Cheaper Galaxy Chromebook 2 to make some sacrifices for better battery life
What you need to know
- Alleged specs of the upcoming Galaxy Chromebook 2 have appeared in a leaked slide.
- The slide mentions a switch from an OLED display to QLED.
- The Galaxy Chromebook 2 may also come with a cheaper price tag at $699.
It seems like only yesterday that leaked renders appeared showing a familiar-looking design for the Galaxy Chromebook 2. Beyond some very slight changed to the positions of the ports, the follow-up to this year's Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is expected to look largely the same, which isn't a bad thing considering it was one of the best Chromebooks of the year. It seems we may have some leaked specs of the successor, and they paint an interesting picture for the direction Samsung is taking this line.
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According to a leaked slide, Samsung seems to be taking a more cautious approach with the Galaxy Chromebook 2. For example, the chip powering the device will be a 10th-gen Intel Core i3, which is a bit of a step down from the 10th-gen Core i5 on the original model. Additionally, the 4K OLED display is gone, replaced by a QLED panel, which appears to be the first on a Chromebook. These changes will essentially equate to better battery life, with a targeted 12+ hours, compared to the targeted 8-hour battery life on the original.
The choice to stick with a 10th-gen processor is a curious decision, considering 11th-gen chips will be available next year, but there may not have been enough time to get one on the device. Also, Samsung seems to be aiming for a less-premium target with the Galaxy Chromebook 2, with a rumored $699 price tag, which is quite a step-down from the $999 asking price of the original model. Thus, the choice of processors may likely be a price-related decision.
The only other detail we have is that the device may see a launch in February, and will be available on Samsung's website and Best Buy.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is one of the best-looking Chromebooks you can buy, not just on the outside, but on the inside as well with it's gorgeous 13.3" 4K OLED display. The convertible design and built-in stylus make this the ultimate Chromebook for productivity.
- $899 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
Yeah you're lucky to get 5 hours on the current one. I'm only glad I received it while working from home because I really like everything else about it, except battery life.
I'll probably have to pass on this one too as they just can't seem to find the right balance. Dumping Intel for AMD might have helped instead of settling for the low-end i3 with garbage graphics. For $700 and change, I'd probably be better off with an iPad Air.