May 24, 2017 04:49 PM EDT
Microsoft Corporation, the Redmond-based tech giant announced a new version of its Surface Pro 2-in-1 Windows hybrid tablet. The device is updated with 7th-generation Intel Core processors and new rounded design specifically concentrated for the Chinese tech market.
Samsung's device known as the Galaxy Book launched at Mobile World Congress 2017 carries the rivalry specifications and features. This device is a real competitor for the newly launched Surface Pro in a battle of 2-in-1 Windows hybrid tablet.
Display: According to Digital Trends, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 sports a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 10-point touch feature and has a resolution of 2,736 pixels by 1,824 pixels. It measures 292 mm in width, 201 mm in depth, 8.5 mm thick and weighs between 768 grams to 784 grams.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Book comes in two variants with different screen sizes. The first variant comes with 10.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,280 pixels. This device measures 261 mm in width, 180 mm in depth, 8.9 mm thick and weighs between 640 grams to 650 grams. The second variant comes 12-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,160 pixels by 1,440 pixels. This device measures 291 mm in width, 200 mm in depth, 7.4 mm thick and weighs 754 grams.
Processor, RAM, Storage: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 is powered by either 7th Generation Intel Core m3-7Y30, or i5-7300U or i7-7660U processor. The company offers Intel HD Graphics 615 for the m3 processor variant, Intel HD Graphics 620 for the i5 processor variant and the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 for the i7 processor variant. In addition, the device comes with 4GB, 8GB, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM option together with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.
The Samsung Galaxy Book is powered by 7th Generation Intel Core m3 or Core i5-7200U processor coupled with Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and has 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.
Camera and OS: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 features 5 MP front-facing camera with Windows Hello and an 8MP rear-facing camera. Microsoft claims Surface Pro will last up to 13.5 hours of battery life. Samsung Galaxy Book features a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Samsung claims that Galaxy Book Surface Pro will last up to 9 to 11 hours of battery life. Both the devices run on Windows 10 operating system.
Ports and Connectivity: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 has one USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini Display port and the Surface Connect port. In addition, it comes with Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology and optional LTE. Currently, there is no LTE version shipping right now, but it is reported to come in the second half of 2017.
The Samsung Galaxy Book has two USB 3.1 Type-C port, microSD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In addition, it comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0 technology and optional LTE. Both the variants arrive in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi together with LTE features.
Price: According to ieTechnology, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 starts at $799 for the 128 GB version with Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB RAM. The variant with 128 GB storage and Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM has a price tag of $999. The 256GB variant with 8GB of RAM and the i5 processor has a price tag of $1299.
The Intel Core i7 processor variant is reportedly having an 8GB of RAM starts at $1599 and the one with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD has a price tag of $2199. The 1TB variant with Intel Core i7 processor is priced at $2699.
The Samsung Galaxy Book with a 10.6-inch screen with Wi-Fi only starts at $629.99, while the 12-inch Wi-Fi only starts at $1,129.99 and the LTE variant has a price tag of $1,299.99. It shall be noted that the pricing of the devices may change depending on the region it is being sold.
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