Samsung Might Have Just Made the Nicest Chromebook Ever

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Chromebooks tend to be pretty straightforward machines. But for Samsung’s first ever Galaxy-branded Chromebook, it crammed super premium components into every corner of the machine, and the result might just be the nicest Chromebook ever made. Seriously.

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Looking back, if you wanted to choose the best Chromebook ever regardless of price, the winner would probably be the Google Pixelbook from 2017. But with the Galaxy Chromebook, Samsung might have just beat Google at its own game. (Though to be fair, Google did partner with Samsung to help design and tweak the Galaxy Chromebook for optimal performance.)

With a base price of $1,000, the Galaxy Chromebook costs about the same as the old Pixelbook at launch, and like the Pixelbook the Galaxy Chromebook runs Chrome OS and features a 360-degree 2-in-1 hinge, but that’s about where the similarities end.

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I really can’t overstate how good the Galaxy Chromebook’s screen looks.
I really can’t overstate how good the Galaxy Chromebook’s screen looks.
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

At just 0.38-inches, the Galaxy Chromebook is ridiculously thin, though thanks to its sturdy aluminum chassis, there’s only the tiniest hint of flex. But the Galaxy Chromebook’s best feature is without a doubt its 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED touchscreen, which sports practically non-existent bezels and super vibrant colors, which are just downright mesmerizing. The Galaxy Chromebook’s screen will even get HDR 400 certification, which is something almost no other Chromebook can claim.

Inside, the Galaxy Chromebook comes with some pretty high-end specs including a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU (and possibly a Core i7 option available sometime in the future), along with support for Wi-Fi 6, a microSD card slot, fingerprint reader, and up to 16GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. The Galaxy Chromebook even comes with a built-in stylus that has its own little storage slot, so you won’t have to worry about losing it when traveling.

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Samsung even did something tricky by adding a second camera to the Galaxy Chromebook’s deck. For stuff like video calls, there’s still a 1-MP webcam above its display. However, to help users take advantage of various Google AR apps or simply take pictures of stuff like a whiteboard a bit more easily, when the Galaxy Chromebook is transformed into tablet mode, that 8-MP camera above the keyboard suddenly turns into a pretty solid rear-facing shooter.

And like pretty much every modern Chromebook, Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook supports Android apps, the Google Assistant, and all your normal Google Drive integration. And on top of that, to improve how the Galaxy Chromebook works together with your phone, Samsung added Click-to-Call and the Messaging app too.

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Illustration for article titled Samsung Might Have Just Made the Nicest Chromebook Ever
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Also before I forget, I have to mention that the Galaxy Chromebook’s Fiesta Red paint job looks absolutely fantastic. (Alternatively, the Mercury Gray ain’t bad either.)

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Admittedly, for $1,000, the Galaxy Chromebook might seem a bit simple compared to a similarly priced Windows machine. But every single spec and component feels super-premium. And for all the people who grew up on Chromebooks and might be looking for a new machine that’s really nice, the Samsung Chromebook has suddenly become the top contender. So keep an eye for this thing as it’s expected to go on sale sometime in Q1 2020.

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Senior reporter at Gizmodo, formerly Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Was an archery instructor and a penguin trainer before that.

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practicalbatman
PracticalBatman

Let me preface this with “I do not use Chromebooks”. The last time I touched Chrome OS was in the early days. With that perspective, what is the purpose of a more powerful (i7 vs i5) Chromebook when all it does is run ChromeOS? I’ve always purchased older chromebooks to wipe and put linux on, but I doubt thats the intended use case for these. They just seem *really* expensive for something so narrowly focused.