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Samsung launches new Galaxy Chromebook 2 for $549


After the phenomenal success of the first Galaxy Chromebook, Samsung has finally opened the pre-purchase date and the official availability of the new Galaxy Chromebook 2, a new generation that is offered as a less expensive alternative to the original, with slightly less but interesting features.

The first thing that surprises us about the new Galaxy Chromebook 2 is the fact that despite maintaining a 13.3-inch touch screen, its resolution will be reduced to Full HD (1920 × 1280 pixels) supported by Samsung's QLED tablet technology, unlike the 4K AMOLED display we saw in the first Galaxy Chromebook.

What will be preserved is its premium aluminum chassis, with very low thickness and weight, plus a redesigned backlit keyboard with wider keys and a pen holder with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, ideal for taking full advantage of the multi-touch screen for tasks such as note-taking or photo editing.

Like the first-generation model, we'll have two versions of processors to choose from: intel Celeron 5205U or Generation X Intel Comet Lake, although this time the device will come under core i3 restrictions instead of Core i5.

In the same way, since it's a Chromebook and not a laptop to use, what's not surprising is having built-in Intel UHD graphics instead of any kind of custom graphics card. Although it has 8GB of RAM and internal eMMC storage up to 128GB.

With an identical battery of 45.5 watts per hour for both options, Samsung has developed an estimated maximum duration of up to 13 hours of use, although it is clear that this autonomy will ultimately depend on how each user uses the device.

Pre-orders for the device start today and will continue for the rest of the month through Samsung's official website. In addition, all bookings made prior to the launch date will benefit from an additional $50 discount. Thus, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is expected to be available from March 1, available in two different colors, Mercury Gray and Fiesta Red, with prices starting at $549.99 for its smaller version and $699.99 for the other version.