Samsung and Qualcomm announce Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G, starting at $349

Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Samsung Galaxy Book Go (Image credit: Samsung)

What you need to know

  • Samsung just announced the Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G.
  • Both are Windows on ARM devices featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 and Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G.
  • The Galaxy Book Go features a 14-inch full HD display, plenty of ports, and is only 3lbs.
  • The Galaxy Book Go will be available in June starting at $349 (Wi-Fi-only).
  • Details, pricing, and final specs of the Galaxy Book Go 5G will be made available later this summer.

The promise of more affordable Windows on ARM PCs took a giant leap today as Samsung has just announced (opens in new tab) its Galaxy Book Go featuring the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. The 14-inch budget-friendly laptop will be available this month with optional LTE, but it is the $349 starting price has us excited.

In addition to the Galaxy Book Go announcement, a more powerful version of the laptop with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 with 5G is coming later this summer.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go

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CategoryGalaxy Book Go/5G
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home or Pro
Display14-inch TFT Full HD (1920 x 1080) non-touch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
GraphicsQualcomm Adreno
Memory4 or 8GB LPDDR4x
Storage64GB or 128GB eUFS
Expandable StoragemicroSD
Camera720p HD
Digital Mic
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5 AC
4G LTE (optional
Ports2x USB Type-C
1x USB 2.0
Nano Security slot
nano SIM
Audio2x Dolby Atmos
Power25W USB Type-C Fast Charger
Dimensions323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9 mm
Weight1.38 kg (3.04lbs)

The regular Galaxy Book Go with the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 weighs around 3lbs (1.38kg) and comes in an all-silver finish. To hit that starting price of $349, some premium features were reduced. For instance, the display is only thin-film-transistor (TFT) instead of a higher-end in-plane switching (IPS) one with better viewing angles. (Although, it is a similar display Samsung used in its well-received Galaxy Book S, also running ARM).

Likewise, storage is limited (64GB or 128GB) and is eUFS instead of faster PCIe and RAM is either 4 or 8GB (at least it's zippy LPDDR4x). That entry price is also for the Wi-Fi-only model, making sense as not everyone will need 4G LTE. Wi-Fi is also the older type of 802.11 ac (Wi-Fi 5), though it is totally fine for most at this price.

But there are some surprising features like Dolby Atmos speakers, plenty of excellent ports including two Type-C and microSD, Type-A, a decent size battery, and all of Samsung's hardware expertise and software enhancements.

Performance of the 7c Gen 2 is currently unknown, though as we noted during its announcement last month:

… Qualcomm notes Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 "is up to ten percent faster system performance over most competing platforms," referring to Intel's budget line of processors like the dual-core Celeron N4020, quad-core Pentium Silver N5030 as well as MediaTek's octa-core ARM-based MT8183 used in Android-based tablets. Additionally, Qualcomm boasts about it getting "up to 2 times the battery life of most competing platforms."

We do not know yet the price of the Galaxy Book Go 5G with the higher-end Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, nor its complete spec list (yet), but it is going to be priced higher with a faster processor, Wi-Fi 6, and probably some other perks. It will have the same all-silver finish, likely the same port layout, and overall a similar design, but presumably some beefier components.

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Both versions of the laptop feature access to Samsung's full ecosystem of software and hardware, something that was made evident recently in our recent Galaxy Book Pro x360 review. That includes 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 pairs your Galaxy Buds for deeper integration.

The Qualcomm and Samsung news follows a string of recent announcements including a new Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows, and an ARM-optimized Zoom app for video calls, both set to arrive this summer. There is also now ARM-support for Adobe Photoshop and World of Warcraft, with Windows 10 x64 emulation due later this year.

