Samsung recently announced the launch of a brand new Chromebook in the UK. After they stopped selling laptops in Europe and the UK until recently. It’s really good to see Samsung went back on that decision and started to release some excellent laptops in Europe. If you live in the USA you’ve been lucky enough to have access to Samsung Chromebooks such as the Galaxy Chromebook and Galaxy Chromebook 2.
At the moment there is only a handful of Samsung Chromebooks in the UK such as the Galaxy Chromebook Go, Samsung 4, and the Samsung Chromebook 4+. The Galaxy Chromebook Go looks the part but was let down by the display. The latest Chrome OS laptop, which is the one we’re looking at here has a much better display. At the time of writing, it’s only available in the UK, but I’m sure it will be launched elsewhere soon. The question is whether this is the Chromebook for you?
You’ll find everything you need to know in this article about the latest Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. We’ll look at everything from the build quality, performance, RAM & storage, connectivity and all the extras available. If you’ve been on the lookout for a new laptop. Then read on as you may have just found the one that is just right for you.
One thing you’re always guaranteed when you buy a Samsung product is an excellent design. Something I think many people find important. Considering this is aimed at students I’m sure they’ll appreciate the slim chassis and compact laptop that is on offer here.
Samsung has gone for the in vogue design with the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360, which is something I’m absolutely loving right now. It’s very similar to my Asus CX5 where it has a white exterior and when you open up the laptop you’re confronted with all black. This contrast between colours simply looks stunning and elegant.
This is a Hybrid device, which means it can be used as either a laptop or tablet. I’m not a huge fan of Hybrids in tablet mode but considering the size of this laptop, I think it should work just fine. At just 16.9mm thin and weighing in at just 1.28kg/2.82lbs this is certainly a laptop you’ll be able to use on the move.
Is performance a problem for this Chromebook?
To keep the laptop as cheap as possible Samsung has opted for an Intel Celeron processor. This may not be what everyone is looking for but I think Samsung has made the right choice here. When you consider this is obviously an upgrade to the Samsung Chromebook Go, which I was not impressed with because of the display. The fact this new model fixes that is excellent.
In an ideal world, you’d want the best of everything but there is a problem with wanting that. Firstly, it would cost you a lot more to buy, and secondly, it would impact other things that I think users would be unhappy about. These include less battery life and possibly needing fans, which can get noisy and uncomfortable when using a laptop on your lap for too long.
Sure, there are other processors they could have chosen such as an Intel M3, which worked great with my Asus C302. However, the M3 processor has been discontinued and the nearest replacement is the Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y. I’m not sure the extra performance this would offer is something students would be interested in over the price of the laptop. It’s always a balancing act and considering the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 offers great specs elsewhere, the processor isn’t going to concern potential buyers.
The Intel Celeron N4500 dual-core processor has a base speed of 1.10 GHz and a turbo speed of 2.80 GHz. The 4MB cache is pretty standard at this price point and will help to make regular processing tasks perform faster.
Although Chromebooks have advanced in the last few years when it comes to processing power. It’s important to remember this does not mean a Chrome OS laptop cannot perform just fine with an Intel Celeron processor.
When it comes to the type of tasks most of us use a laptop for, which include surfing the web, social media, streaming movies, word processing, listening to music. The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 will cope with these tasks just fine. It should easily be able to handle most Android apps, but some of them may perform a little slow if the apps are advanced and need a lot of processing power.
|Processor||Intel Celeron N4500|
|Clock speed||1.10 GHz / 2.80 GHz turbo|
RAM & Storage
Samsung has confirmed two different configuration models will be available when launched in the UK. This includes a WiFi model and an LTE model.
The WiFi model will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The LTE version will have the same amount of RAM but double the storage at 128GB. I’m not sure why the LTE version comes with double the storage, but it’s definitely something you’ll have to consider when choosing between both configurations.
The 4GB of RAM is going to be more than enough considering the processor used on this laptop. All of the tasks I’ve mentioned above will easily work with 4GB of RAM, so nothing to worry about there. Unsure about whether this is enough RAM? Have a read of how much RAM do I need for my Chromebook.
