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Samsung Galaxy Book Go in review: Silent office notebook

Saved on the display. The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is a very affordable notebook that is suitable for everyday office tasks and web surfing. With the ARM processor, the laptop offers a very good battery life, but also limitations. We will clarify what these are in our test report.
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Samsung Galaxy Book Go

The Galaxy Book Go is not Samsung's first notebook with an ARM processor in our tests. Already the Galaxy Book S showed that this technology promises long battery runtimes and a performance suitable for everyday use. However, while the Book S was still in the higher-priced range, the Galaxy Book Go is comparatively inexpensive.

For less than 500 Euros (~$587), it is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 and its internal graphics unit, as well as 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. With this hardware, we compare the Galaxy Book Go with the rival devices listed below. Other notebooks from our database can also be added for comparison under each section.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Go (Galaxy Book Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 8 x 2.6 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 468)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO203D, TN, glossy: no
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 80 GB free
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 324 x 225 ( = 0.59 x 12.76 x 8.86 in)
Battery
41.1 Wh, 5320 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, 2x 1.5 Watt, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, power supply, SIM-Needle, Samsung Apps, 24 Months Warranty, SAR-Value (body): 0,902 W/kg, fanless
Weight
1.38 kg ( = 48.68 oz / 3.04 pounds), Power Supply: 96 g ( = 3.39 oz / 0.21 pounds)
Price
500 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79.3 %
08/2021
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
SD 7c Gen 2, Adreno 618
1.4 kg15 mm14.00"1920x1080
86.2 %
06/2020
Samsung Galaxy Book S
SD 8cx, Adreno 680
951 g11.8 mm13.30"1920x1080
79 %
07/2021
Chuwi CoreBook X
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
1.5 kg20.6 mm14.00"2160x1440
79.4 %
10/2020
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Celeron N4100, UHD Graphics 600
1.1 kg11 mm13.30"1920x1080

Case - Stable and light Samsung notebook

Samsung makes the top of the base and the lid of the Galaxy Book Go out of metal. The frame of the display and the base plate, on the other hand, are made of plastic. The notebook is well-made, looks stable and is very torsion-resistant. The display can also be folded back by up to 180 degrees and is held firmly in the respective position by the hinges.

Thanks to its narrow display bezel, the Galaxy Book Go is a very slim and compact device. The dimensions are on par with comparable notebooks. The weight of approximately 1.4 kilograms (~3.1 lb) is acceptable for this device class.

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Size comparison

324 mm / 12.8 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 229.5 mm / 9.04 inch 20.6 mm / 0.811 inch 1.5 kg3.3 lbs305.2 mm / 12 inch 203.2 mm / 8 inch 11.8 mm / 0.4646 inch 951 g2.1 lbs305 mm / 12 inch 198 mm / 7.8 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs

Equipment - Only a few ports on the Galaxy Book Go

The connectivity of Samsung's Galaxy Book Go is quite clear. The USB-C port on the right side is worth mentioning since it can also be used to connect an external monitor to the laptop. Other ports can also be connected via corresponding adapters or docking stations.

Left side: 1x USB-C 2.0 (also power connector), combined audio jack, microSD card reader
Left side: 1x USB-C 2.0 (also power connector), combined audio jack, microSD card reader
Right side: NanoSIM slot, 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (incl. DP), 1x USB-A 2.0, Kensington lock
Right side: NanoSIM slot, 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (incl. DP), 1x USB-A 2.0, Kensington lock

SDCardreader

The microSD card reader of Samsung's Galaxy Book Go achieves a good result when reading data with our reference memory card AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60. With a speed of 74.2 MB/s, it can claim second place in our test field.

