Quietly announced last month, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go is now available direct from Samsung. You can order the Wi-Fi model now for $299.99. Samsung tells me an LTE version will arrive in the coming weeks. Additional retailers will carry the 14-inch slim Chromebook as well.
Many thought Samsung would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c chipset in a new Galaxy Chromebook, like the Acer Chromebook Spin 513. That’s not the case.
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go is powered by an Intel Celeron N4500 processor, 4 GB of onboard DDR4x memory and 32 GB of eMMC storage. You can add additional storage capacity through the microSD card slot, but memory is fixed at 4 GB.
The internals are what you’d expect for the $299.99 price tag.
And although it would be nice if the 14-inch display was 1920 x 1080 resolution, it isn’t. This is a 220 nit, 1366 x 768 non-touch panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. So, not great for outdoor usage and the minimum resolution you’ll find on a Chromebook these days.
That said, the convertible design looks nice and you do get a 720p webcam, pair of USB Type-C ports and one Type-A. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 are also supported.
Again, a higher resolution display would be nice but for basic web usage, home and school activities, this isn’t a bad-looking entry-level Chromebook.
I don’t yet know the price of the LTE model, but here in the US, there will be configurations that work on either AT&T or Verizon networks. I’m expecting a good $120 premium for that LTE radio, plus your monthly service.
Adding LTE into an entry-level Chromebook like this doesn’t make the most sense to me as the target audience is probably more cost-conscious. Even so, it’s great to see another LTE Chromebook option, which I’ll be adding to the list I posted earlier this week.