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New Samsung Chromebook 2 officially announced, prices start at $319.99

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New Samsung Chromebook 2 officially announced, prices start at $319.99
Samsung today announced two Chromebooks, both part of a refreshed Chromebook 2 series. The new Samsung Chromebooks come with an “elegant stitched design” - which, as revealed yesterday, means that they have the same faux-leather styling that we can see on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablets.

Developed with students and teachers in mind, the new Chrome OS-based Samsung netbooks come in two sizes, one sporting a 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 pixels), and another one offering a larger 13.3-inch screen (Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels). Both feature HDMI, USB, MicroSD card reader, 720p web cameras, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB iNAND Flash drives. The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 is powered by a 2.1GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor, includes a battery that can last up to 8.5 hours, and is "optimized for Google+ Hangouts messaging and video calling" - since it boasts high-power speakers with enhanced audio quality, plus a "noise reducing array microphone". The 11.6-inch model has a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor and a battery good enough for up to 8 hours of work.

“Since we introduced our first Chromebook in 2011, Samsung has been committed to continually developing our designs and features to meet our users’ ever-changing needs, while staying true to the core Chromebook attributes of simplicity, speed and security. Samsung has been the top selling consumer Chromebook brand for the past three years and we’ll continue to grow our leadership position in this space with the launch of the Chromebook 2 Series,” declared Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Both the 11.6-inch and the 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 will be released in the US in April. The small model comes in white and black, and has a suggested retail price of $319.99, while the 13.3-inch one will be a bit more expensive - $399.99 - coming in “luminous titan gray.”


source: Samsung

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posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:26 8

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3446; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Chromebook? wasting money. No Thanks. Blank screen and couple of google apps.
Give me Chrome browser please.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:35 5

9. sgodsell (Posts: 1228; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If its such a waste of money. Then why is Microsoft copying Google with their bingbooks? Its basically a Windows machine that can't run legacy apps. Kind of like surface (2) with Windows RT, but then again RT must be a waste of money as well. Chromebooks are not targeted for everyone, but anyone who browses the web, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, FaceBook, voip, light games, documents, news, sports, whether, shopping, and more. Well I guess the the majority of the public could use a Chromebook if people would stop bashing them and give them a try. You never have to maintain them or buy virus software.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:58

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1383; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Chromebooks are good. Problem is that there are not that many quality apps (yet) and it's very cloud-based OS (if LTE, then that problem might be solved). Otherwise, not bad at all, not just as good as full Windows or Mac OS X. If using laptop only for web-browsing and minor productivity stuff (Google Drive), as said, not bad.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:34 6

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


BingBook??? Never heard of it.. I'll have to look that up...

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 19:16 1

19. nlbates66 (Posts: 295; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


doesn't exist.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 20:11

20. Ikechukwu (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Bing book? please let's hear another joke

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 02:57

22. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


chromebooks are awsome... for 10 bucks

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 13:20

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 1577; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


never have to maintain them or buy virus software? Please....you bought that hype?

Sorry, my 11.6 $259 Lenovo Lynx is of more use than this, and yes its windows 8.1 full blow legacy style. Great battery life as well.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:30 4

11. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Chromebook isn't that bad. It's mainly for media and internet consumption(What most people do on their notebook.). But I think that they should merge Android with ChromeOS, that would be EPIC!

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:35 2

2. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Granted I don't think I would personally have a great deal of use for a Chromebook but it is nice to a Chromebook with "Laptop" like specifications & power for those who may actually have a need for one.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:43 7

3. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Why ANYONE would buy a laptop with Internet Browser OS ?!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 02:59

23. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


why would any one buy a big ipod touch called ipad?! there are some people out there who would do that.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:55 4

4. papss (unregistered)


Yuck!! Just no

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:07 2

5. downphoenix (Posts: 2320; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I have never even seen a single one of these out in the wild, nor do I know anyone that owns one of these. Why doesn't Google just axe ChromeOS and make Android more desktop friendly?

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:17 2

7. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My cousin and friend both have Chromebooks from Samsung. It literally boots up in eight seconds and is pretty damn neat. Given you're only tied to Google Services, but it isn't a bad option for those who just like to surf the web.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:12 3

6. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Those that complain and wine about chromebooks have probably never used them. They don't see where chromebooks fit into the mobile computing space. Great for college students without a lot of money, older adults, kids. It is not for those people that need their computers for graphic design, 3D modeling, or anything else that requires alot of processing power. This is obviouly not who they are targeting these chromebooks toward. They are simply cheap, portable, (flash supporting) internet machines.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 13:22

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 1577; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Great for college students, then you need MS Office, while google docs works, plenty of PP and Word doc porting fails leaves me with the hassle and them of just using the real deal.

Go to newegg, buy a refurbished tablet. $259, lenovo lynx, windows 8.1 11.6in screen, sd support, hdmi support, dock support, and full blow office. Bluetooth wifi, all the goodies....

That is a student device...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 14:16

26. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


If you are in college and you are taking a class on how to use Word, PPT, Excel, etc. then yes, this would not be your computer. I never took any of those courses. Never once in college was I forced to use Word to write papers, I just used whatever program I had at the time, I think most of the time I used MS Word Processor. Also, you do know that you can create and edit Word, Excel, & PPT docs using OneDrive (Skydrive) right on the web right?

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:33

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


If it was an optimized version of Android Kitkat for Laptop/Desktop I would immediately buy it. But so far, Chrome OS is a big let down.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:39

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I don't know about this, but I would be willing to give it a chance... After all, I'm no pathetic, mindless, ultra biased hatter, like a lot of the kids on PA... Who knows, these things might catch on one day...
...................
Times change and what's popular now might not be tomorrow.. This is what a lot of self-righteous fans here on PA need to recognize, and quit boosting their self esteem by market share... Those people will look foolish when it's all over and something new, and popular comes to steal the spot light... So, no.. I'm not gonna be naive enough to put down these machines.. I'm going to keep a open mind...

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 17:08 4

14. atlvideoguy (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Why waste money when you can get an 11.6" Asus windows 8 touchscreen laptop for $279.99!

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 17:25 1

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I mean, actually,,,, that would make more sense...

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 17:10

15. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


It would be cool if the whole OS was like a huge app for windows. Can i make my pc dual boot to this OS?

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 17:26

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Probably so.. Yeah, probably so.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 19:06 1

18. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 719; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


At least I can install Ubuntu on these

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 20:12 1

21. Ikechukwu (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Sincerely a waste of money. ChromeBook?

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