Samsung Galaxy Book 12 – a Windows 10 tablet with style (review)
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $from $1599 to $2299
Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy Book 12 is an ideal travel companion with an amazing 12” AMOLED display, S Pen, detachable keyboard, Windows 10, and available with 4G LTE as well.

It has Windows 10 Home running on an Intel Core i5 but it does not claim to be a lap/desktop replacement. It is a lightweight tablet with a detachable cover/keyboard and S Pen – both supplied as part of the same package – and uses USB-C.

There is also a 10.6”, Intel Core m3 version weighing 648g that could be an ideal Android tablet replacement with access to the full Windows ecosystem.

First impressions – Samsung Galaxy Book, 12”, Core i5-7200, 4/128GB, Wi-Fi and 4G (SM-W727YZKBXSA)

  • The tablet
  • S Pen (same as the supplied on the Galaxy Tab S3)
  • Spare S Pen Nibs
  • Cover/Keyboard and S Pen clip
  • Fast adaptive charger – 5V/2A, 9V/1.67A, 12V/2.1A
  • USB-C to USB-A cable

The tablet is solid, very well made and weighs 745g or add the keyboard for a total of 1.16kg. And best of all it comes standard with everything you need except a USB-C dongle!

Then WOW – the 2160 x 1440, HDR capable, Super AMOLED screen comes to life and you can be forgiven for thinking that just about every other screen you have seen is inferior.

Specifications (Galaxy Book 10.6” shown for reference)

Galaxy Book 10.6 Galaxy Book 12
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
Win 10 Pro option
Display
Type
HDR
10.6” 1920 x 1080
TFT LCD No HDR
12” 2160 x 1440, 3:2 ratio
Super AMOLED HDR
355 nits
Great colour adjustment
10-point multi-touch
Processor Intel 7th gen Core m3

m-7Y30, 1.0/2.6GHz

Core i5, 7200U, 2.5/3.1GHz 2-core, 4-thread
Intel HD Graphics 620
Supports 3 displays
4K @60Hz Display Port
4K @24Hz HDMI 1.4
RAM
Storage
microSD
4GB DDR3
128GB
Up to 256GB
4/128GB SSD (85GB avail on initial boot
8GB/256GB option
same
Camera front 5MP, f/2.2 5MP, f/2.2
Camera rear N/A 13MP, f/1.9
AF
Wi-Fi
LTE
GPS
BT
AC, dual-band, 2x 2 MIMO
Option Cat 6 (300Mbps)
Yes
4.1
Same
Same, Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 29
Same
4.1
Audio
Mic
3.5mm
Stereo side-firing
Dual Mic right long side
Yes
Stereo side-firing
Same
Same
Battery 4000mAh
Adaptive Fast charge
Up to 9 hours video
5070mAh
Same
Up to 11 hours video
Ports 1 x USB-C 3.1 – for charge and data 2 x USB-C 3.1 – both for charge and data (these are 10 Gbps)
Dimensions 261.2 x 179.1 x 8.9 mm 1291.3×199.8×7.4mm,
Weight
Wi-Fi/LTE
640/650g 754g/1.16kg (tablet/keyboard)
Colour Silver Silver
Security Windows 10 pin/password/picture password Same
Inclusions S Pen (Wacom ERM digitiser)
Keyboard cover
USB-C cable
Fast charger
Same
Same
Same
Same
What’s missing Windows Hello Windows Hello
Price $1,099 Wi-Fi 128GB
$1299 +LTE 128GB
$1,599 Wi-Fi 128GB
$1,799 +LTE 128GB
$1,899 Wi-Fi 256GB
$2,299 +LTE 256GB inc Win 10 Pro
Australian URL  http://www.samsung.com/au/tablets/galaxy-book-106-sm-w620n/SM-W620NZKAXSA/  http://www.samsung.com/au/tablets/galaxy-book-12-sm-w727y/


A good AMOLED screen beats all

AMOLED has real blacks, perfect whites, increased colour gamut, infinite contrast, and each of the 3.11 million pixels can be individually controlled allowing High Dynamic Range (HRD) content (when you can get it) to show lost details in shadows and bright areas. Best of all the text is razor sharp.

It has numerous settings – Adaptive, Cinema, photo, and basic. Cinema really punches the colour up to more than 200% sRGB while Photo is more realistic colour at 98% AdobeRGB – way up on Surface Pro and x2 Spectre at 73% each.

Like the Surface and other hybrids, it has adopted the 3:2 screen ratio which offers more workspace for productivity apps.

S Pen – The writing experience is fabulous and it is included!

A stylus will play an increasing role in the interaction with Windows and Samsung is offering one of the best – a 4096-pressure level S Pen that does not need batteries.

Its collaboration with Wacom it draws power from the screen (Wireless Charging) and supports gesture (Air View/Command or hover) and drawing. It has a 2B tip size (.7mm) and it is a nice, responsive tool to use.

The optional STAEDTLER Noris digital “pencil” stylus in its familiar yellow and black, red tipped pencil shape is something a little different and sentimental.

Palm rejection is perfect, pen comfort is good, and the “pencil on paper” feel is more like a fountain pen – silky smooth with just the right resistance.

Hovering the S-Pen stylus triggers Air Command: a menu of apps that allows you to ink on the screen and save the result, create a Samsung Note, project an area of the screen to another display, or simply “smart select” a region of the screen.