SD Card Reader - maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Samsung Galaxy Book S
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
82.4 MB/s ∼100% +11%
Average of class Office
  (17.2 - 201, n=83, last 2 years)
79.1 MB/s ∼96% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
74.2 MB/s ∼90%
Chuwi CoreBook X
  (AV PRO V60)
26.82 MB/s ∼33% -64%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
 
26.7 MB/s ∼32% -64%

Communication

The Galaxy Book Go can establish wireless connections via Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 and LTE. However, we only achieve comparatively slow data transfer rates with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX 12, which is only enough for the last place in our test field.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=114, last 2 years)
944 MBit/s ∼100% +913%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
606 (307min - 618max) MBit/s ∼64% +550%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
479 (314min - 586max) MBit/s ∼51% +414%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
433 (230min - 462max) MBit/s ∼46% +365%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  (31.2 - 966, n=459)
359 MBit/s ∼38% +285%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
314 (234min - 398max) MBit/s ∼33% +237%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
93.2 (80min - 105max) MBit/s ∼10%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=115, last 2 years)
1010 MBit/s ∼100% +910%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
607 (195min - 675max) MBit/s ∼60% +507%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
535 (503min - 564max) MBit/s ∼53% +435%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  (32.9 - 1065, n=459)
382 MBit/s ∼38% +282%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
314 (268min - 325max) MBit/s ∼31% +214%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
284 (169min - 380max) MBit/s ∼28% +184%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
100 (95min - 104max) MBit/s ∼10%
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Samsung Galaxy Book Go 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø100 (95-104)
Samsung Galaxy Book S 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø535 (503-564)
Samsung Galaxy Book Go 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø93.2 (80-105)
Samsung Galaxy Book S 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø596 (307-618)

Webcam

Samsung also only installs a low-resolution webcam with 0.9 MP in its laptop, as is the case in most current devices. Accordingly, the picture quality is mediocre, which displays blurry images and too pale colors even in good lighting conditions.

ColorChecker
11.1 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
11 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
12 ∆E
11 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Book Go: 10.77 ∆E min: 2.47 - max: 16.26 ∆E

Accessories

Besides the laptop, only the power supply with the corresponding USB-C cable is included in the Samsung Galaxy Book Go's scope of delivery. Other general accessories can be purchased on the manufacturer's website.

Maintenance

The rubber feet on the bottom of the Galaxy Book Go are not glued but only plugged in. Therefore, they can be removed easily, which frees up access to the screws underneath. Once the latter have been loosened, the base plate can be removed. Inside the laptop, however, all components are soldered and thus cannot be exchanged or extended. The battery is screwed down and fans for cleaning are not present.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Maintenance options
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Maintenance options

Warranty

Samsung grants a warranty period of 24 months for the Galaxy Book Go.

Input devices - Good keyboard for typing

Keyboard

The keys of the Galaxy Book Go offer a clear feedback when typing and are suitable for writing long texts effortlessly. The special keys are also relatively easy to reach, only the arrow keys seemed a bit too small to us. However, Samsung does not provide a backlight.

Touchpad

Samsung uses a clickpad as a mouse replacement, which is very easy to use. Inputs are accepted very reliably and mouse clicks are triggered without delay both mechanically and via touch.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - input devices
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - input devices
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Clickpad
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Clickpad
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Keyboard
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Keyboard

Display - Too dark, too pale and PWM

Subpixel
Subpixel
Screenbleeding
Screenbleeding

The screen of Samsung's Galaxy Book Go consists of a 14-inch TN panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. We measured a maximum brightness of 230 cd/m² in the center of the screen, but the drop to the edges is very high with, for example, only 184 cd/m² in the upper left corner. The illumination of only 80% is the lowest in our test field.

For the brightness control, PWM with a rather low frequency of 200 Hz is used with a luminosity of 20 percent. This can cause problems for people with sensitive eyes.

