Following a rendering leak on Monday, key specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 have now come with a possible starting price. This comes from a slide tweeted by Microsoft leaker WalkingCat (@h0x0d) Today.
The original model, announced in January, uses a 4K AMOLED touch screen, and Samsung is now following up with a 13.3-inch Quantum dot LED (QLED) screen. Samsung calls it a “world first” for Chromebooks, and a “tested” badge shows “Color Volume 100% acc. To DCI-P3.”
Meanwhile, the next big improvement is “targeted battery life” of over 12 hours. This should largely address the inability of the current model to get through a day without having to recharge. We then see that this Galaxy Chromebook 2 will be offered with an Intel 10th generation i3 processor compared to the i5-10210U today. Wi-Fi 6 Gigabit ac is also announced.
Samsung also exclaims “premium sound”, which is 178% higher, while the “ultra thin profile” is slightly heavier at 2.75 pounds versus just 2.2.
From this image, there does not appear to be a fingerprint sensor in the upper right corner. The first generation had a raised, glossy space on the keyboard, but a plain black key is all that is visible here. The previous rendering confirms that although the angle makes it harder to notice, in an unfortunate turnaround for Chrome OS devices.
Finally, this specs leak reveals that the Galaxy Chromebook 2 will launch on Best Buy and Samsung.com in February 2021. In a follow-up tweet, WalkingCat says it will be priced at $ 699. This probably refers to the input model, but the exact configuration is unknown. By moving away from the very premium – for a Chromebook – $ 999 price point, Samsung is clearly targeting a wider audience this time around.
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