Google has essentially owned the premium Chromebook market ever since it launched the first Chromebook Pixel way back in 2013. Now, Samsung is about to dive in with its Galaxy Chromebook, which it unveiled at CES 2020. Samsung has finally announced a release date for the laptop, which starts at $1,000. You’ll be able to get the Galaxy Chromebook at Best Buy starting on April 6th.
Many Chromebook aficionados were expecting Google to refresh the Pixelbook in 2019, but the company instead announced the less expensive Pixelbook Go. Samsung worked closely with Google on the Galaxy Chromebook, and many think of it as the true successor to the 2017 Pixelbook. Not only does it have impressive specs, but the design is also reminiscent of the Pixelbook. It’ll come in an understated gray color or the lovely “Fiesta Red” seen above.
The centerpiece of Samsung’s new Chromebook is the 13.3-inch 4K OLED screen. Yes, $1,000 is objectively a lot of money to spend on a Chromebook, but this will be one of the least-expensive, high-resolution OLED laptops available. It will also have 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and a 10th generation Intel Core i5 CPU. At CES, Samsung said it would have a version with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, but there’s no sign of that variant yet. Like other Samsung notebooks, the Galaxy Chromebook comes with a fingerprint sensor and a built-in stylus.
Google has worked to improve the value proposition of Chromebooks over the years with support for Android and Linux applications. The former is included on every Chromebook out of the box, but Linux support is still in beta and requires you to jump through some hoops. Still, the additional software capabilities help to justify the powerful hardware on a device like the Galaxy Chromebook.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is going to be a tough sell when other Chromebooks offer almost the same experience for much less. The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is under $600, and the Google Pixelbook Go is $649. Samsung is probably hoping that 2017 Pixelbook owners will want an upgrade, but Google didn’t sell many of those until the prices dropped. Nevertheless, you can pick up a Galaxy Chromebook next week at Best Buy. There are no pre-orders available at this time.
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