184
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO203D
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 230 cd/m² Average: 201.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 230 cd/m²
Contrast: 639:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.23 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 15.28 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
Gamma: 2.55
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
AUO203D, TN, 1920x1080, 14.00
Samsung Galaxy Book S
BOE, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Chuwi CoreBook X
Chi Mei P140ZKA-BZ1, IPS, 2160x1440, 14.00
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Sharp SHP1447, IPSJ390, 1920x1080, 13.30
Display
Display P3 Coverage
67.2
65.48
sRGB Coverage
98
95.63
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
68.8
67.39
Response Times
1494%
1590%
-47%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 ?(21, 19)
48.8 ?(22, 26.8)
-22%
36.4 ?(18.4, 18)
9%
41 ?(21, 20)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
11 ?(7, 4)
28.4 ?(16.4, 12)
-158%
26.4 ?(13.2, 13.2)
-140%
29 ?(16, 13)
-164%
PWM Frequency
200 ?(20)
9524 ?(20)
4662%
10000 ?(99)
4900%
250 ?(10)
25%
Screen
56%
45%
52%
Brightness middle
230
383
67%
355.3
54%
355
54%
Brightness
201
355
77%
344
71%
330
64%
Brightness Distribution
80
88
10%
94
18%
88
10%
Black Level *
0.36
0.36
-0%
0.34
6%
0.275
24%
Contrast
639
1064
67%
1045
64%
1291
102%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.23
3.1
75%
6.2
49%
5.92
52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
23.26
5.3
77%
10.96
53%
10.41
55%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
15.28
3.6
76%
7.9
48%
6.55
57%
Gamma
2.55 86%
2 110%
2.02 109%
2.06 107%
CCT
18403 35%
6743 96%
7450 87%
7661 85%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.23
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
Total Average (Program / Settings)
775% / 448%
818% / 467%
3% / 25%

* ... smaller is better

The contrast ratio of 639:1 is very low and the black value of 0.36 cd/m² is also slightly higher. As a result, colors do not appear well delineated from each other and black image content appears with a gray haze.

The CalMAN analysis also shows that colors are displayed with a clear blue cast.

CalMAN - Color fidelity
CalMAN - Color fidelity
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

The Galaxy Book Go can only be used outdoors on cloudy days or in shady areas. In strong ambient light or direct sunlight, the brightness is not high enough to display image content legibly despite the matte display surface.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Outdoor use
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Outdoor use
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Outdoor use
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - Outdoor use

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
11 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 48 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17031 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The TN panel installed by Samsung is not viewing-angle stable, which means that image content appears with clearly distorted colors when viewed from the side. Therefore, you have to look at the display as straight as possible in everyday use, since the display already deviates from angles of about 45 degrees.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Samsung notebook suitable for office programs

The Galaxy Book Go is a laptop for people with low demands on performance. The installed Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is suitable for simple office applications and web browsing. Media playback is also possible without problems. However, even simple multi-tasking shows short waiting times. The system also stalled occasionally, for example when an external hard drive was connected.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - CPUz
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - CPUz
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - CPUz
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - CPUz
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - HWInfo
 

Processor

The aforementioned behavior is reflected by low results in the benchmarks. The performance is comparable with that of an Intel Celeron N4100 whereby the latter scores slightly worse in the CPU tests, but slightly better in the GPU tests.

Since the Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is an ARM processor, only 64-bit applications natively compiled for ARM can be run. A 64-bit Windows emulation for x86 apps has already been announced, but it is not yet known when it will be available. Therefore, you should check whether the required applications are also available as a 32-bit version before buying the notebook.

Of the benchmarks performed, only Geekbench 5.3 ran as native ARM applications. The rest of the tests were emulated, which can lead to a lower result than would be the case with native applications. We have shown which performance other processors offer in comparison in our CPU benchmark list listed.

Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
3DMark 11: 1280x720 Performance GPU
WebXPRT 3: ---
JetStream 1.1: Total Score
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
Octane V2: Total Score
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=107, last 2 years)
3979 Points ∼100% +144%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
3143 Points ∼79% +93%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
2760 Points ∼69% +69%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
1630 Points ∼41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
1630 Points ∼41% 0%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Celeron N4100
1407 Points ∼35% -14%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=107, last 2 years)
1172 Points ∼100% +111%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
801 Points ∼68% +44%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
700 Points ∼60% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
556 Points ∼47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
556 Points ∼47% 0%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Celeron N4100
404 Points ∼34% -27%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (3667 - 23600, n=33, last 2 years)
14022 Points ∼100% +282%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
11047 Points ∼79% +201%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
7502 Points ∼54% +105%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
3667 Points ∼26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
3667 Points ∼26% 0%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1580 - 6891, n=33, last 2 years)
4603 Points ∼100% +191%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
3313 Points ∼72% +110%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
2355 Points ∼51% +49%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
1580 Points ∼34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
1580 Points ∼34% 0%
3DMark 11 / Performance GPU
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=118, last 2 years)
3844 Points ∼100% +542%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
2632 Points ∼68% +339%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
2278 Points ∼59% +280%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
1593 Points ∼41% +166%
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Celeron N4100
603 Points ∼16% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
599 Points ∼16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
599 Points ∼16% 0%
WebXPRT 3 /
Average of class Office
  (89.2 - 270, n=92, last 2 years)
201 Points ∼100% +112%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
176 Points ∼88% +85%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
132 Points ∼66% +39%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
116 Points ∼58% +22%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
95 Points ∼47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
95 Points ∼47% 0%
JetStream 1.1 / Total Score
Average of class Office
  (101 - 305, n=36, last 2 years)
232 Points ∼100% +129%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
149.75 Points ∼65% +48%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
134.1 Points ∼58% +32%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
101.34 Points ∼44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
101 Points ∼44% 0%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average of class Office
  (58.2 - 180, n=29, last 2 years)
140 Points ∼100% +123%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
124.73 Points ∼89% +98%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
85.407 Points ∼61% +36%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
73.5 Points ∼53% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
62.9 Points ∼45% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
62.89 Points ∼45%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total Score
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Intel Celeron N4100
2561 ms * ∼100% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
1819 ms * ∼71% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
1818.6 ms * ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
1464.2 ms * ∼57% +19%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
1284.3 ms * ∼50% +29%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
1010 ms * ∼39% +44%
Average of class Office
  (613 - 2170, n=120, last 2 years)
934 ms * ∼36% +49%
Octane V2 / Total Score
Average of class Office
  (16762 - 65503, n=47, last 2 years)
39912 Points ∼100% +92%
HP EliteBook Folio 13.5-3G2L2EA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G
32979 Points ∼83% +59%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
29364 Points ∼74% +42%
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
20737 Points ∼52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2
 
20737 Points ∼52% 0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
511
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3053
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.88 Points
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Samsung installs a 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage in the Galaxy Book Go, as it is also used in smartphones, for example. Although it achieves good read and write speeds for its class in the storage benchmarks, it cannot keep up even with inexpensive SSDs in our test field.

To compare the performance offered in other mass storage devices, see our HDD/SSD benchmark list.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Samsung Galaxy Book S
256 GB NVMe
Chuwi CoreBook X
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
128 GB NVMe
Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
66%
469%
78%
0%
Write 4K
19.67
30.59
56%
130.5
563%
54.23
176%
19.7
0%
Read 4K
17.69
20.26
15%
38.72
119%
9.892
-44%
17.7
0%
Write Seq
211.8
421.36
99%
709.1
235%
391.3
85%
212
0%
Read Seq
430.1
1232.08
186%
717.1
67%
403.6
-6%
430
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
41.47
39.17
-6%
509.5
1129%
122.3
195%
41.5
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
48.17
41.14
-15%
554.1
1050%
96.07
99%
48.2
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
210.1
420.9
100%
1037
394%
464.3
121%
210
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
540.5
1046.6
94%
1609
198%
538.7
0%
541
0%
AS SSD
54%
220%
-22%
0%
Seq Read
449.02
1069
138%
1392.62
210%
469.67
5%
449
0%
Seq Write
185.2
382
106%
954.07
415%
422.88
128%
185
0%
4K Read
16.56
16.64
0%
39.51
139%
18.01
9%
16.6
0%
4K Write
38.97
35.99
-8%
98.87
154%
40.29
3%
39
0%
4K-64 Read
257.43
415.06
61%
834.37
224%
94.46
-63%
257
0%
4K-64 Write
153.24
229.51
50%
686.92
348%
194.55
27%
153
0%
Access Time Read *
0.282
0.066
77%
0.437
-55%
0.282
-0%
Access Time Write *
0.117
0.093
21%
0.044
62%
0.41
-250%
0.117
-0%
Score Read
319
539
69%
1013
218%
159
-50%
319
0%
Score Write
211
304
44%
881
318%
277
31%
211
0%
Score Total
684
1086
59%
2399
251%
523
-24%
684
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
60% / 59%
345% / 325%
28% / 20%
0% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 540.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 210.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 48.17 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 41.47 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 430.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 211.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 17.69 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 19.67 MB/s

