Samsung launches a lower-powered, cheaper Galaxy Chromebook 2-in-1

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360
Enlarge / Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360.

Samsung launched its newest Chrome OS gadget in the present day, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. Whereas some Samsung Chromebooks occupy the higher echelon of Chromebooks when it comes to costs and specs, its latest providing is a step down.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360’s nomenclature could also be a bit complicated. The Galaxy Chromebook 2, which is at present obtainable with a beginning MSRP of $550, additionally has a 360-degree hinge, regardless of missing “360” in its identify. However the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 begins on the decrease value of $430, making it a extra attainable possibility for college students or for these in search of a secondary gadget.

The new Chromebook only comes in silver.
Enlarge / The brand new Chromebook solely is available in silver.

The obvious distinction is the show measurement. The brand new Chromebook has a smaller 12.4-inch LED panel, whereas the older Galaxy Chromebook 2 makes use of a 13.3-inch QLED panel, which applies quantum dots to carry a big coloration protection declare of 100% DCI-P3. Samsung hasn’t made any particular coloration claims for its newest Chromebook.

Nevertheless, the Chromebook 2 360 has a sharper, taller display screen than any of the opposite Galaxy Chromebooks, with 2560×1600 decision and a 16:10 side ratio, relatively than a 16:9, 1920×1080 show. The touchscreen additionally claims to hit 340 nits of brightness.

However in comparison with the pricier, greater mannequin, you are shorter battery life (an alleged 10 hours on the Chromebook 2 360 versus 13 hours with the Chromebook), no choice to improve from 4GB to 8GB of RAM, and a slower CPU. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360’s Intel Celeron N4500 has a base clock velocity of 1.1 GHz that may increase to as much as 2.8 GHz, whereas the Galaxy Chromebook 2’s Intel Celeron 5205U (you may additionally get it with a Tenth-Gen Intel Core i3), runs at 2.1-4.1 GHz.

Different specs embody 64 or 128GB of storage, (which ups the worth to $450), a 720p webcam, two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, a 3.5 mm jack, and a microSD card reader. Maybe the saddest downgrade is that the brand new Chromebook solely is available in silver, not “Fiesta Purple” like its predecessor.

Samsung's pricier Galaxy Chromebook and Galaxy Chromebook 2 come in Fiesta Red (pictured) or Mercury Gray.
Enlarge / Samsung’s pricier Galaxy Chromebook and Galaxy Chromebook 2 are available Fiesta Purple (pictured) or Mercury Grey.

Contemplating its youthful viewers, Samsung claimed to make the brand new Chromebook “sturdy, sturdy and shock resistant,” with a spill-resistant keyboard. Nevertheless, Samsung did not present particulars on these claims, which differs from rival Chromebook makers like Acer, which this 12 months introduced student-focused Chromebooks which are mentioned to have the ability to stand up to as much as 11 fluid ounces and have keys which are purported to be laborious to tear out.

Samsung's new Chromebook goes up to $450.
Enlarge / Samsung’s new Chromebook goes as much as $450.

Naturally, Samsung could not resist a push for its smaller Galaxy gadgets with its new Galaxy Chromebook. The corporate’s announcement pointed to Cellphone Hub, which helps you to management textual content messages and Do Not Disturb mode on an Android telephone by way of the brand new two-in-one. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 additionally helps Close by Share for sending information to Android gadgets over Wi-Fi.

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