more reasonably priced, I'm sure Sammy would've opted for both UFS and AMOLED. Guess we'll have to wait for low power Ryzen APUs and/or full Windows 10 on ARM for prices to actually allow OEMs to be more competitive in other design compromises.

    Your days are numbered, Intel. Keep milking while you can.
    Reply
  • imaheadcase - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    I hope you are trolling, because Ryzen for stuff like this is laughable. Not only will no tablet maker use the chipset because of licencing and exclusive Intel deals, but the price would be as much or more. Reply
  • Valantar - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    I think lilmoe's thinking of Raven Ridge, the Ryzen-based APUs scheduled to arrive some time in H2. No doubt there'll be ULV versions, at 15W or below - the question is wether they'll stop at 15W or go lower. And considering HEDT Ryzen prices, I'd be _very_ surprised if the ULV versions didn't turn out to be significantly cheaper than Core m. Also, licensing? How does that stop tablet makers from using Ryzen? And exclusive deals only last so long when faced with serious competition, unless Intel's back to its anti-trust-violating antics again. Reply
  • Murloc - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    margins are much lower in this stuff so don't expect the same price differences as with ryzen vs HEDT.
    They might just as well cost the same.
    Reply

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