New Samsung app suggests 'Galaxy Book' may be incoming

A new Samsung-made app called Book Settings has popped up at the Windows Store, prompting speculation that an accompanying piece of hardware could be on the cards in the near future. Sammy always makes its presence known at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off later this month in Barcelona, Spain, and with the Book Settings app having just made its presence known, it could be a timely precursor to a new product line for MWC 2017. 

The natural theory would be a Galaxy Book to do battle with the Microsoft-made (and Tim Cook-admired) Surface Book. Samsung already has some competition for Redmond's Surface line with products like the Galaxy TabPro S, and a Galaxy Book would likely cater to those with an affinity to the more traditional notebook form. This is just a theory, of course, but if a Galaxy Book is in the pipeline, next week's Mobile World Congress should offer some clarification.

The Windows Store screenshot of the Book Settings app, as you may see above, reveals few basic features like pattern login, AMOLED display settings, battery life extender and support for digital pen. 

Samsung will be sharing some tablet-related news from February 26th and we'll have all of the details covered right here at PhoneArena, so stay tuned!

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Galaxy TabPro S
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core M, Dual-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 5200 mAh



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No matter what cook says about the Surface, it has just over 1/2 the market share as the iPad. Il You can get a fully power i7 or i5 SP4 for less than an Air or MacBook Pro and thw Surface foes way more. Plus if I need OSX, i cab just install a OSX VM. But more Surface competitors is awesome. If more OEMs make Windows tablets like it, the iPad and other ARM tablets Re gonna be long forgotten. The iPad is the best ARM tablet per se. But for whit cost it shoukd have Intel hardware and running OSX. If Apple had dome this under Jobs, everyone would be lovimg it. But because Ballmer/Microsoft done it, cook and stupid fans hate it. Dummies.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014


7. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'd take a MacBook Pro (or a dedicated laptop) over a surface any day though. The surface still has issues with being a full on tablet(apps and finger friendly)and also a full on laptop(being on the couch with it). It's a brilliant device, just doesn't excel at either.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd take Surface Pro/Book over any mono-Laptop PC any day, and definitely over them donglebooks anytime. The Surface Pro/Book perform great, if not better than similar priced or even more expensive mono-Laptops, especially them donglebooks ( ). Plus, they offer a lot more useful ports like an actual Pro tool compared to them donglebooks, even the Surface Pro that's a Tablet first, Laptop second. On top that, have no problem accurately typing at a rate of 55 WPM ( ) on their keyboard with my big hands, be it on my lap or my desk. As a tablet, they're a lot more useful than them ARM tablets as they run full Win32 applications, which are gaining touch friendly UIs without getting dumbed down. Including the full Office 2016 suit ( , ), entire Steam gaming library with GestureWorks addon ( ), Adobe CC applications ( ), Kodi, AutoCAD, etc...

8. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Windows 10 needs more apps if it wants to succeed in the tablet space. Apps that are touch friendly. It does a decent job filling media needs but most usage requires notebook mode. Windows 10 is still young and in an unfinished state though. So maybe in the future it will have more apps. Also the new windows 10 on arm project will really allow MS and oems to make more battery efficient and better designed hybrids.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i fear for android in the nearest future......

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

the way X86 in encroaching ARM in high-end ARM annex makes me think in 2 yrs tim X86 phones will overtake ARM phones,,especially when ARM based phone makers are churning out phones with unecessary RAM

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^^ So, is that why you fear for Android? Android is capable of running on x86 too... Are you kidding or did I misunderstand your point? Heck, Android can run on just about any kind of hardware, due to it's VM.

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

No, x86 has too much power requirements. And Intel is constantly falling behind in their manufacturing process. Once again it will be releasing new chips on the existing nanoprocess because they can't seem to lower it. I think ARM with assisted special purpose chips would be a more futuristic approach. Something like the hololens uses along with the intel chip.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Em.... so another Windows based Hybrid tablet? Or probably Android based?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Just another Surface-inspired OEM choice for the Windows platform...

12. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

If it had a 7700HQ and GTX 1050 I'd most certainly buy but no chance that's gonna happen lol

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