The new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is to be released in the UK

About a year ago I wrote an article about how happy I was that Samsung decided to start selling laptops in Europe again. Before then, we had a few years where Samsung Chromebooks were available in the USA, but none in the UK or Europe. This wasn’t just Chromebooks, Samsung stopped selling any type of laptop.

Although there are plenty of other Chromebooks to choose from. Not being able to buy one from a manufacturer who is known for making great tech was a bit of a letdown. When Samsung announced they were bringing back laptops to the UK and Europe I was very excited about what this would mean for Chromebooks.

The new Galaxy Chromebook 2 360

In London, on 24 March 2022 Samsung announced a new Chromebook will be launched in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 has been designed with students in mind, but I’m sure it will be a Chromebook that will suit all types of users.

What I love about Samsung products is that they look really cool. Apart from Google, there isn’t another Chromebook manufacturer that puts a huge amount of effort into making your tech look so good. For me, that’s really important because who wouldn’t want to have a laptop that looks amazing.

From the images supplied by Samsung, the new Chromebook 2 360 definitely looks the part. It’s super slim and has nice rounded edges to make it easy to carry.

How Samsung has kept the cost low

I think Samsung has made a really smart move on keeping the cost of this laptop low. At just £419 they’ve done that by concentrating on design and offering a fantastic display. This is something that most students would expect, and many laptop users will know the difference a good display makes. So they’ve essentially taken steps to ensure the important bits we all want from our laptops is taken care of.

They’ve kept the price low by not using a really high spec processor. I think this is a really good move because we’ve seen so many expensive Chromebooks released recently. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against high-performing Chromebooks, I’ve got one, which is the Asus CX5 Chromebook.

Galaxy Chromebook 2 360
The Galaxy Chromebook 2 360

Although it’s great to have a laptop with a top of the range processor. The thing you need to remember when it comes to Chrome OS is that it’s super lightweight. That means you can get most things done on a Chromebook with an entry-level processor.

Most budget Chromebooks with entry-level processors are budget everywhere else. What I mean by that is they also look cheap and the displays are usually pretty basic. I’m really glad the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is essentially a budget laptop, but you’d never know by looking at it.

Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 design and display

Has you may have already gathered by the name of this laptop it’s a Hybrid 2-in-1 device. This means you can use it as either a laptop or a tablet. Something I think students would be really happy about, as having both form factors adds to the functionality.

It has a 12.4-inch display, which is an unusual size when you consider the standard being either 11.6 or 14-inches. Personally speaking, I prefer laptops with a display that is in this size range. My much beloved Asus C302 came with a 12.5-inch display and it was great.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360
Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is a Hybrid 2-in-1

Considering the size of the display you’ll be getting amazingly crisp and sharp images and text. This is because it comes with a whopping 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. The display is also super bright, as Samsung points out the 350 nits brightness. That’s really bright, so you should be able to use this laptop/tablet outside without any issues.

Summary

If you want to know more about the new Chromebook from Samsung. Take a look at this article from the Samsung Newsroom about the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. You’ll find further details about the laptop and the specs they’ve chosen to use.

I think Samsung will see huge sales of this Chromebook. They’ve realised not everyone needs a high-performing laptop, especially when Chrome OS performs just fine with basic specs. What they’ve done instead is offer a laptop that not only looks cool but is totally practical for students.

3 thoughts on “The new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is to be released in the UK”

  1. Thanks for this Dan but I think it’s such a shame they’ve gone for a bottom of the barrel processor. At £419, no matter how good the rest of the chromebook was I don’t think I would be expecting a celeron N4500 processor which will be 18months old by the time this chromebook is released. The previous release was described as a “Beautiful Letdown” by a well known Youtube Channel and I expect this will be the same. ChromeOS is advancing rapidly with new features and it does make me wonder how well the N4500 will perform in the future. I understand that the support period for a new chromebook is 8 years from the date of manufacture and I’m not convinced that the N4500 will stand the test of time.

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    • Hi David, I do see your point but the previous Samsung Chromebook Go was all wrong. It looked great but had poor specs and a poor screen. If we consider this is mainly aimed at students. One thing they will want is something that looks good and has a good display. Therefore, Samsung has definitely provided an improvement to that model. I think it’s very easy to get caught up with the specs that you need for a Chromebook. When you consider most students will need to word process, complete online courses and that sort of stuff. Then the Intel Celeron will perform these tasks just fine. I’m not for one second suggesting this laptop is going to do well with some Linux Apps. However, I’m not sure that was the intention of Samsung when designing it.

      I was really critical of the Samsung Chromebook Go because it offered such a poor display. I think they’ve hit the nail on the head here for students. Chrome OS does not need a super-powerful processor. Yes, a more powerful processor makes it a much quicker and more enjoyable experience overall. The question is will an Intel Celeron limit students? I don’t think so, and if students need something more powerful they will look elsewhere. I’ll predict that this Chromebook will sell in huge volumes.

      Hopefully, in the future Samsung will bring out another model with a better processor, but we also know that will mean more expense. That’s the balancing act.

      I’m glad you liked the article, and thanks for the comment

      Dan

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  2. You could well be right Dan. Personally, I’m not really bothered about the aesthetics of a laptop, just that it has a great screen and is fairly speedy, but if you want to market a product aimed at the education sector and sell in large volumes then it has to look cool and as you say it wouldn’t have to be too powerful for that sector.

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