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Samsung Galaxy Book 12

SM-W720
SAM-GB12
24
MONTHS WARRANTY

Description

Due to distribution issues in the UK, we will no longer be listing the Galaxy Book range.

Samsung Galaxy Book 12 (SIM Free/UK)

Samsung Galaxy Book 12 SIM Free UK PromoChoosing a new computer has always been tough. In recent years, the rise of smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and all-in-ones has made decisions even harder!

For a large proportion of us that require a full desktop experience, Windows is still the OS of choice. Of course, the modern world has trained us to want as much power as possible in a small, lightweight and touch-ready device.

The Galaxy Book range for 2017 is aiming squarely at mobile professionals and students with high workloads. Choosing either a 10.6" or this 12" model, a full desktop Windows 10 experience is installed, alongside a detachable keyboard with trackpad and the productivity enhancing S-Pen.

SIM Free / Unlocked UK Stock

If you choose the Cellular model then Clove will provide a fully SIM Free and factory unlocked device. This uses a Nano SIM card and is compatible with all UK & European GSM, 3G and 4G/LTE data networks.

For LTE compatibility outside of Europe, please check the specifications with your network operator.

If purchasing a cellular / LTE enabled version for use outside of the EU, you may wish to read the information regarding the international region lock on new Samsung stock - please refer to the end of this description*.

Reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy Book 12

  • Windows 10
  • 12" HDR Super AMOLED display with 2160 x 1440 resolution (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • 3.1 GHz dual-core Intel Kaby Lake (7th Gen) Core-i5 processor
  • Includes QWERTY Keyboard Cover & S-Pen
  • 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM
  • Expandable memory (up to 256GB) with micro SD
  • Sealed 39.04W Li-ion battery with Fast Charging
  • 2x USB Type-C connectors
  • GPS / GLONASS / Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n
  • Optional cellular model (Nano SIM with 4G / LTE)

Colour and memory variants

The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is available in a Black / Silver finish. Clove Technology has models available with 128GB of storage, micro SD card support and 4GB RAM. Different versions may be available in other global regions.

You can also choose between a Cellular model with 4G LTE support or a Wi-Fi Only version.

Box contents

  • Samsung Galaxy Book 12" Tablet
  • Detachable QWERTY keyboard
  • S-Pen
  • UK mains adapter (fast charger)
  • USB Type-C data cable
  • SIM / SD card tray pin

Overview

The Galaxy Book has been developed to become the new PC for a modern generation of Windows users. This is a smart and capable device that carefully balances the line between productivity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Galaxy Book 12 runs a full desktop version of Windows 10, powered by a new 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) Intel processor. This Core-i5 dual-core 3.1 GHz chip is versatile and powerful enough to run a full office suite and mid-range editing programs.

Also included is Samsung's S-Pen stylus. Seen before on the Samsung's Note range smartphones, the S-Pen can determine, up to, 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and has a superfine 0.7mm tip for pinpoint accuracy on screen. S Pen is passive and does not require charging.

Not only is Windows 10 built with touch input in mind, Samsung has also developed their own productivity apps for Windows 10 to help you make the most out of the S-Pen as a daily tool.

Design

Samsung has employed their respected design and manufacturing to create a sleek tablet that looks every part a high-end Galaxy device.

Galaxy Book's fascia is modest, with a decent-sized bezel providing room to grip without obstructing the screen. The edges and corners curve elegantly and are manufactured from a metallic material which is easy on the eye.

Slim and lightweight, the 12" model Galaxy Book weighs in at well under 800 grams so is easy to carry in a bag or satchel, or rest when working during a commute. The keyboard cover dock doubles as a media stand to provide the option to type on a flat or elevated surface.

Stunning Display

Super AMOLED technology is one of Samsung's crowning achievements. Used across the top-tier Galaxy range and by many other OEM device makers, the screens offer incredible brightness, contrast ratios and power efficiency.

Samsung is also incorporating HDR (10-bit colour) technology for extra-vivid imagery.

A 12-inch panel is just the right size to browse, type and watch entertainment comfortably on the move while remaining portable.

