What you need to know
- The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is available for purchase starting today.
- It's a Windows 10 on ARM laptop running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor.
- The Wi-Fi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Book Go is available for $349.
Samsung's Galaxy Book Go is available to order starting today. The light laptop runs on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2, which brings extended battery life that's come to be expected from Windows 10 on ARM laptops. The starting price of the Galaxy Book Go is probably the most alluring aspect of the laptop. At just $350, it could make its way onto our list of the best cheap laptops.
To hit such a low price, Samsung had to reduce some features. Storage is capped at 128GB and is eUFS instead of faster PCIe. RAM is also capped at 8GB, but it is LPDDR4x, which should be quick enough for most people.
The $350 model of the Galaxy Book Go is also the Wi-Fi-only model. The laptop supports Wi-Fi 5 rather than Wi-Fi 6, but again, it should be fast enough for most people.
|Category||Galaxy Book Go/5G|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home or Pro|
|Display||14-inch TFT Full HD (1920 x 1080) non-touch|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2|
|Memory||4 or 8GB LPDDR4x|
|Storage||64GB or 128GB eUFS|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5 AC|
4G LTE (optional)
|Ports||2x USB Type-C|
1x USB 2.0
Nano Security slot
|Audio||2x Dolby Atmos|
|Power||25W USB Type-C Fast Charger|
|Dimensions||323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9 mm|
|Weight||1.38 kg (3.04lbs)|
While Samsung had to reduce some features to reach such a low entry price, the Galaxy Book Go has Dolby Atmos speakers and a wide range of ports, including two USB-C ports and a microSD slot.
Perhaps most importantly for people looking at a Windows 10 on ARM laptop, the Galaxy Book Go should get close to 18 hours of battery life, according to Samsung.
The Galaxy Book Go also benefits from Microsoft and Samsung's growing partnership. It supports 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 for connecting the laptop to Galaxy Buds.
Samsung hasn't announced pricing details for the upcoming 5G version of the Galaxy Book Go. If you need 5G connectivity on your laptop, you'll have to wait until Samsung unveils more details later this summer.
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This is awesome. Should make a great device for education and front line workers. Hopefully it's enough to help turn the tide against Chromebooks.
Hope you all do a review on this one. Curious to see if it gets close to the battery life claims.
The benchmark specs I have seen puts the 7cxG2 well ahead of the SD850. I have a Yoga C630 with the SD850 and it is an awesome little productivity machine. I would suggest getting the 8GB version.
TFT... That's a hard OOF. Probably 200 nit and 40% NTSC as well.
For reference, $300-400 Chromebooks have 300 nit, full sRGB, 1080p, IPS Screens.
This is another epic fail from Samsung, as expected from how they executed the Galaxy Book laptops.
By far it isn't. You can run full Office desktop apps on this and other ARM windows laptops. They work great for productivity apps like that, especially when you need more than the web app versions.
Okay. Let me break this down for you. Why would anyone get this over a Chromebook with better Screen, Keyboard, Speakers and Build Quality? You can run Office 365 just fine on ChromeOS web apps, and browse the web just the same. Staring this year, you can run professional quality Linux and Android apps as well, which have better ARM optimization and developer support than what Windows 10's "Pro" UWP and x86 apps have to offer on ARM. If Samsung had given the choice for optional ChromeOS, 300 nit sRGB Touchscreen, and faster SSD in this same 8GB ram model for $400-500, it would've been actually usable.
As it is, this is just a child's toy. Something I'd give to my pre-school child to get a "taste" of Windows OS, not an actually usable device for students and workers. Comparing pure ARM benchmarks, a 2020 iPad 8th Gen with the 3 YEAR OLD A12 Bionic is 250% faster and far more practical for target consumers shopping in this price range. You can now get a used iPad with a 3rd party keyboard for less than $300. And that's exactly what 50% of parents will get their elementary school kids, while the other 50% will get their kids cheap Chromebooks. What's more, people who actually use the "Full" x86 Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2019 Suite - NOT Office 365, NOT Office Web-version, and NOT Office UWP - won't be able to run demanding Office tasks on a mid-range Qualcomm 7c Gen 2 chip anyway. There is NO way that this chip can handle 1000s of rows of raw excel files, and or multi-tab presentations, or thousands of pages of word proofreading and citations.
Can you open a Black Page and write some sentences on Word? Sure. But you can do the same thing on any version of Office 365 Web-version that's available on Chrome OS, iPadOS, and Linux. The only OS that's missing the Office 365 Web is Android, which only gets even more stripped-down version of Office that's not very usable. Hence why a crappy WoA device like this 'Galaxy Book Go' will always be Dead on Arrival. It's 10 steps behind Chromebooks, used iPads, Samsung tablets with Dex, and used Windows x86 devices in this price range, which offer vastly superior user-experience in every way compared to a device like this.
I was about to order one, but I can't seem to choose a Galaxy Book Go 8GB RAM option. Anyone else having the same issue?
in US only the 4/128 GB is available, but the Galaxy Book Go 5G will be 8/256 GB
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