Samsung Galaxy Book 12

7.7/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
12"

The Samsung Galaxy Book 12's screen is 12 inches with 1440 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.1 GHz

There is a Intel Core i5 dual core 3.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 10 Home operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5070mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 5070 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8.4 days standby time.



The Galaxy Book has some weaker points, but Samsung does a good job of providing alternatives.

- Mark Hachman , PCWorld 

Reviews summary

7.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • Vibrant, HDR-ready display
  • Included accessories
  • Better camera than most tablets
  • Good price

What's bad

  • Battery life inconsistent
  • Keyboard too flexible for use on lap
  • No USB2.0/3.0 Ports
  • Must choose between more RAM or LTE support

While Samsung is a leader in the smartphone market, their tablets and hybrids have had trouble keeping up. Their latest release, the Samsung Galaxy Book 12, hopes to change that.

The hybrid includes both a keyboard and pen out of the box—something you won’t find with competitors. But does the performance and experience make the savings worth it?

Reviewers have had time to test out this new release and we’ve scoured what they’re saying to bring you this summary!

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The design of the tablet left many reviewers conflicted. While they liked the sleek, brushed aluminum finish, they weren’t all fans of the case design or lack of choices for connecting accessories. With just two USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack, you’ll likely need an adapter to use your favorite mouse or other accessory.

Other reviewers also found the bezels on the device too thick. They felt this made the device awkward to hold while also adding unneeded weight. That’s not to say the tablet is particularly heavy—for a laptop. But most reviewers mentioned that the hybrid is definitely best used on a flat surface or tabletop.

However, weight was only one part of this issue. Many reviewers found the flexible keyboard case to be too flexible. From instability while propping up the tablet on their laps to bending the keyboard trying to type, most quickly stopped trying to use the hybrid as a laptop on their laps.

Heading around front, reviews improve fast. Everyone loved the 12-inch 1440-by-2160 AMOLED screen. As one of the first tablet displays to offer HDR functionality, it received high marks for both image quality and video playback. Reviewers had no issues using it for work either, thanks to its crisp text and spacious size.

Powering the tablet, you’ll find a 3.1Ghz Intel Core i5 processor with 4 to 8GB of RAM depending on the model. We found no complaints about performance. PC World said, “If it wasn't for Microsoft's newly-released Surface Pro (2017), the Book would top the [performance] list.”

The Galaxy Book 12 runs Windows 10—just like a desktop PC or laptop. With 128GB to 256GB of internal storage plus microSD card support, you should have little to worry about unless you’re working with large files.

You’ll also find Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 BLE connections to make connecting to networks and wireless accessories easy. There is also an LTE variant. However, opting for LTE means you can only have 4GB of RAM.

While many competing hybrids charge extra for a stylus or keyboard cover, the Galaxy Book 12 includes them out of the box. Reviews on the keyboard are hit or miss—though complaints pertain more to flexing than accuracy.

The included S Pen includes 4,000+ levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt support and doesn’t require a battery. However, it doesn’t include a digital eraser function.

If you’re looking to snap pictures with your tablet, reviews are about what you’d expect. While the 13MP rear camera is better than most tablet offerings, it’s still not going to compete with your phone or dedicated camera. The front facing 5MP camera is good for video chat.

Battery life was the most critical—and inconsistent—aspect of most reviews. Some reviewers found their tablet only lasted 4 or 5 hours. Other’s had no problem hitting 8 or 9. However, none reached the 11.5 hours estimated by Samsung. Many also complained of slow charging while in use. If you plan to use this as a workstation, you’ll definitely want to keep a charger handy.

While Samsung’s latest offering is an improvement over previous models and includes accessories most competitors charge extra for, reviewers were on the fence about recommending it. If you’re looking for a digital sketchpad or media consumption device, the stylus and HDR display are attractive. However, if you’re looking to work on the go, many reviewers felt the battery life and keyboard weren’t up to the challenge.