Look for the Samsung Galaxy Book Go with and without LTE to hit store shelves sometime in June with that starting price of $349. Details, pricing, and full specs for the Galaxy Book Go 5G will be announced later this summer.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Wow. That's the price I have been waiting to see.
  • This is great for developers looking to stick their toe into WoA targeting. Additional storage can always be added through USB so I'm glad that's an area they used to shed some cost. I'm looking forward to seeing what's needed to get my toolchain up and going for ARM and actually test running builds live. I can cross compile all day long but if I can't test it without spending a grand on a Surface Pro X like before, I'm just not going to even attempt to release it. I can kind of get where they were coming from going out the gates with mid-tier release in the SPX though, if they couldn't convince the likes of Adobe to get on board the platform would have died before they shipped the next Windows update. The more of these device tiers the better as far as I'm concerned. Anything to get low-tier PC users and developers in the door cheaply.
  • USB storage is annoying AF. I prefer to just get a 1TB SSD and be done with it, but its not like you'll want to install much on this thing, anyways Lol
  • This is pretty cool. Would love to see what Microsoft could do with a 7c in a Surface go. I love my Go 2 as a secondary carry everywhere device.
  • This is what the next Surface Go should have, an ARM variant. The weight is disappointing though. The Surface Pro X is ~1 kg with a type cover so the Galaxy Book Go must have a huge battery to weigh 1.3 kg. I wouldn't mind getting this as a WoA dev machine, hopefully the 8/128 variant doesn't cost too much.
  • I don't doubt the battery is large. That is the one downside to the SPX size. My Lenovo SD850 device can easily hit 20 hours of battery life, but it also weighs twice the mass of a SPX.
  • Oh, this is something I'd love to grab a few of.
  • Nice can't wait for the 5g version finally might be able to upgrade my galaxy book2
  • This is the perfect low-cost student or work from home PC! And with an HD screen to boot as well! I know it's 2021 but I have still seen laptops sport that dreaded 720p screen.
  • I don't need one.... but I want one so bad I may buy one anyway. 🤣
  • That's just cheap enough that I'm tempted to buy one just to check it out.
  • I'm really hoping this is a decent performer but "up to 10%" has me worried. My Surface Go (which I love) is so slow it should be criminal. The performance of that thing is comparable, processor wise, to something AMD made a decade ago. I literally count out loud as web pages load.
  • Yeah it's a pretty slow processor. You get what you pay for at that price point. The only decent performance for WoA is 8cx for people who care about performance.
  • Can you install ChromeOS and Linux on it? That's the REAL question.
  • pretty pumped to see cheaper Windows 10 on ARM devices on the market! Bummer we have to wait for the Galaxy Book Go 5G until later this year. That is going to be the device to get.
  • The 5G model should be out 'this summer,' whatever that means. Hopefully it won't be too long as I think a 8cx Gen 3 could drop this fall. OTOH, I think this 5G model will be much more affordable than previous 8cx devices.
  • Ugh. another non-touch ultrabook. seriously, what is the deal here? Everybody in my family has been spoiled by touch screens and vows to never go back. I like everything about this announcement, but no touch is a deal breaker. :(
  • Look, you can't hit $349 and not cut corners. If touchscreens were free (they're certainly not), it wouldn't be an issue. But being a non-convertible laptop, Samsung can get away with it here. If you want touch, they do have other options, but it's going to cost more e.g. the regular Galaxy Book.
  • Yeah this is the kind of device that's supposed to compete with school kid Chromebooks. There are always more expensive ones for those who need touch.
  • Touch layer is usually a $50 add-on for OEMs, and $100 price markup for consumers. No reason to not put in an option and lose potential customers. Touchscreen is Always better to have than not.
  • Who knows what the blockers could've been? The display is a 14 inch TFT...
    Regardless I do think it makes sense to have another price point for mid range Windows on ARM computers. $600-$700 with an 8c, touch, standard screen and design without "premium" features.
    I suspect that'll come eventually. Things have moved a bit slowly in the Windows on ARM world. Even this entry level price point only came after 7c's Gen 2, even though Gen 1 has been out since 2019.
  • I'm pretty disappointed in the WoA laptop space. Acer released this guy to India only smdh;
  • Finally. They should have started at these prices to drive adoption and temper expectations.
  • Add S Pen and a 2-in-1 form factor (either 360 hinge or detachable) for an additional $200 and I'm sold. I wonder if they will try their own Exynos SoC for the next iteration and what effect that would have on cost.
  • I am a fan of Samsung's software and hardware ecosystem and how they've integrated with Windows to provide the features to laptop and desktop users. They have truly leveraged their smartphone expertise to have solid apps to leverage on other OS platforms. I am interested in them offering the Samsung apps as a packaged set, downloadable from the Microsoft Store (or Samsung website) so that users of other Windows laptops that use Samsung devices can also enjoy their software integrations and be motivated to use other Samsung/-compatible products. The Galaxy Book Go looks like a nice device (the port selection is nothing to sneer at), but the 7c Gen 2 processor performance is the possible (unknown) bottleneck. This device should be great for education and low-impact computing (even the 4GB) where x86 applications (and the attendant emulation overload) is not required, but Microsoft needs to make all their core applications fully ARM-native, and performant. For example, Microsoft Teams is a resource hog and takes so much time to load.
  • -Geekbench 5.3.2-
    My i5 3317u - Single core = 542 Multi-core = 1165
    Snapdragon 7c 1st gen. - Single core = 594 Multi-core = 1654 for me it's a good deal
  • Yes, and the "low.performance" reviews.of even th Galaxy Book S are overstated. For most users, the performance is fantastic and the battery life exceptional. An original price tage for the Book S at $899 would have kept it premium and fit the expectation vs other options, but it's still great.
  • Good benchmarks, just hope we see more native apps. I'd love to see someone come out with a nuc style arm device like this so I could build a new Plex box or have a workstation with an SSD on it and such for development.
  • Mac Mini. Will run circles around any WoA device.
  • Different price category.
  • TFT should be eradicated.