The 3:2 aspect ratio offers the best use of screen space at this size, providing more vertical scrolling space in landscape than the standard 16:9 monitor.

Connectivity

Galaxy Book has a full suite of connectivity options. High speed (b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi is available so you can make the most amount out of downloads and file transfers on a secure network.

If you opt for the Cellular version then you can add a Nano SIM card for mobile data on the move at 4G / LTE speeds.

GPS & Bluetooth are included, alongside 2 new USB Type-C connectors for attaching peripherals and other recent smart devices.

Imaging

If you need to use a camera on the tablet then the Galaxy Book offers a high resolution 13 MP module with autofocus on the back for traditional photos. A 5 MP front-facing camera can also handle selfies and video calls.

*Since September 2013, Samsung has implemented a 'region lock' on all new stock. Clove Technology only has access to models designed for the “European” region, which covers both UK and mainland Europe. The compatible countries are listed below**.

For correct operation, this handset should be activated inside one of these countries with a SIM card issued for use there. The device will then be able to accept SIM cards from outside of these countries.

Activation requires turning the device on for the first time & completing set-up with the SIM installed, then completing at least 5 minutes of voice call(s) with this SIM.

Without activation you may still use the device outside of these countries when 'roaming' - using a SIM card from the listed countries.

If this activation procedure is not followed then the device will lock when first attempted to be used with a SIM card from outside of these regions. Local Samsung support may provide a code to unlock such handsets.

**All member states of the E.E.A and the following additional territories: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.

IF YOUR CHOSEN DELIVERY COUNTY IS NOT LISTED, CLOVE TECHNOLOGY WILL BREAK THE SEAL ON THIS DEVICE AND ACTIVATE IT. YOU MUST AGREE TO THIS PROCEDURE IN THE CHECKOUT BEFORE THE SALE WILL COMPLETE.

Specification

UnlockedYes
Operating System
  • PlatformWindows
  • Version10
Processor
  • Speed3.1 GHz
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/Model7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • CapacityUp to 256 GB
RAM4 / 8 GB
ROM
Internal Storage
  • Size128 / 256 GB SSD
  • Extras
Display
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size12 inch
  • Resolution2160 x 1440
  • Type & ExtrasSuper AMOLED
SIM SlotYes
GSM/GPRSYes
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G/HSPAYes
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
4GYes
  • FrequenciesTBC
  • SpeedLTE Cat.6 (300 Mbps)
BluetoothYes
  • Version4.1
  • FunctionsBLE / A2DP
WiFiYes
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
DLNAYes
  • Version
Ports
  • PowerUSB 3.1 (Type-C 1.0 connector) x2
  • Audio3.5mm jack
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • KeyboardRemovable 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Optical TrackpadTouchpad on keyboard dock
  • Hardware ButtonsPower / Volume
Sensors
  • G-SensorYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass and GyroYes
  • Light SensorYes
GPSYes
  • Antenna TypeInternal (GPS / GLONASS)
  • A-GPSYes (Cellular model only)
  • Built-in SoftwareWindows Maps (with Windows 10)
Audio
  • Formats
  • Recording
Video
  • FormatsPlayback: 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 60fps
  • RecordingFHD (1920 x 1080) @ 30fps
Camera
  • Megapixels13MP
  • FlashNo
  • Camera LensAutofocus
  • Other
WebcamYes
  • Type5 MP
Battery
  • TypeNon-removable 39.04W Li-ion battery with Fast Charging
  • Removable
  • Standby Time
  • Battery LifeUp to 10.5 hrs
Dimensions291.3 x 199.8 x 7.4 mm
Weight754 grams
SoftwareStandard Windows 10 Apps, Samsung Notes, Air Command, Samsung Flow
OtherSamsung S-Pen
Warranty24 months

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  • Chris the ginger 3/8/2017 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    I love this product - Samsung have got this one right!! :)
  • Andrew Mcaulay 2/8/2017 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    I have had the Galaxy Book 12 for nearly a week now and have probably had about 30 hrs use from gaming, browsing and watching Netflix and Football - so what do I think so far?

