Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 pre-orders begin with bonus store credits from Best Buy and Samsung

Holding out for the successors to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Chromebook? The wait is just about over. As of now, you can pre-order and reserve a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 from either Samsung or Best Buy. Doing so will earn you up to $50 in additional purchases for either online destination.

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is really a less expensive iteration of its $999 predecessor. So you won’t get all of the bells and whistles of the first iteration. Then again, you won’t pay as much either.

Available in either Mercury Gray or Fiesta Red, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 can be had with an Intel Celeron and 4 GB of memory for $549, or an Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of memory for $699.

The 13.3-inch panel drops last year’s 4K OLED option in favor of a 1080p QLED display. Those, and other internal changes, should help mitigate the mediocre battery life buyers of the 2020 edition experienced.

Here’s the full spec list:

CPU10th-gen Intel Celeron and Core i3 processors
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
Display13.3-inch QLED 1080p touchscreen,
16:9 aspect ratio, with optional USI stylus support
Memory4 or 8 GB
Storage64 or 128 GB, microSD slot
for expansion
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 (Gig+), 802.11 ax 2×2,
Bluetooth 5.0
InputBacklit keyboard, multitouch trackpad, 720p camera
PortsTwo USB Type-C, combination
microphone/headphone jack
Battery45.5 Whr
Weight2.71 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic update
expiration date: June 2028

As far as the pre-order details and bonus credits are concerned, here’s the deal.

Pre-orders through Samsung or Best Buy through the end of February will earn up to $50 on select additional purchases through their respective store.

After the pre-orders end on February 28, Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 buyers can simply purchase their device at the same stores. If they do so between March 1 and March 14, they’ll get $30 off their next store purchase. So you’re not getting discounts on the Chromebook itself in either case. There is the potential for some future savings on accessories or other purchases.

Starting March 15 then, there are no additional bonuses; at least at this time; Samsung or Best Buy could modify or bring back these deals, I suppose.

So, anyone pre-ordering? I’m going to pass, just like I did on the original; the battery life and price stopped me from buying that one. And although the new Galaxy Chromebook 2 retains much of what I liked in its successor, I personally value beefier hardware for the price over nice looks.

One thought on “Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 pre-orders begin with bonus store credits from Best Buy and Samsung

  • February 23, 2021 at 9:19 am
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    I tried to pre-order the $699 model Galaxy 2 from Best Buy but their website would not let me use PayPal even it is listed to use to pay for the Galaxy 2. An error would always ask me to try again. Use the help agent and they referred me to the page that wants you to fill out your credit card info.
    Then tried Samsung site and they don’t even list the $699 model to order. Guess I’ll wait awhile before trying again.

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