The Verge summed up opinions well, saying, “The Galaxy Book is okay in a vacuum—it has a nice display, solid performance, and a comfortable keyboard—but in this surprisingly competitive field, it doesn’t match up. The PC market marches on, but this one merely stumbles.”


Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


IT Pro

Samsung's best hybrid yet, but still lagging behind the best of the bunch

from IT Pro

Although it fixes most of the issues of its 10.6in sibling, the 12in Galaxy Book markets itself too closely against the Surface Pro, which only serves to highlight its limitations. While the best of Galaxy Book range by far, performance and build quality place it a generation behind its rivals.

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Although it fixes most of the issues of its 10.6in sibling, the 12in Galaxy Book markets itself too closely against the Surface Pro, which only serves to highlight its limitations. While the best of Galaxy Book range by far, performance and build quality place it a generation behind its rivals.

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Notebookcheck

Surface competitor with AMOLED

from Notebookcheck

Prospective buyers with enough petty cash can hardly go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 LTE if they like the idea of a connecting keyboard and high portability. Apart from the meagre port selection, Samsung really has managed to combine the best of both worlds in one device.

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Prospective buyers with enough petty cash can hardly go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 LTE if they like the idea of a connecting keyboard and high portability. Apart from the meagre port selection, Samsung really has managed to combine the best of both worlds in one device.

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The Next Web

A formidable Surface competitor with one infuriating flaw

from The Next Web

Samsung’s built a competitive tablet on the whole with a unique collection of features and solid overall performance. If you can live with its unfortunate touchpad problems, it’s worth your consideration – just know what you’re getting into.

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Samsung’s built a competitive tablet on the whole with a unique collection of features and solid overall performance. If you can live with its unfortunate touchpad problems, it’s worth your consideration – just know what you’re getting into.

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TabletPCReview

A solid package that is perfect for media lovers

from TabletPCReview

The Samsung Galaxy Book is one of those devices that makes it difficult for a review to give a clear recommendation. We can’t definitively say whether or not it’s worth a purchase because that really depends on what you value. There’s a lot to love here. The Super AMOLED screen is nothing short of breathtaking, and you’ll be hard knocked to find a better display on a convertible. Overall performance is quite good and the battery life is acceptable for most use cases. Additionally, the keyboard is one of the best wrap-around peripherals we’ve tried, and the magnetic design is one of the best solutions we’ve tried.

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The Samsung Galaxy Book is one of those devices that makes it difficult for a review to give a clear recommendation. We can’t definitively say whether or not it’s worth a purchase because that really depends on what you value. There’s a lot to love here. The Super AMOLED screen is nothing short of breathtaking, and you’ll be hard knocked to find a better display on a convertible. Overall performance is quite good and the battery life is acceptable for most use cases. Additionally, the keyboard is one of the best wrap-around peripherals we’ve tried, and the magnetic design is one of the best solutions we’ve tried.

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PCWorld

An excellent 2-in-1 for a good price

from PCWorld

Samsung’s Galaxy Book touches all the bases of what makes a solid Windows tablet: a sharp display, very good performance, and excellent battery life, all for a reasonable price. As for Samsung’s choice of USB-C—a port expander or dongle might not be the most convenient option, but it will carry you through. Eventually, you’ll begin shifting your own personal ecosystem to the newer connectivity format.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book touches all the bases of what makes a solid Windows tablet: a sharp display, very good performance, and excellent battery life, all for a reasonable price. As for Samsung’s choice of USB-C—a port expander or dongle might not be the most convenient option, but it will carry you through. Eventually, you’ll begin shifting your own personal ecosystem to the newer connectivity format.

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Reviewed

Gives Microsoft's best tablet a run for its money

from Reviewed

If you're looking for a lightweight 2-in-1, this is a good alternative to the Surface Pro. Between the colorful display and bundled accessories, it's great for watching Netflix, finishing a class project, or fine-tuning that presentation. The 12" model is the more expensive option, but the larger display and higher resolution won't disappoint. Even if you're drowning in open tabs, it shouldn't freeze up on you, thanks to the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor.

