The market for high-end Chromebooks is a small, yet significant one, yet the major player in this segment seems to be Google itself. Most Chromebooks on the market feature mid to low range specs and affordable pricing, yet the Pixelbook and the Pixelbook Go are two Chrome OS-based devices that carry as much processing power as a high-end Windows laptop. Whether you need that amount of power in your Chromebook is up to everyone’s usage and opinions on this matter, though. Samsung is also planning to enter this market segment with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, so at least you’ll have alternatives to choose from.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is part of Samsung’s new series of Galaxy Book laptops, which have also included the Galaxy Book Flex and the Galaxy Book Ion. Both of these are powered by Windows 10 and offer mostly conventional high-end specifications. The Galaxy Chromebook takes cues from these devices to a Chrome OS perspective. Just like the Galaxy Book Flex, the Galaxy Chromebook features a 360-degree hinge which allows the user to engage with the device both as a tablet and a laptop, something which is further complemented by the laptop’s slim, light profile: at 9.9mm, it is barely any thicker than your current phone with a case. Given how Chrome OS provides Android apps, the tablet experience should work splendidly.
As for the specifications, the device features a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, up to 1 TB of SSD storage, and a 4K AMOLED display. It will set you back $999.99 for the entry model, while pricing for the higher-specced version remains unknown. The device is set to launch during the first quarter of the year.
|Dimensions||302.6 x 203.2 x 9.9mm|
|Display||13.3” 4K AMOLED Display (3840×2160), Touch Screen|
|CPU||Intel® 10th generation Core Processor|
|Graphics||Intel® UHD Graphics|
|Memory||Up to 16GB (LPDDR3)|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2|
|Camera / Mic||1MP (Front), 8MP (on Keyboard deck)|
Internal Digital Dual Array Mic + Mono Mic
|Audio||Stereo Speakers (2W x 2)|
|Ports||USB-C (2) | 3.5pi HP/Mic | UFS/MicroSD Combo|
Are you excited about Samsung’s newest Chromebook?