When you consider the types of tasks you’ll most likely be using this laptop for. The 64GB of storage is going to be more than enough. I have a Chromebox with 64GB and installed plenty of Android apps without any issues. I only started having storage issues when it came to installing Linux Apps. If you do need extra storage then the LTE model is a perfect choice. The 128GB is more than enough for Chrome OS.
|WiFi model||4GB RAM / 64GB eMMC storage|
|LTE model||4 GB RAM / 128GB eMMC storage|
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 Display
The one thing that will make this laptop stand out from the competition is the display. Considering the price of this laptop the display Samsung has used is fantastic. This is a great move and I’m sure users will be thrilled with the detail you’ll get from this laptop.
When you consider the display size of just 12.4-inches you’ll be pretty impressed that it comes with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. The display alone will make it a joy to use whether you’re using it as a laptop or tablet. The TFT panel will also make the visuals pop and the colours will be vivid and true to life.
There is no question that this Chromebook has been designed to be used on the go. One thing that we all dread when using our laptops outside is the reflection from the sun. It can make using a laptop almost impossible when sitting outside. This should hopefully not be such an issue with the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 because it has a super-bright display at 350 nits.
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,600|
I’m really impressed Samsung has managed to provide one older type USB-A port. When you consider how slim this Chromebook is they could have easily decided not to do this. The older port will mean you’ll be able to use your older peripherals without the need for an adapter.
You’ll also find two newer USB Type-C ports, one on either side, which is good to see. You can use the USB Type-C ports to add any hardware that uses Type C. These ports can also be used to charge your laptop and connect an external display.
If you like to keep your files stored locally rather than in the cloud. You’ll be happy to find a Micro SD slot, which makes it easy to add further storage. This is great to see and is something that was missing from the Pixelbook Go.
Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 Specifications
|Processor||Intel Celeron N4500|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Storage||64 / 128 GB eMMC|
|Display||12.4″ 2560 x 1600 WQXGA TFT243 ppi, 350 nits|
|Battery||45.5 Whr (Up to 10 hrs)|
|Cameras||HD 720p, 1MP|
|Thickness/Weight||16.9 mm / 1.28 kg|
|Speakers||1.5W x 2|
|Security||TPM (Google H1)|
|Ports||USB-C (2), USB 3.2, HP/Mic, microSD, Nano security slot|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6, LTE (Optional)|
LTE or WiFi model?
The good news is you have the option to choose an LTE version. This allows you to insert a data SIM from a phone provider, so you can get access to the internet. This avoids you having to use your phone’s internet connection via tethering or any other method.
Although using your phone’s internet connection works just fine. You cannot beat the simplicity and instant access to the internet you’ll get with the LTE model. Considering this is aimed at students it makes perfect sense Samsung has provided this option. It does mean having to pay for a separate data SIM, but they are a lot cheaper than they once were.
When you consider the WiFi model costs £419 and the LTE model costs £499 there isn’t much of a difference. Also, the LTE model comes with double the amount of storage at 128GB. This makes the LTE model a much more attractive offer.
Automatic Update Expiry (AUE) date
All ChromeOS computers receive updates on a monthly basis. These updates bring new functionality to your Chromebook or Chromebox. Apart from offering some great new features with every update; these updates also ensure you’re safe when surfing online.
This is one of the reasons why ChromeOS computers are much safer than computers running on a different operating system. To continually improve ChromeOS and take advantage of the new technology found in the latest Chromebooks; all ChromeOS computers come with an AUE date. Once this date is reached your Chromebook will no longer receive automatic updates. Find out more about the AUE date and check the AUE date for any ChromeOS computer.
Although the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 isn’t going to be for everyone. The vast majority of people who need a laptop to carry out basic tasks will be happy with what is on offer. I don’t think you’ll find another Chromebook at this price that will offer you more.
Yes, it’s true it isn’t going to impress anyone who likes the fastest processor. However, what you do get are an excellent design and an amazing display. The display at just 12.4-inches with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 will not only impress. It also means this laptop is compact enough to take with you just about anywhere.
If I was on the lookout for a new Chromebook and I needed one I could take travelling with me. Then I would definitely consider the new Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. It should be available in the UK from 15 April 2022, and will most likely be available elsewhere in the near future.