Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Samsung Takes on Surface With $629 Galaxy Book

Samsung Takes on Surface With $629 Galaxy Book

Samsung has announced pricing for the Galaxy Book - its Windows 10-powered competitor to Microsoft's Surface.

Starting April 21, Galaxy Book 12-inch LTE model will be available at Verizon Wireless for $1,299.99. Price starts from $630 (approximately Rs 40,705) for the 10.6-inch variant and $1,130 (approximately Rs 73,012) for the 12-inch WiFi variant, while for LTE variant one has to shell out $1,300 (approximately Rs 83,996). For those unfamiliar with the Galaxy Book, you could call this Samsung's answer to Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets or the iPad Pro.

Both Galaxy Book models comes with styli and keyboard cases, and have slim, aluminum designs. The black colour model will be exclusive to Best Buy store, while others retailers will get the standard silver model. All retailers will sell the silver version of the Galaxy Book.

Samsung also announced a variant of the Galaxy Book, which is specifically designed for the corporate sector.

We'll have a full review when the Galaxy Book shows up in our labs. It packs in more or less similar features as the 12-inch consumer variant. Given the increased cost of this device and lack of LTE support, it is possible that some businesses will stick with the consumer-oriented models instead. This variant will start shipping on May 23 and preorders will go live on April 21. Unveiled at the MWC event in February, the Galaxy Book comes in two variants in terms of screen size, 12in and 10.6in. A dual-core Intel Core m3 processor powers the device and it houses 4 GB of RAM. The 12-inch versions sport an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of SSD storage, and a 12-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD (2160 x 1440) display. It has 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage. The wifi-only version comes in 10.6-inch and 12-inch models.

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