Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 Hands On: Cheaper & QLED Screen

The title of Samsung “Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2” is a bit misleading. Yes, this $549.99 laptop is technically the second device to use the “Samsung Galaxy Chromebook” name. But this is not a sequel, but an upgrade: Samsung has not added a lot of new features or added many specifications.

The company launched the Galaxy Chromebook for the last time at CES, a bright red convertible with a Razor Thin and a 4K OLED screen. Its other Galaxy notebooks such as the Book Flex series have also been carefully designed with similar sharp outlines and brilliant colors.

However, despite its beautiful appearance, the battery life of the Galaxy Chromebook is poor, thanks in large part to the 4K OLED screen. Its price is as high as $999, which is comparable in price to Google’s original Pixelbook.

Chromebook 2

As far as most hardware is concerned, the Galaxy Chromebook 2, which will be released in the first quarter of 2021, is actually a step lower than its predecessor. Removed some of the features that make the Chromebook stand out-no AMOLED screen or included stylus.

It retains the unique color of the original font, but on paper, the world of Chromebook 2 is out of reach. It is not fancy or flashy; it does not transcend category boundaries. This is a Chromebook with a regular configuration.

Samsung Chromebook 2 Design

From the appearance point of view, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 does not look much different from the Galaxy Chromebook. Because the color is big, it is big. Galaxy Chromebook 2 comes with a bold “holiday red”, which looks bright red or bright orange depending on the light. Either way, it will turn its head.

However, when you pick up the Chromebook 2, you will feel the first corner cut by Samsung. The thickness of the Chromebook 2 is significantly thicker and heavier than the previous product: 2.71 pounds and 0.55 inches, while the Galaxy Chromebook’s 2.29 pounds and 0.38 inches.

Of course, with the advent of the Chromebook, it still has a lot of portability-Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 is thicker and heavier. One thing I want to note is that although I can easily use the Galaxy Chromebook as a tablet, holding the Chromebook 2 for a long time is more troublesome.

Chromebook 2 New Features

The second major change: the screen. The Galaxy Chromebook’s display is its main function. This is the first 4K AMOLED panel ever to appear on a Chromebook, and it is one of the deadliest gorgeous screens I have ever seen on a laptop.

No Chromebook 2 has an FHD (1920 x 1080) QLED screen. Despite the similar name, the QLED panel is not an OLED panel, but an LED-backlit LCD screen using Samsung’s quantum dot technology.

You won’t see the same natural contrast and impeccable black as OLED.

However, this does not mean that the screen is bad. Chromebook 2 is the first Chromebook equipped with a QLED display, and QLED is still very good. Samsung said that this product can produce more than one billion colors.

I watched some videos on my device and they all looked good. Most importantly, the sound sounds great and can easily fill a large test area far below its maximum volume. All in all, a good multimedia experience.

The Galaxy Chromebook’s case has some other beautiful features, not here. There is no built-in stylus although you can buy it separately, no keyboard dock camera, and no fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Price & Specifications

Regarding internal content, you have two options. The base model priced at $549.99 includes Intel Celeron 5205U, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage.

The $699.99 configuration has an Intel Core i3-10110U, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage space. Both models have two USB-C ports, a MicroSD slot, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a 720p webcam.

The Chromebook 2’s Core i3 processor is another downgrade of its predecessor with Core i5-10210U, but I hesitate to say that this is a big compromise.

Celeron, on the other hand, is fairly introductory. I generally don’t recommend using it for general browsing or work outside of the light office-the $699 model is probably the best choice for most people.

The Galaxy Chromebook has many excellent features, but it can only last about four hours and 20 minutes on a single charge. In my opinion, no matter how good the look is, no one should buy a $999 Chromebook that cannot be used even for 5 hours.

Oops, I don’t think anyone will spend $700 on a Chromebook that doesn’t even last for 5 hours. There are better options.

Therefore, when Samsung sends the Galaxy Chromebook 2 for review, all eyes will be on battery life. Given its lower-resolution screen and low-power processor, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chromebook 2’s performance surpassed previous products.

On the other hand, the Chromebook 2 has a slightly smaller battery and the Chromebook Flip C436 with the same processor and screen resolution.

Galaxy Chromebook 2 is not like that. It is neither aimed at a new user group nor is it aimed at breaking the boundaries of Chromebooks. I am very happy to see this because what I really want is a Chromebook that is priced between $549 and $699, which is well-made.

Despite its thin profile, the Chromebook 2’s keyboard makes typing incredibly comfortable. The keys are evenly spaced, and although the stroke is less than before, the depth of the keys is good.

Although the touchpad is spacious, it feels a bit sluggish, but since it is a preview unit, I reserve my judgment on this for now.

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