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Samsung’s $549 Galaxy Chromebook 2 will be available on March 1st

Preorders start today

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Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2, previously stated to be coming in “Q1 2021,” finally has a release date. You can preorder it starting today through Samsung and Best Buy, and it’ll start shipping on March 1st. Models start at $549.99.

While it’s technically the second device to bear the name “Samsung Galaxy Chromebook,” this laptop is a step down from its $999 predecessor — an ultrathin premium OLED device — when it comes to hardware. It’s a bit thicker and heavier, at 2.71 pounds and 0.55 inches thick. And Samsung has replaced the Galaxy Chromebook’s high-end 4K OLED panel with a more standard QLED screen (which the company says can produce over a billion colors). The Chromebook 2 comes in the same colors as its predecessor (“mercury gray” and a bold “fiesta red”), and it includes a touchscreen with stylus support (though one is not included).

We spent some time with this device earlier this year, so take a look if you’d like more information.