Samsung's Confusingly Named Galaxy Chromebook 2 Is a Budget Option

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
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Samsung's sole laptop-based announcement ahead of the all-digital CES 2021 is the Galaxy Chromebook 2. Despite the name, don't think of it as a successor to the original Galaxy Chromebook released last year. While that one started at $1,000, this new machine starts at $549.99. It's expected to release in Q1 of this year.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Specs

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CPUIntel Celeron 5205UIntel Core i3-10110U
GraphicsIntel UHD GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Display13.3-inch, QLED, 1920 x 108013.3-inch, QLED, 1920 x 1080
Storage64GB eMMC128GB eMMC
Ports2x USB Type-C, microSD2x USB Type-C, microSD
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6, 802.11ax 2x2Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax 2x2
Size12 x 8 x 0.6 inches12 x 8 x 0.6 inches
Price$549.99 $699.99

At its base price, you hry a 10th Gen Intel Celeron 5205U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A bump to $699.99 nets you an Intel Core i3-10110U, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Neither are using the latest Intel 11th Gen "Tiger Lake" processors.

The original Galaxy Chromebook also has 10th Gen Core chips. There are other similarities, including the 2-in-1 form factor and a red color that stands out. The new one has aluminum on the front and back covers.

This isn't Samsung's first QLED laptop - we've seen it in the Galaxy Book Flex, Galaxy Book Ion and Flex Alpha. But QLED, which uses quantum dot technology for improved brightness and color, is still something we see largely on TVs, so it's cool to see it on a Chromebook. The original Galaxy Chromebook, with a 4K AMOLED display, Intel Core i5-10210U, 1TB SSD, stylus and fingerprint readers isn't going anywhere. These new configurations are simply more introductory options, despite holding the moniker of a sequel. That model was seen as taking over Google's own Pixelbook as the premium go-to for Chrome OS laptops. With a huge need for laptops as students continue to learn at home, we'll see if this cheaper option fills a need.

Andrew E. Freedman

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  • Tom Sunday
    What a mess. Appears not to be even a 11th generation CPU. And this in 2021? Is this called a "Refresh." Samsung presenting such a low end Chromebook in almost the same disguise as their 2020 4K Ultra is confusing. But what do I know about marketing? First we got blessed in 2020 with their heralded 4K Chromebook version only producing 4-hours of running time . Surely their second book version will probably do a 10-hour battery life but that is it. I guess I was naively expecting a super high end new product improving their 2020 4K book model and with 10-hours of screen bliss and so much more.