Windows-based Samsung Galaxy Book 2 inches closer to release, proving tablets are still hot

Windows-based Samsung Galaxy Book 2 inches closer to release, proving tablets are still hot
Tablets aren’t exactly making a comeback, at least according to the latest Strategy Analytics global shipment report, although companies like Apple, Huawei, and Microsoft have had no problem boosting their Q2 figures on the back of iOS, Android, and Windows devices respectively.

But even though Samsung maintains one of the richest, most diverse tablet portfolios around, its numbers have been steadily declining lately, a trend the chaebol is looking to reverse after the recent launch of the powerful and versatile Galaxy Tab S4.

There’s also a bonkers Galaxy View 2 with a 17.5-inch or so screen in the pipeline, as well as a Windows-based Galaxy Book 2. The latter’s name is not etched in stone yet, but the SM-W737 model number suggests a close relation with the SM-W720, aka 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book.

The large 2-in-1 computer, along with its little 10.6-inch brother, was formally unveiled way back in February 2017, actually going up for sale stateside a couple of months later.

Curiously, there are no words on a sequel to the smaller, cheaper model yet, while this SM-W737 has just been federally certified in Korea with optional LTE connectivity. A Verizon release sometime in the near future definitely seems possible, although there are obviously no guarantees regarding a commercial rollout outside of Samsung’s homeland... and Russia, where the Galaxy Book 2 was also recently approved by the regional FCC equivalent.
Samsung will once again go after the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro family and Apple’s larger iPad Pro whenever the second-gen Galaxy Book hits stores, bundling the convertible Windows 10 tablet by default with a keyboard and S Pen.

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy Book2
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, Hexa-core, 2950 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6120 mAh



1. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

"tablets are still hot" If Samsung will implement new Intel chips, they will be hot, really hot indeed. Quad cores in such a small form factor, even worse throttling, than you can experience with a Macbook Pro.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wouldn't call a full Windows 10 device a tablet per se, it's more a hybrid 2-in-1 with the included keyboard and stylus. To me, a tablet runs a mobile OS such as Android or iOS. Semantics I know, but consumers aren't the brightest bulbs.

3. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Tablet is the form factor... the OS has nothing to do with the term "tablet", however there are OSes better suited to use the tablet form factor... My Surface Book is a laptop, and when I detach the display it becomes fully a tablet... now, I do like using a tablet with a OS such as Android, instead of windows, but my device is a very powerful tablet, with a tiny battery unless I turn it back into a laptop.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Windows is very tablet friendly. Your finger is simply a mouse/pointer. Apps in Windowa dont need to be kiddie apps stripped down with serverside requirements. The tablet is a form factor and yes iOS and Android are a different approach, but its not the best one. Windows can do both mobile and desktop. The Surface Pro takes the power of Windows and makes it even more portable.

5. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'm using a Galaxy Book 12 for my photo and design work at the moment and it's great. Looking forward to seeing the updated model.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It is pretty great, sadly that throttling, battery life and terrible keyboard case did lose me as a final owner. If this new gen. can fix this, it would be a no-brainer for me. So far I stopped my attempts to "get a friendly relationship" with my iPad Pro, I skipped Tab S4 in the end ... so I am waiting for something interesting again. New iPad Pro, new Galaxy Book 12 ... nothing? ... so far nothing was good enough ... will see.

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