Samsung has two new ARM-powered laptops, the Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G

Samsung has two new ARM-powered laptops, the Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G

Today, Samsung announced the heavily-leaked Galaxy Book Go and the Galaxy Book Go 5G, two similar but different laptops. The former uses Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chipset, while the latter has a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2.

“PCs continue to enable our digital lives, helping us connect to our friends and family, work remotely, and find outlets for creativity and relaxation,” said Woncheol Chai, SVP and Head of Experience Planning Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy Book Go series is built for today’s mobile-first users, who expect seamless communication, sustained productivity, and immersive entertainment—all in one device. With the new addition to the Galaxy Book, Samsung offers wider options to our consumers to choose a device that best fits their needs.”

Dimensions 323.9 x 224.8 x 14.9 mm
Weight 1.38 kg
OS Windows 10 Home/Pro
Display 14-inch TFT FHD (1920 x 1080)
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno GPU
Connectivity Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem,
Wi-Fi 5, 802.11 ac 2×2,
Bluetooth v5.1
Color Silver
Memory 4GB, 8GB (LPDDR4X)
Storage 64GB, 128GB (eUFS)
Camera / Mic 720p HD / Digital Mic
Battery 42.3Wh (Typical)
Adapter 25W USB Type-C Fast Charger
Speakers Dolby Atmos
Ports USB Type-C (2), USB 2.0 (1), 3.5pi Headphone/Mic, MicroSD, nano SIM, Nano Security slot

Cellular connectivity is a key feature of these laptops, hence the word ‘Go’. However, Samsung seems to be making 4G laptops and 5G laptops across the board these days with its Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Flex2. With ARM, however, the cellular modem is built into the chipset so it can do so at a lower price point, although the base model Galaxy Book Go actually has a Wi-Fi only SoC.

Starting at $349, it comes with a 14-inch FHD display, Dolby Atmos audio, and it comes in at 14.9mm. Weighing in at just over three pounds, it’s not as thin as light as its flagship siblings in Samsung’s lineup. Still, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro is much lighter than most of what you’ll see at its price point. On top of that, the 42.3WHr battery should get some solid battery life, and it has cellular connectivity. Indeed, there’s a lot of value here.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go with highlighted features and ports

As far as ports, there are two USB Type-C ports, along with one USB Type-A port. Indeed, this might actually be the first Windows on ARM device with a the legacy USB port. It’s also got a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD slot.

Samsung also touted that this is part of its whole ecosystem. This is notable, as a lot of companies that make Windows on ARM PCs have tended to leave some of their own apps and services out instead of making them work on the new chip architecture. Samsung Galaxy phones can easily connect to Microsoft’s Your Phone app with Link to Windows, and you’ll be able to mirror your screen and pin Android apps. You can also extend your screen to a Galaxy Tab S7.

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is set to arrive this month, starting at $349. The Galaxy Book Go 5G is coming later on this year.

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Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

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