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Samsung is fresh from introducing new Windows 10 devices at its Galaxy Unpacked event, and the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are two very fascinating devices to say the least.
Both bring vibrant AMOLED displays as well as the new 11th generation processors from Intel to the table and try to stir up the ever-growing market for Windows 10 devices.
Aside from the natural comparisons between 2 and 1 and laptop, you may be wondering how the two compare. That's why we're here today, we're going to take a look at the two devices for you and take a closer look at price, performance, design and everything else that is different between them.
When buying a premium Windows device, price always comes first. In this area, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are neck to neck. Both are expensive things to do, although the Galaxy Book Pro is the cheaper option to start with.
Prices for the Galaxy Book Pro, which is a clamshell laptop, start at $ 1,000. This gives you an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB solid-state drive. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 2-in-1 is now priced at $ 1,200. For both devices, this price is the 13-inch base configuration. If you opt for the larger 15-inch versions or the more powerful Core i7 processor, the price goes up.
As a 2-in-1 device with a foldable screen, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is of course more expensive. It also includes an S pen for coloring in. Remember that unlike the Surface Pen or other Wacom pens, the S Pen doesn't have Bluetooth on board.
You can also change the configurations as you wish by adding more RAM or storage to increase the price accordingly. There are options for 5G on the Galaxy Book Pro 360 that you can configure later this year. The Galaxy Book has an LTE option.
If you look at the design, this is where the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 really differ. As we indicated at the beginning, the Galaxy Book Pro is a clamshell Windows 10 laptop, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 is a 2-in-1 convertible with a touchscreen and 360-degree hinge.
If you don't think touch matters and you never tap your screen with your fingers, the Galaxy Book Pro is for you. If you really need a touchscreen device that you can also ink or draw on, or one that you can rotate the screen on to watch movies, the Galaxy Book 360 is for you. The Galaxy Book Pro does not have a touch screen.
Other than those differences, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 share a bit of the same DNA. Both look and feel very high quality, although they are extremely thin and light. All devices also have a unique color selection. "Mystic Navy" and "Mystic Bronze" are specific to the Galaxy Book Pro 360. "Mystic Blue" and "Mystic Silver" are the color options for the Galaxy Book Pro.
Another notable design feature is the keyboard. If you want a full-size keyboard with a number pad, pick up the 15-inch models of both devices. The 13-inch models are a bit cramped for cracking numbers. Note, however, that Samsung has tweaked the keyboard over last year's Galaxy Book Ion and Flex. You can now find the fingerprint reader in the power button on the keyboard and the right Alt key has returned. They are all supplied with a 1 mm key stroke.
Finally there is the ad. Don't let the larger 15-inch display option fool you. The resolution of both models is Full HD (1920 x 1080). The screens don't have as many pixels as a Surface Laptop or MacBook Pro, but they are very vibrant. Samsung is using AMOLED for the Galaxy Book Pro and Super AMOLED (which adds touch) for the Galaxy Book Pro 360. These are some of the first 1080p 13-inch laptops to offer OLED screens.
This means more vivid and true-to-life colors no matter what you do. Oh, and all models have a 720p webcam on display. Samsung isn't going for 1080p as some new laptop manufacturers have started implementing it.
Both devices use a screen with an aspect ratio of 16: 9, which means that both have a thick lower bezel.
Ports and Connectivity
If you don't want to use dongles, you should slide the Galaxy Book Pro over the Galaxy Book Pro 360. Here's why.
The Galaxy Book Pro 360 has a Thunderbolt 4 port as well as two USB-C ports, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Book Pro has a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-C port, a conventional USB-A 3.2 port, an HDMI port, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot.
The addition of USB-A and HDMI to the Galaxy Book Pro eliminates the need to purchase dongles to connect flash drives, printers, and other peripherals. USB-C also means you can use any PD charger to charge these devices. (Samsung has included a quick charger for you.)
There are also differences in terms of connectivity. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 has the upper hand as it supports faster 5G cellular networks in configurations released later. However, both laptops have Wi-Fi 6E.
Portability and battery life
The portability of these devices depends on the size and battery life. They're both insanely portable devices, with the Galaxy Book Pro being the slightly smaller option.
The Galaxy Book Pro is 0.44 inches thin on the 13-inch model and 0.47 inches on the 15-inch model. For the Galaxy Book Pro 360, the dimensions are 0.45 inches and 0.49 inches.
The Book Pro 13-inch model weighs 1.9 pounds and the 15-inch model weighs 2.3 pounds. As for the convertible, the 13-inch Book Pro 360 is just 2.3 pounds and the 15-inch model is 3.1 pounds. This extreme portability is made possible by the use of Samsung 6000 series aluminum alloy in all devices.
Samsung didn't say much about battery life, but does mention that the devices have a 63 watt hour battery. Last year's Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion had 69.7 Wh batteries, so the size has shrunk.
However, the 11th generation Intel CPUs significantly improve battery life on laptops. We hope you can be charged throughout the day.
The performance for both the Galaxy Book Pro and the Galaxy Book Pro 360 should be the same regardless of the selected performance. Thanks to the 11th generation processors from Intel that power both devices, we were able to significantly increase graphics and productivity performance.
Just note that if you go for the 15-inch models, you won't get a dedicated graphics card. Intel Iris Xe graphics are standard in the new Samsung lineup. This means that you should expect a boost for both light gaming and video editing. Daily productivity should also be high on both devices.
For the best performance, Samsung allows you to configure both devices with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. This will give you the best performance and the most space for your photos and videos. Of course, it comes at an increased price.
It's your decision
Aside from the price, the main difference between these two laptops is the design. The touchscreen and 360-degree hinge make the Galaxy Book Pro 360 a more adaptable laptop, but the Galaxy Book Pro's additional ports make it extremely convenient.
Both devices will go on sale May 14th.