The promise of cheaper Windows on ARM PCs took a huge leap today as Samsung just announced its Galaxy Book Go with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. The 14-inch budget-friendly notebook will be available with optional LTE this month, but it’s starting price of $ 349 got us excited.
In addition to the announcement of the Galaxy Book Go, a more powerful version of the laptop will be coming this summer with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 with 5G.
The normal Galaxy Book Go with the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 weighs around 1.38 kg and is completely silver. To reach that starting price of $ 349, some premium features have been reduced. For example, the display is just a thin film transistor (TFT) instead of a higher quality in-plane switching (IPS) with better viewing angles. (Though it’s a similar display that Samsung uses in its well-preserved Galaxy Book S, which also runs on ARM).
The memory is also limited (64 GB or 128 GB) and is eUFS instead of faster PCIe and RAM is either 4 or 8 GB (at least fast LPDDR4x). This entry-level price also applies to the pure WLAN model, which makes sense since not everyone needs 4G LTE. Wi-Fi is also the older type of 802.11 ac (Wi-Fi 5), though it’s perfectly fine for most at this price point.
But there are some surprising features like Dolby Atmos speakers, lots of excellent ports, including two Type-C and microSD, Type-A, a decent battery, and all of Samsung’s hardware expertise and software improvements.
The performance of the 7c Gen 2 is currently unknown, although when we announced it last month we noted:
… Qualcomm states that the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 “offers up to ten percent faster system performance than most competing platforms” and refers to Intel’s inexpensive processors such as the dual-core Celeron N4020, the quad-core Pentium Silver N5030 and the Octa -Core from MediaTek ARM-based MT8183 used in Android-based tablets. In addition, Qualcomm prides itself on having “up to twice the battery life of most competing platforms”.
We don’t yet know the price of the Galaxy Book Go 5G with the higher-end Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, nor its full spec list, but it will be more expensive with a faster processor, Wi-Fi 6. and probably some other benefits. It will have the same all-silver finish, likely the same port layout, and overall design, but presumably some beefier components.
Both versions of the laptop offer access to the entire Samsung ecosystem of software and hardware, which was recently made clear in our latest Galaxy Book Pro x360 review. These include Link to Windows, Second Screen (use a Samsung tablet as a wireless display), Galaxy Book Smart Switch, Quick Share, SmartThings Dashboard, SmartThings Find, and Easy Bluetooth Connection that effortlessly pair your Galaxy Buds for deeper integration.
The news from Qualcomm and Samsung follows a number of recent announcements, including a new Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows and an ARM-optimized zoom app for video calling, both of which are slated to launch this summer. There’s now ARM support for Adobe Photoshop and World of Warcraft too, with Windows 10 x64 emulation expected later this year.
Look for the Samsung Galaxy Book Go with and without LTE, which hits shelves sometime in June starting at $ 349. Details, pricing, and full specs for the Galaxy Book Go 5G will be announced later this summer.
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