Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 looks as if it’ll enhance on the battery life and value of its predecessor, based on leaked Samsung slides (through 9to5Google). The previous Galaxy Chromebook was an attractively designed 2-in-1 that nonetheless faltered as a result of its battery life and excessive $999 price ticket. If these slides are to be believed, then subsequent yr may maintain some Chromebooks to be hopeful about.
Crucial change is that battery life. The slides shared by leaker WalkingCat say Samsung is concentrating on 12-plus hours of battery life on this new mannequin. That’s much more than the measly 4 hours and 20 minutes (and the 8 hours Samsung promised) we noticed in our assessment of this yr’s mannequin.
Samsung’s slides additionally notice the Galaxy Chromebook 2 would be the first Chromebook with a QLED, or quantum dot LED, display screen. The corporate’s earlier Chromebook used a 4K AMOLED, a alternative which appeared to harm the battery lifetime of the gadget. Switching to QLED would match the change Samsung made in its non-Chrome OS laptops in 2020.
The previous Galaxy Chromebook relied on an Intel Tenth-gen Core i5 that was greater than able to dealing with the duties Samsung imagined clients would use the gadget for, however this new Galaxy Chromebook 2 is supposedly switching to a Tenth-gen Core i3. It isn’t essentially a step down for browser-based work in Chrome OS, however it’s fascinating contemplating the availability of 11th-gen Intel processors in 2021.
All these modifications could have performed a task within the $699 (possible entry-level) value, the ultimate notable tidbit from WalkingCat’s leak. The unique Galaxy Chromebook was pitched as one thing “premium” for “professionals,” and at the least from the renders we’ve seen, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is sustaining that modern design.
The Galaxy Chromebook 2’s cheaper value places it nearer to precise high-end Chromebooks than to correct laptops from Apple and others. Swapping to a distinct processor, and counting on a show it already sources for its different laptops, might assist enhance gross sales, particularly when mixed with a lower cost level.
We’ll have to attend until that promised February 2021 launch date from the slide to know for certain. However CES 2021 is correct across the nook, and with it comes the potential for some readability on Samsung’s Chromebook roadmap for subsequent yr and past.