It’s not often these days that we’re shocked by new products, but I went to a briefing with Samsung at CES 2020 to show the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. This ultra-premium Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has stolen my heart and I’ve only been using it for a few minutes so far.
My go-to Chrome OS machine has been Google’s Pixelbook for the past couple of years, and only recently its sibling, the “mid-range” Pixelbook Go, de-throned it as my favorite. Now, I think Chromebooks might be a new king and I’m honestly shocked that it’s coming from Samsung.
There are three important takeaways for me after spending just a little time with the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook.
I can’t believe it costs so much to display this good
Perhaps the most notable thing about the Chromebook for the Samsung Galaxy is its display. The 13.3-inch panel is more of a super-premium 4K AMOLED panel than your run of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook display. It’s a truly incredible display in person.
I wasn’t taught right away that the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook display was an AMOLED display and my very first impressions were “this is the best LCD I’ve ever seen.” I was even more shocked when I found out the price tag.
Performance is just amazing
Another thing that I immediately noticed was the stellar performance on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. On this machine animations are better than any other Chromebook I could use. Even when going through animations Google’s Pixelbook stutters more when it’s brand new.
While it’s a bit of a shame that the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is limited to 8 GB of RAM, the performance so far has blown me away and I can only imagine how well it will run with my daily workflow.
The keyboard looks very promising
If considering any Chromebook outside of a Pixelbook, my biggest concern is the keyboard. I’m still in love with this keyboard after using the Pixelbook for a couple of years, and it’s what I’m using to type this very hands-on post. I think there is a new challenger, however.
After just a couple minutes of typing, the keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook felt at least in the same ballpark as the Pixelbook. It’s not quite as good based on early impressions but at least I want to spend more time trying it out is promising enough.
In the announcement post, you can learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, but in terms of pricing, it costs $999 and is scheduled to launch this year in Q1. Below is a gallery of more images from Samsung Galaxy’s Chromebook.