Samsung unveils affordable Galaxy Book Go Windows 10 laptop with optional 5G

ARM processors have been around for a really long time. In modern times, they are found in most tablets and smartphones. These ARM chips have been used in Windows computers for years, but they really never caught on with consumers in that regard. In contrast, the newest Mac computers are powered by Apple's own ARM-based processors, and they have been universally praised as fast and efficient. Apple shows that ARM can succeed on the desktop.

Today, Samsung announces its newest Windows 10 laptop, and guess what? Like the new Mac computers, it too is powered by an ARM processor. Called "Galaxy Book Go," the 14-inch notebook can be equipped with optional 5G cellular connectivity -- something Apple's computers do not yet have. Believe it or not, Galaxy Book Go is shockingly affordable too, starting at just $349.

"Building on our close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, the Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G are bringing the best features of your smartphone and combining them with the PC performance and productivity you deserve. The Galaxy Book Go series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform, and the Galaxy Book Go 5G powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform delivers lightning-fast 5G connectivity speeds to take advantage of the latest network standards," says Samsung.

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The company also says, "The Galaxy Book Go series boasts a large 14-inch display with a slim bezel, so you can stay productive during crunch time. With thin and light designs featuring a 180-degree folding hinge and Dolby Atmos, providing rich soundscapes, Galaxy Book Go devices are great for watching movies on the way to a weekend getaway, or reviewing work with a colleague during an onsite work visit. For students, its long-lasting battery makes it the ideal companion for every class."

Samsung shares specifications below.

Dimensions323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9mm
OSWindows 10 Home / Pro
Display14-inch TFT FHD (1920 x 1080)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
GraphicsQualcomm Adreno GPU
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5, 802.11 ac 2x2, Bluetooth v5.1
Memory4GB, 8GB (LPDDR4X)
Storage64GB, 128GB (eUFS)
Camera / Mic720p HD / Digital Mic
Battery42.3Wh (Typical)
Adapter25W USB Type-C Fast Charger
SpeakersDolby Atmos
PortUSB Type-C (2), USB-A (1), 3.5mm Headphone/Mic, MicroSD, Nano SIM, Nano Security slot

So, yes, the Galaxy Book Go is a very affordable laptop, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is a good deal. The performance of Windows on ARM can be a bit lackluster, and none of the other specifications are anything to write home about. For instance, I am shocked that it comes with Wi-Fi 5 and not the newer Wi-Fi 6. And while 1080p resolution is passable at this price, it is still a bit low for a 14-inch display in 2021.

The "regular" Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Book Go will be available for purchase here on June 10 starting at $349. Unfortunately, pricing and availability for the Galaxy Book Go 5G is unknown at this time, with Samsung only saying it can be had "later this year."

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