Gaming performance

For the display of image content, the Galaxy Book Go has the internal Qualcomm Adreno 618. It is only suitable for displaying simple games from the Windows Store, and long loading times have to be expected here as well. In our review of Asphalt 8, a smooth gameplay was interrupted by occasional stutters.

Emissions - Silent notebook from Samsung

Noise emissions

The Samsung notebook is cooled passively and is therefore silent. We could not detect any other noises, such as coil whine or similar, in our test device.

Temperature

According to our measurements, the Galaxy Book Go heats up to 41.6 °C (~107 °F) under load. Thus, the laptop only heats up moderately and can be used on the thighs, for example, without any problems. The temperatures of the palm rests are also within a moderate range with a maximum of 26 °C (~79 °F).

Max. Load
 28.8 °C
84 F
35.4 °C
96 F
31.3 °C
88 F
 
 29 °C
84 F
27.8 °C
82 F
27.3 °C
81 F
 
 24.4 °C
76 F
24.5 °C
76 F
24.3 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
35.1 °C
95 F
41.6 °C
107 F
33.2 °C
92 F
27.6 °C
82 F
29.3 °C
85 F
28.2 °C
83 F
25.9 °C
79 F
25.9 °C
79 F
25.3 °C
78 F
Maximum: 41.6 °C = 107 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  38 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 29.5 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.4 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.6 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.8 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 29.5 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 24.5 °C / 76.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.9 °C / 82.2 F (+3.4 °C / 6.1 F).
Thermal image at idle - top side
Thermal image at idle - top side
Thermal image at idle - bottom side
Thermal image at idle - bottom side
Thermal image under load - top side
Thermal image under load - top side
Thermal image under load - bottom side
Thermal image under load - bottom side

Speaker

Loudspeaker characteristic
Loudspeaker characteristic

The speakers of the Galaxy Book Go offer a relatively high volume and a sound spectrum that is pronounced on the high tones. Thus, the Samsung notebook is suitable for playing voice content. However, external speakers or headphones should be preferred for more complex audio content.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.524.130.52531.730.231.7313238.2324030.73230.75029.929.129.96320.32120.38016.923.616.910016.729.316.712517.835.217.816016.745.316.720014.743.714.72501451.2143151458.81440012.16312.150012.262.212.263011.960.811.980011.564.811.5100011.870.211.8125011.864.611.8160012.364.412.3200012.464.312.4250012.371.412.331501363.713400013.36813.3500013.366.913.3630013.567.713.5800013.975.413.91000015.582.215.51250015.378.615.31600012.867.112.8SPL25.183.625.1N0.652.10.6median 13.3median 64.4median 13.3Delta1.65.71.63129.7292929.73430.131.233.130.925.433.124.33425.239.722.847.823.45524.455.922.257.722.260.820.862.419.862.319.364.418.968.31870.817.470.41768.816.466.516.668.216.267.415.966.515.965.81663.516.163.516.164.31655.115.843.229.679.21.346.5median 17.4median 63.52.95.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy Book GoSamsung Galaxy Book S
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy Book Go audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.19 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Book S audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 10% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 87% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power management - Laptop with long battery life

Power consumption

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - power supply
Samsung Galaxy Book Go - power supply

