You Can Preorder the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Now

Posted on February 16, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Chromebook, Chrome OS with 15 Comments

Samsung announced today that customers can now preorder its Galaxy Chromebook 2, with prices starting at $550. The device will be available for purchase starting March 1.

“Many kids grew up using Chromebooks in school, and as they enter the workforce, their needs evolve, they’re looking for premium, powerful hardware that can elevate that intuitive Google experience,” Samsung’s Shoneel Kolhatkar said when the Chromebook2 was first announced at CES in January. “We designed the Galaxy Chromebook 2 with these users in mind, taking the popular features from Galaxy Chromebook—incredible visuals, great specs, and gorgeous design and color—and bringing them to a wider base of customers.”

The Galaxy Chromebook2 is available in both Mercury Gray and a stunning Fiesta Red color and is the first Chromebook to include a QLED display, which Samsung describes as one of its “signature television innovations.” That 13.3-inch display is accompanied by a 2-in-1 form factor with multitouch and smartpen capabilities, 10th-generation Intel Core processors, 8 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. It’s just 13.9 mm (.55 inches) thick and weighs 1.23 kg (2.7 pounds).

You can learn more on the Samsung website.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “You Can Preorder the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Now”

  1. Pierre Masse

    Would be nice with 10X on it.

  2. red.radar

    Hardware looks attractive for the price point. Can you erase ChromeOS and just load a standard Linux distribution ?

  3. christophercollins

    The big question here will be if the battery life is abysmal as the first one was. It was a great machine, but most only got 4 or 5 hours on battery.

  4. ebraiter

    $550 for a Chromebrick? I'll pass.

    Someone gave me a Chromebrick [and not just the Samsung one], I'd wipe it and install a REAL operating systems.

  5. Saarek

    “Many kids grew up using Chromebooks in school, and as they enter the workforce, their needs evolve"

    How old are these new employees growing up with Chromebooks and ready to start work, 10?

    I wonder why the storage maxes out at 128GB?

    • Paul Thurrott

      Because no one who uses a Chromebook needs more than that? Everything you work on is in the cloud.
    • jdawgnoonan

      In reply to Saarek:

      I think it is more likely that people entering the workforce will adapt to computers provided by their employer than employers will be fielding the devices of their new employees choice. I mean hell, you can install Chrome on anything. Does anyone use the G-Suite if they can afford something better?

      • wright_is

        In reply to jdawgnoonan:

        Exactly. While Chromebooks have some plus points, a new employee coming into a company, especially somebody just starting their career is not going to be able to dictate what technology the company should use - unless they are the CTO or CSO.

        If the company uses Windows, you will get a Windows device, if they use Macs, you'll get a Mac, if they use ChromeOS, you'll get a Chromebook.

        You'll get short shrift, if you try and tell your boss you want a Chromebook, when the company's ERP system, telephone software, productivity suite etc. are all Windows only.

        Our employees get either a Dell Optiplex mini desktop PC or a Dell Latitude laptop with Windows 10, end of story.

    • ebraiter

      In reply to Saarek:

      Chromebricks have never caught on with anything but mom and pop companies

      • Paul Thurrott

        Chromebooks dominate in education. They outsold the Mac in 2020, when 1 in every 10 computers sold were Chromebooks.
    • djr1984

      In reply to Saarek:

      I think Chromebooks have been out since around 2012, but have only recently picked up sales numbers worth reporting in the last 5 or so years.

      But yeah, a bit of a hyperbole statement.

  6. StevenLayton

    Have to admit its better build quality than the £165 Chromebooks our students are using, although I do wonder how much better the performance will be. It might be that we don't really push our Chromebooks, but even at the low-end they seem very responsive and have been a godsend during remote learning.

    • mikegalos

      In reply to StevenLayton:

      For over three times the price I'd hope the build quality is better. (That's assuming the usual £/$ parity on imported electronics in the UK. With Brexit complications, who knows these days.)

  7. navarac

    Looks a lot like a Google Pixelbook chassis (only orange rather than silver).

  8. crmguru

    I am building out and online school for education programs in Africa. The eco system of Chromebooks and Google classroom is kinda hard to beat. 1 Login, everything just works, hardware for a student is cheap. We don't have the staff or infrastructure to support complex machines.