Samsung Galaxy Book Vs Surface Pro 4: Spec-by-Spec Comparison

Simon Alvarez

The Samsung Galaxy Book is one of the South Korean tech giant's most interesting devices this year, with capabilities far beyond that of a conventional tablet and a form factor that is far more portable and attractive than most laptops in the market. Inasmuch as the Samsung Galaxy Book is a powerhouse device, however, it would have to compete against the current king of hybrid devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Note, however, that the comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and the Galaxy Book would involve specs and hardware that are found in the 12-inch variant of Samsung's device. Samsung has also revealed a 10.6-inch version of the Galaxy Book, though its specs are far inferior to its larger sibling's. Thus, for better comparison, the 12-inch variant of the Galaxy Book is compared with the Surface Pro 4.

While the Galaxy Book is powered by a full-fledged Windows 10 operating system, its software does lag a bit when compared with the Surface Pro 4's Windows 10 Pro OS. While the differences between the Pro and the non-Pro version of W10 are fairly marginal, power users would still be able to notice that the Surface Pro 4's operating system is a bit more robust than the Galaxy Book's OS.

What really sets apart the Galaxy Book from the Surface Pro 4, however, are the processors that power them. While the Microsoft device has more generous storage and RAM, the Galaxy Book's 3.1GHz Core i5 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor beats out the Surface Pro 4's 6th-generation Skylake chips. Of course, the fact that the Surface Pro 4 is more than a year old explains the device's inferior processor, but in this respect, at least, the Samsung Galaxy Book is the winner.

Of course, this would all depend on the pricing of Samsung's latest hybrid device. The South Korean tech giant has not announced the official price of the Galaxy Book, but considering that it is aimed at the enterprise and power users, there is a pretty good chance that the hybrid would be priced fairly high. If this happens, then its more advanced processor and accessories would be key to justify its cost, especially when compared with the Surface Pro 4's $929 asking price. For now, the Galaxy Book appears to be a compelling alternative to Microsoft's device, until the Surface Pro 5 gets released, anyway.