In recent months Qualcomm has announced a pair of updated Snapdragon ARM CPUs made for PC use, and now Samsung has announced new laptops featuring both. The new Galaxy Book Go promises instant performance and 18 hours of battery life with one Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 chipset. The slim and lightweight 14-inch laptop runs Windows 10 and can come with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and 64 GB or 128 GB of built-in memory. It went on sale June 10 with a starting price of $ 349.
If you want something a little more powerful, then it looks like the Galaxy Book Go 5G might be a good option when it arrives later this year with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip inside that is designed to compete with Intel’s Core i5 CPUs. There’s not a word on its specifications or its prices, but both laptops have a silver finish, 180-degree foldable zipper, Dolby Atmos audio and “military durability”.
Previous Snapdragon powered laptops they have met their long-term battery promises, but have demanded compromises on performance and app compatibility. Meanwhile, Apple has moved its laptops into ARM CPUs seamlessly both up front and with the M1 family of chips, even though all of its devices are much more expensive. We’ll find out soon if a new SDK and updated hardware are enough to change things for Windows in ARM this time around.
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