Did you say a 4K Chromebook for just $699?

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Yes, the headline is correct. You can get a 4K Chromebook for just $699.00. Now I don’t know about you but I’d say that is a bit of a bargain. Actually, it isn’t; it’s an absolute steal. So how can this be the case and what is the catch I hear you say? There isn’t a catch, but there is an explanation.

The Chromebook I’m talking about is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. One of the most talked-about Chromebook releases last year. On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was going to be the king of Chromebooks. Unfortunately for Samsung, it didn’t work out that way after issues were found with the battery life. This caused a problem for Samsung because one of the main selling points of the Chromebook is the fantastic battery life. There was no way Google would start allowing Chromebooks to be sold that went against one of the key selling points for the Chromebook. This made me ask the question of whether Chromebooks will have to be limited in specs in the future to protect that key selling point.

Google and Samsung worked closely together to fix the battery life issue. Whether that ever happened I’m not 100% sure. What I do know the damage was done. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is without question a great Chromebook. The problem is once the news started circulating about battery life issues. It was unlikely the Galaxy Chromebook was ever going to recover from that. This means manufacturers in the future will be very careful before releasing a Chromebook. Making sure not to offer too much spec. Some might see that as a good thing and others will not.

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY DISPLAY WAS JUST TOO GOOD

It’s a really hard thing to get your head around because how can a display be too good. Every year we look at the latest Chromebooks looking for the best specs. Most of us look to ensure the display is of decent quality. After all, you’ll be staring at that display for many years, so it’s really important to make sure the display is decent. However, the fact is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook display was too good. That amazing Super AMOLED 4K display drained the battery.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook comes with a Stylus

This is the problem when it comes to laptops. I remember when I used to own Microsoft Windows laptops. I used to hate the issue of the battery running out so quickly. The worst thing was the battery just got worse over time. Before you knew it you had to have the laptop plugged into the power just to use it. This sort of defeats the object of owning a laptop. You had to use your laptop at home and be very close to a power socket. The idea of taking it on a train journey was out of the question. This problem is something Google wants to keep away from when it comes to Chromebooks. That’s totally understandable, but it’s a shame it means Chromebook displays will have to be limited to some extent.

THE NEW GALAXY CHROMEBOOK

The fact Samsung has decided to release a new Galaxy Chromebook with a more modest display. Shows the problem around battery life was an issue for them. It’s true the new Galaxy Chromebook is not going to have the same wow factor as the original. That doesn’t mean all manufacturers should not strive to offer displays offering more than Full HD for Chromebooks in the future. After all, the Acer Spin 713 is a great example of offering us something more. The Pixel Slate, although no longer manufactured, also has an amazing display. So it can be done. You can release a Chromebook with a fantastic display without it having too much impact on the battery. Perhaps, Samsung just got slightly carried away on this occasion.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
You’d be happy to take this to your local coffee shop

This is why you can currently get the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook from Best Buy for $699. That’s a massive saving of $300, which is an absolute bargain. The question is, after reading everything about why this Chromebook failed. Is it a Chromebook you should consider buying? Well, if you are buying a Chromebook because you need to use it on the move. Then perhaps, you’d have to consider whether the battery life is going to be an issue for you. However, if you’ll be using your Chromebook at home the majority of the time. Then I don’t really see an issue with the battery life. Yes, it may be a little frustrating having to constantly check on the battery. What you need to remember though are the amazing specs this Chromebook offers. At $300 off the original price. I’d definitely consider it if I wanted a 4K laptop.

THE ORIGINAL SAMSUNG GALAXY IS AMAZING

Even at the original retail price of $999.00. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook can definitely justify its retail price. When you consider Asus was selling the C436 at the same price with specs nowhere near matching the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. Anyone can see which manufacturer was offering the best value for money. The C436 Chromebook appears to have come down in price a lot in the last six months. This needed to happen because Asus was asking way too much for what you got in terms of specs.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

If you’re not too bothered about the battery life issue and you like the idea of owning a fantastic Chromebook. Then you should take a look at this offer whilst it’s still available. There is no doubt in the future the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook will be hard to get your hands on. This means you need to act now if a 4K Chromebook with amazing build quality is something you’ve always wanted.

WHAT YOU GET FOR $699

The first thing you’ll notice is just how sexy the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is. On top of that, you’re getting some pretty decent specs on the performance front. An Intel i5 tenth generation quad-core processor. It comes with a modest 1.60 GHz base speed but is capable of 4.20 GHz when the extra power is needed. The 6MB cache is going to make regular processes even quicker.

You’ll be getting 8GB of RAM, which is more than enough for what you’ll need for a Chromebook. If you don’t know enough about RAM, have a read of how much RAM you need from a Chromebook. This amount of RAM means you’ll be able to not only use Android Apps but you’ll also have no issues using Linux Apps as well. The storage at 256GB is huge for a Chrome OS device. Not only that it’s not the cheaper eMMC type. You’re getting the real deal SSD storage, which is much faster and far more reliable.

The display is obviously the selling point of this Chromebook. The 13.3-inch display offering 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160. There is no doubt this display will blow you away. The Super-AMOLED panel offered by Samsung will also help that 4K display come alive. All this for just $699. You’d better act fast if you want to get this. I can’t imagine it will be around for too long at this price.

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