The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was the first Chrome OS laptop to feature a 4K AMOLED display when it launched earlier this year. But it was also one of the most expensive Chromebooks on the market, with a $1000 price tag.
Now Samsung is gearing up for round two, and this time the company is still promising a premium product, but at a slightly less premium price.
Yesterday Evan Blass shared the first leaked picture of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2. Today WalkingCat shared some key features and claimed that the 2nd-gen Galaxy Chromebook would be available in February for $699.
Update: Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy Chromebook 2, and as expected, it’s a cheaper alternative to the original. But it’s even more affordable than anticipated, with prices starting at $550.
The new model swaps its 13.3 inch OLED display for a QLED screen similar to the ones Samsung has used in some of its recent Windows laptops. But the Galaxy Chromebook2 will be the first Chrome OS notebook with a QLED screen.
That’s one change that probably helps explain the reduced price. Another is the processor. While the original Galaxy Chromebook had a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U quad-core Comet Lake processor, the Galaxy Chromebook2 has an unspecified 10th-gen Core i3 processor (which almost certainly means it’ll be a cheaper, lower performance dual-core processor).
Other features are said to include support for WiFi 6 connectivity, more than 12 hours of battery life, “premium sound” that’s nearly 1.8X louder than the first-gen, and a compact design: the laptop weighs just about 2.75 pounds.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed the specs or pricing, but the company is holding a series of product launch events in January, so we probably don’t have long to wait for an official announcement.
p.s. how about 699? https://t.co/DDSdmTiDu3
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) December 23, 2020
So they definitely needed to swap out that screen. That screen is what killed the previous model.
But that picture seems to show a cooler vent. And if that’s the case, that will kill this model – at least for me. Chromebooks simply don’t need the performance for active cooling.
Save for the OS (I actually rather like Chrome oS), I’d get the entry level Macbook Air over anything with a fan in it.
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