Project Athena Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook – Core i5 & UHD from 1,000 USD
Samsung combines striking design and strong computing power in its first convertible with Chrome.
At CES 2020, Samsung unveiled a premium notebook with Chrome OS as the operating system that was developed in accordance with the specifications from Intel’s Athena project, which should be the first step as a pioneer. The slim and light Galaxy Chromebook, based on a Core i5 as convertible, masters pen input via the 4K display.
Noble convertible with Chrome OS meets Project Athena requirements
A renewed advance on the part of Google and its partners allied in notebooks based on Chrome OS has recently been indicated at the trade fair in Las Vegas. Because with Samsung and the noble convertible Galaxy Chromebook, the device class shows itself in a new quality apart from the pixel notebooks developed by Google itself. With Intel as a strategic heavyweight – because the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is one of the first of its kind to meet the requirements of the Project Athena for thin and durable notebooks – the obvious goal is to make Chromebooks more acceptable and associated with them in the future, even outside the North American market also help to spread it more widely.
The expensive Chromebooks continue to be a niche in spite of the recent significant improvements in hardware, as Google recently presented with the Pixelbook Go. However, the situation is quite different in other parts of the world, such as North America, where a large majority of Chrome OS notebooks are developed for the education market and are also sold in relevant quantities. The profitable business also runs there with the less opulently equipped Chrome OS models in the lowest price segment.
13.3 “UHD display with AMOLED technology
Just like the Pixelbook Go, which was only launched by Google in October, the lavishly equipped Chromebook counterpart from Samsung also uses a high-resolution 13.3-inch display that displays 3,840 × 2,160 pixels with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. In addition, the OLED panel (AMOLED technology) built into the Galaxy Chromebook is specified according to the DisplayHDR standard 400, which requires a maximum brightness of at least 400 cd / m². In addition, the display, which can be folded down via a 360-degree hinge, can also be used as a tablet, which, in addition to conventional operation using finger gestures, also offers pen input. The stylus is housed in the case and resembles the pen from the older phablets of the Galaxy Note series.
There is a 49.2 Wh battery in the metal housing for up to 8 hours
In contrast to Google for the Pixelbook Go, Samsung does not offer the Galaxy Chromebook in a restrained black, but trusts in the colors red (Fiesta Red) and silver (Mercury Gray) for a striking look. The case, which is only 9.9 millimeters high, is made of a durable aluminum alloy and has edge lengths of 302.6 mm and 203.2 mm (W × D). With a weight of just under one kilogram, the Chrome OS notebook is not one of the outstanding lightweights in the 13-inch class, such as the Dynabook Portege X30L-G also presented at CES 2020, which only weighs 870 grams. According to Samsung, an energy storage unit with a nominal output of 49.2-watt-hours ensures a runtime of up to 8 hours in the Galaxy Chromebook. Also not an outstanding value for a notebook of this type, which is probably largely due to the 4K screen used.
10th generation Core i5, two USB Type-C and tablet cameras
Inside is a 10th generation Core i5 processor with integrated UHD graphics, which Samsung has not yet named either during the trade fair. The cooling should be fanless despite the comparatively high performance. The basic configuration includes at least 8 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Samsung is also considering a model variant with double RAM and a larger NVMe SSD for the Galaxy Chromebook. The additional equipment is also remarkable for a notebook based on Chrome OS because, in addition to Wi-Fi 6 and a fingerprint scanner, two USB Type-C and a microSD card reader are offered in the slim chassis. In addition, Samsung installs two cameras, one of which is classic in the upper part of the display edge and one that is somewhat outside the norm on the left above the keyboard. This should be able to take snapshots with up to 8 megapixels in tablet mode. A backlit keyboard is also required.
$ 1,000 in the first quarter
In the first quarter of 2020, Samsung is aiming to launch the Galaxy Chromebook at a price starting at $ 1,000 (before tax). The manufacturer has not yet communicated whether the North American market alone is being served at this time. The Google Pixelbook Go, which is equipped with an older 8th generation Core i7 – which is classified as a faster, but also more energy-hungry 15-watt CPU (TDP) – currently costs just under $ 1,400 with a UHD screen.