Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

You wait for one premium 2-in-1 Windows 10 hybrid, and along come a whole selection at once. Samsung is hoping the Galaxy Book 12-inch will catch your eye out of a growing market, promising the latest in digital S Pen technology plus more processing power than you might expect from such a skinny slate. Question is, does the Galaxy Book do enough to warrant its $1,129.99 price tag?

It certainly feels the part. Unlike the glass-bodied, Android-based Galaxy Tab S3 we reviewed back in March, Samsung has opted for brushed metal for the Galaxy Book. It’s a clean, minimalistic design, and fairly lightweight too. At 754 grams complete with the keyboard attached, it undercuts the Surface Pro 4 slightly. That’s despite the Samsung having a slightly larger, 39.04W battery.

Inside, there’s a 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7200U 3.1GHz dual-core, paired with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. A microSD card slot accepts up to 256GB cards to expand on that. By default, you get WiFi a/b/g/n/ac 2X2, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS/GLONASS; Samsung also offers an LTE configuration, with a Cat6 300 Mbps modem. Oddly, if you want LTE, you can’t have more than 4GB of RAM.

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