With an average power consumption of 4.2 watts in idle and 8.2 watts under load, the Galaxy Book Go shows the lowest energy demand in our test field. The maximum value is 11.4 watts, which means that the included 20-watt power supply is sufficiently high.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.9 / 4.2 / 4.8 Watt
Load midlight 8.2 / 11.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
SD 7c Gen 2, Adreno 618, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, TN, 1920x1080, 14.00
Samsung Galaxy Book S
SD 8cx, Adreno 680, 256 GB NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Chuwi CoreBook X
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, IPS, 2160x1440, 14.00
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Celeron N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 128 GB NVMe, IPSJ390, 1920x1080, 13.30
Average Qualcomm Adreno 618
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-23%
-236%
-73%
47%
-203%
Idle Minimum *
1.9
1.61
15%
6.2
-226%
3.4
-79%
0.946 ?(0.49 - 1.9, n=20)
50%
4.07 ?(1.3 - 9.9, n=120, last 2 years)
-114%
Idle Average *
4.2
4.3
-2%
10.7
-155%
6.9
-64%
2.1 ?(0.95 - 5.2, n=20)
50%
7.43 ?(3.5 - 17.4, n=120, last 2 years)
-77%
Idle Maximum *
4.8
5
-4%
12.5
-160%
7.4
-54%
2.31 ?(1 - 5.3, n=20)
52%
9.21 ?(4.8 - 22.5, n=120, last 2 years)
-92%
Load Average *
8.2
13.2
-61%
40.5
-394%
17
-107%
4.62 ?(2.65 - 8.2, n=20)
44%
37.5 ?(8.2 - 85.6, n=118, last 2 years)
-357%
Load Maximum *
11.4
18.3
-61%
39.2
-244%
18.5
-62%
6.93 ?(4.86 - 11.4, n=20)
39%
54.4 ?(11.4 - 131, n=120, last 2 years)
-377%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.4

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Samsung's notebook achieves a runtime of almost 13 hours in our practical WLAN test. It thus achieves a very good rate and is only surpassed by Samsung's Galaxy Book S in our test field.

The battery of the Galaxy Book Go is fully recharged after about one and a half hours with the included power adapter.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
10h 52min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 59min
Samsung Galaxy Book Go
SD 7c Gen 2, Adreno 618, 41.1 Wh
Samsung Galaxy Book S
SD 8cx, Adreno 680, 42 Wh
Chuwi CoreBook X
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, 46.2 Wh
Jumper Tech Ez Book X3 Air
Celeron N4100, UHD Graphics 600,  Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
13%
-49%
-43%
-51%
WiFi v1.3
778
953
22%
400
-49%
441
-43%
521 ?(241 - 1124, n=120, last 2 years)
-33%
Load
359
369
3%
116 ?(54 - 359, n=71, last 2 years)
-68%

Pros

+ very good battery life
+ stable and light case
+ good keyboard
+ integrated LTE

Cons

- display with very low contrast ratio
- TN panel with unstable viewing angles
- no maintenance options
- low system performance
- slow WLAN

Verdict - Sufficient for simple demands

In review: Samsung Galaxy Book Go. Test device provided by: Samsung Germany
In review: Samsung Galaxy Book Go. Test device provided by: Samsung Germany

With the Galaxy Book Go, Samsung supplies an inexpensive notebook with an ARM processor. If it is only used for office programs and surfing the Internet, there should not be any problems due to incompatible programs in everyday use. The performance is sufficient to run applications within the mentioned scope. However, the system can slow down if several programs are used at the same time.

A better display could have made the Samsung Galaxy Book Go a good and inexpensive notebook.

Due to the low price, a not too fast running system would not be an issue, though. However, since Samsung also saves on the display, the Galaxy Book Go becomes a rather mediocre notebook compared to other notebooks in this price range. The extremely low contrast ratio and the strong viewing angle instability are not particularly pleasant for the eyes.

The cheap competition from China has made a name for itself with devices like the Jumper Tech EZbook X3 Air and the Chuwi CoreBook X, some of which are even cheaper and offer a better screen. The battery life is shorter here, but what use is 13 hours of runtime when you cannot look at the display for that long?

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is available now and can be purchased for about $319.99 (~$375), for example, on Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go - 08/11/2021 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 55%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 92%
Battery
90%
Display
72%
Games Performance
18 / 78 → 23%
Application Performance
56 / 95 → 59%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
75%
Camera
32 / 85 → 38%
Average
69%
79%
Office - Weighted Average

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