    The 1st thing to mention is the version I have is the 128GB version with 4GB RAM and 12" AMOLED screen variant with a 7th gen i5 processor and it packs a punch. The screen is stunning and is enabled with HDR also which looks fantastic on the bright and vivid display.

    After unboxing it is pleasant to find that it comes with a detachable full keyboard which is also backlit and requires no charging itself, it draws the power required from the tablet component. In the box is also the Galaxy S Pen which if you have ever used a Galaxy Note will be familiar with - when using the Book as a tablet I tend to use the S Pen instead of my finger (mainly because I want to keep the gorgeous screen fingerprint free), The S Pen can be used for all sorts of handwriting, taking post it notes =, drawing and annotating documents.

    So I'm impressed out of the box - now can it replace my laptop??? I have doubts to begin with but with each activity I am ticking another box.

    Gaming - Confession Time, I'm a huge Football Manager fan and have been playing for years - so if the Samsung Book doesn't run Football Manager smoothly then its game over for me, however I was pleasantly surprised that it runs at a smoother frame rate than my current laptop which has a dedicated Graphics card - that's a big ticks for me. I'm not a big PC gamer but certainly for Football Manager it runs fantastic.

    Video Content - So with a fantastic AMOLED QHD screen viewing video content has to be high on the agenda so I set about watching hours of Netflix and also watching HD Football online. This device is perfect for holidays, commuting etc and watching content on the go as the 12" screen is big enough to enjoy every detail without being too big, in fact it is very slim indeed and not much thicker than my Samsung S8 so it packs away very neatly.

    Business Use - The S Pen makes for a great business tool as you can take a picture of a whiteboard/flipchart with the great 13 mp camera and then doodle over it. Even better I connected it to a projector and brought up a whiteboard on the Samsung Book and used the S Pen to create my Whiteborad rather than standing with a pen meaning I can capture multiple whiteboards, edit and share instantly.

    So far so good from the Samsung Book :-)
  • Lily17 9/5/2017 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Very good tablet. It's easy to use and has a good battery life.
  • Nick L 6/8/2017 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    After previously owning a convertible 15" laptop, I have found using a Galaxy Book great so far.

    Pros
    • Start-up - very quick, much faster than my laptop (probably due to the SSD).
    • Screen - the lovely super AMOLED screen (2160 x 1440 resolution) is very sharp and the best I have seen.
    • Keyboard - as a tablet it is great having a lightweight keyboard with a backlight and easy to attach remove from the screen. (Although understandably not as solid as a full laptop keyboard.)
    • Keyboard cover - the cover does not add much to the thickness of the book and provides several different angle stands for the screen.
    • S-Pen - something I never had on my laptop and it works well - useful for quickly writing post-it notes, or annotating screen shots. The hand writing recognition also works very well.
    • Battery life has been fine so far.

    Cons
    • Storage - The model I have has 128GB storage which is rather small these days, although you can add an SD card with more storage.
    • Screen size - I am used to bigger screen sizes for a laptop so 12" can seem a bit cramped, although bigger than most tablets.

    Summary
    Overall, I think the Galaxy Book will replace my laptop 90% of the time, the lighter form factor, quick boot-up time and pen do make it very usable. I am taking off 1 star due to the small built in storage, but a great product otherwise.
  • rebecca 6/8/2017 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    First impressions taking it out of the box were very positive. As with all Samsung products, looks smart and sleek. Light in weight and not too big so far so good.

    I have been using the tablet for 3 days aggressively and very impressed with the battery life, I have only needed to charge it once. The battery doesn't tend to overheat which I was expecting, when the fan kicks in it isn't to imposing.

    The only bit I am not a fan of is the keyboard, great that it lights up and is light weight however, the lag is really frustrating to the point where I have stopped using it. I have tried every which way to stand the tablet up and it doesn't stay in place, even on a really flat surface which is really disappointing. Given I would potentially use this as a work device I would need to buy a more robust and reliable stand.

    That said I would happily recommend the tablet, takes a bit of using to get used to Windows 10 thought!!

    I like that the charger can be used across the Samsung products so a nice added bonus there.

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