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Samsung is backing away from its $ 1,000 Chromebooks with its cheaper Galaxy Chromebook 2

Samsung is backing away from its $ 1,000 Chromebooks with its cheaper Galaxy Chromebook 2

CES 2021 is next week, and announcements are starting to hit the wire. Last year, Samsung launched Galaxy Chromebook, A high-end, $ 1,000 Chrome OS laptop that I felt was the successor to Google Pixelbook. Just like Google, after the experience the sales From a premium $ 1,000 Chromebook, Samsung decided to temper the distinction in later releases, and today ”Galaxy Chromebook 2Is a cheaper follow-up.

The Galaxy Chromebook appeared last year with a 13.3-inch 4K OLED display, but this year, Samsung broke the spec sheet and cut it to come up with a lower price. Instead of 4K OLED, we have a 1080p LCD. The laptop is slower, thicker, and heavier than last year, with less storage, fewer cameras, and less RAM. All that cost cut nearly halved the price, though: It starts now at $ 549.

Starting at $ 549, you get a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 (16: 9) LCD touchscreen; 1.9GHz, 14nm, dual-core Intel Celeron 5205U; 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM; 64 GB of eMMC storage; And a 45.5-watt-hour battery. For $ 699, there’s an upgraded model with Intel Core i3-10110U, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The laptop still has an aluminum chassis and still comes in very red or gray. The laptop is now 13.9mm thick instead of last year’s 9.9mm. The weight rises from 2.29 pounds to 2.71 pounds. The keyboard is still lit from the back, there are still stereo speakers, and you still get a 360-degree hinge, Wi-Fi 6, two USB-C ports, and expandable MicroSD storage. Unfortunately, Samsung has removed the fingerprint sensor.

You put the camera down Where?

The Galaxy Chromebook 1’s tricks have also been cut short. Last year, the laptop appeared with a strange second camera on the keyboard surface, not as a camera Awesome put in the nose But as a rear camera in tablet mode, allowing you to capture pictures of the world with the giant 13.3-inch viewfinder. The laptop also no longer has a storable pen. Last year, Samsung basically raided the Galaxy Note assembly line and added a mirrored and storable S-Pen to Chromebook 1. This year, only separate and unstable USI pen support is available.

The old Chromebook 1 was known for its poor battery life, possibly thanks to its 4K OLED display, so we hope this year ‘s cost reduction will also be due to reasonable battery life. There have also been issues with the last year overheating, and this model is not only thicker but has vents in the back. So hopefully, this was fixed as well. The laptop comes out sometime in the first quarter of 2021.

Image list by Samsung

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