Samsung is resurrecting the era of low-cost, high-performance Windows laptops

Samsung can unveil a Galaxy Book Go Windows laptop for less than 359.64 United States Dollar at the end of April 2021. It is powered by a Qualcomm 7c ARM processor and comes with a complete version of Windows 10 that can be viewed on a 14-inch Full HD screen.

Laptop with Windows but no Intel processor
Samsung is expected to unveil a new Galaxy Book Go laptop soon. Its defining attribute is an extremely low price by today’s standards, while still possessing modern features.

The Galaxy Book Go, according to the WinFuture portal, would be less expensive than many current smartphones. It would cost just $ 349 (26.7 thousand rubles at the Central Bank’s exchange rate on April 22, 2021), and Samsung was able to do so by refusing to use Intel processors in this model.

Although the Galaxy Book Go is powered by a Qualcomm ARM chip, the operating system on this laptop is complete – Microsoft Windows 10 Home version. As a result, Samsung has a possible rival to Apple’s MacBook Air, which has been running on an ARM chip since November 2020 but costs the same as a Chromebook.

For reference, at the time of printing, the content was available in Russian retail for 27 thousand rubles. Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-P6GM, a 15.6-inch laptop with a 10-nanometer 4-core Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor, was available for purchase. The Acer Aspire 3 A314-35-C32E, which has a 14-inch screen and an Intel Celeron N4500 processor with two cores and a 10 nm process technology, is a cheaper option.

The Galaxy Book Go is expected to debut on April 28, 2021. Samsung has scheduled a Galaxy Unpacked conference for this day, at which it will demonstrate the “most powerful” Galaxy system, according to its own statements. The company does not reveal any details about its upcoming new products.

The first stable build of Windows 10, which was released at the end of July 2015, had no built-in support for ARM processors. It was only three years later, in 2018, that Microsoft added it.

What a laptop should do
Samsung has chosen the Snapdragon 7c ARM processor to power the latest Galaxy Book Go. It was originally planned for use in mobile PCs and was announced by Qualcomm at the end of 2019. This is not the company’s most advanced chip in terms of process technology; it is made in Taiwan at the TSMC factory at 8nm, while Qualcomm currently offers both 7- and 5-nanometer CPUs.

The Snapdragon 7c has eight Kryo 468 cores with a 2.4 GHz clock speed, an Adreno 618 video engine, and a Snapdragon X15 modem. It supports LTE (fourth generation, 4G) cellular networks, and it’s likely that the Galaxy Book Go would have a mobile network link in addition to Wi-Fi.

Samsung will sell the Galaxy Book Go base model for $349, which includes a 14-inch screen with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage. A more costly version of the laptop will be available, with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal memory, 5G support, and a more powerful processor, but the price has not yet been determined.

Since the first one was released in 2018, an expensive version of Samsung’s novelty will be installed on a Snapdragon 8cx chip, most likely the second generation sample in the fall of 2020. The Qualcomm 8cx Gen2 is a 64-bit 7-nanometer processor with eight Kryo 495 cores, whose clock frequency is not disclosed in official documentation. There’s still no detail on the built-in video card’s revision.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 in terms of performance, according to Windows Central. comparable to the Intel Core i5 processors from the eighth generation. For example, its capabilities are comparable to, if not superior to, the Core i5-8250U.