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If you're looking for a lightweight 2-in-1, this is a good alternative to the Surface Pro. Between the colorful display and bundled accessories, it's great for watching Netflix, finishing a class project, or fine-tuning that presentation. The 12" model is the more expensive option, but the larger display and higher resolution won't disappoint. Even if you're drowning in open tabs, it shouldn't freeze up on you, thanks to the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor.

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Engadget

You're better off with a Surface Pro

from Engadget

Samsung's Galaxy Book doesn't get anything totally wrong. And if it were a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Surface Pro, it could find an audience. But as it is, the good things about the Galaxy Book (its display and overall performance) are come with some big tradeoffs. Battery life in particular has been a big letdown, and though the keyboard cover is better than it was last year, it's still not as good as what Microsoft offers.

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Samsung's Galaxy Book doesn't get anything totally wrong. And if it were a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Surface Pro, it could find an audience. But as it is, the good things about the Galaxy Book (its display and overall performance) are come with some big tradeoffs. Battery life in particular has been a big letdown, and though the keyboard cover is better than it was last year, it's still not as good as what Microsoft offers.

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The Verge

One step forward, one step back

from The Verge

The Galaxy Book is okay in a vacuum — it has a nice display, solid performance, and a comfortable keyboard — but in this surprisingly competitive field, it doesn’t match up. The PC market marches on, but this one merely stumbles.

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The Galaxy Book is okay in a vacuum — it has a nice display, solid performance, and a comfortable keyboard — but in this surprisingly competitive field, it doesn’t match up. The PC market marches on, but this one merely stumbles.

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Ars Technica

Not cheap, and not quite a laptop replacement either

from Ars Technica

Samsung succeeded in updating the TabPro S with the Galaxy Book. Adding 4GB of RAM, an extra USB Type-C port, and an LTE option bring the slab into the modern age, at the very least. The keyboard cover and S Pen are particularly good because they're included (similar accessories are extra when you buy a Surface Pro). The typing experience is much better than other hybrid keyboards, and the S Pen is quite useful when paired with Samsung's Air Command software. Our model of the Galaxy Book was a capable machine that performed just as well as other devices with U-series processors, two-in-ones or not.

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Samsung succeeded in updating the TabPro S with the Galaxy Book. Adding 4GB of RAM, an extra USB Type-C port, and an LTE option bring the slab into the modern age, at the very least. The keyboard cover and S Pen are particularly good because they're included (similar accessories are extra when you buy a Surface Pro). The typing experience is much better than other hybrid keyboards, and the S Pen is quite useful when paired with Samsung's Air Command software. Our model of the Galaxy Book was a capable machine that performed just as well as other devices with U-series processors, two-in-ones or not.

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SlashGear

A premium 2-in-1 with a price to match

from SlashGear

The selling point of a 2-in-1 is its flexibility. Don’t need to type? Leave the keyboard behind. Need a traditional keyboard and trackpad? Snap them on magnetically. While manufacturers might argue that makes it the best of all worlds, personally, I’d rather have a regular hinge and less likelihood of the two sections of my notebook coming apart. Then again, my typical usage relies heavily on the keyboard, and I’m no digital artist.

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The selling point of a 2-in-1 is its flexibility. Don’t need to type? Leave the keyboard behind. Need a traditional keyboard and trackpad? Snap them on magnetically. While manufacturers might argue that makes it the best of all worlds, personally, I’d rather have a regular hinge and less likelihood of the two sections of my notebook coming apart. Then again, my typical usage relies heavily on the keyboard, and I’m no digital artist.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 21, 2017
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 10 Home

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Core i5 dual core 3.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.51 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time 11 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time 8.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 29.1 x 20.0 x 0.7 cm (11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 753 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 12 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-W720, SM-W727

LTE variant only has 4 GB of RAM.
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