Google announces revised Chromebook line-up, introduces new $249 Samsung model

Google announces revised Chromebook line-up, introduces new $249 Samsung model
The Chromebook could hardly be described as a runaway success since it was introduced at I/O last year. That said, Google is currently staying on track with its Chrome OS powered laptops. Gone from the line-up are the Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5 models, leaving the familiar, larger, Samsung Chromebook 550.

To replace the smaller units is a new Samsung Chromebook model, simply called, Samsung Chromebook. On board is a 11.6-inch screen, weighs only 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg), features a Samsung Exynos Dual processor and a battery that lasts about 6.5 hours. Also included is dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, a front VGA camera, HDMI, a single USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0.

The Samsung Chromebook is, like its predecessors, very cloud-centric. Google provides 100GB of free storage for two years. You will want to use it, since the SSD on this thing is only 16GB. Or, you can buy a 64GB USB drive, or SD card for less than $20, which you are sure to want to do since there is no cellular modem (for that, you would want the Samsung Chromebook 550, or use a Mi-Fi or smartphone’s hot-spot).

This Chromebook is in a good position to be a decent all-around portable computer and is attractively priced at $249. It would be nice to see some integration with Android however. You can pre-order the Samsung Chromebook now, but it will also be available at retailers starting next week.

source: Google via Redmond Pie




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17 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Meh. Not impressed.

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Me2, the 9$eries looks way much better.

3. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

There's no CPU clock spec or ram memory spec, I hope it has a beefy CPU and ram and then maybe we can talk.

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Cnet says its a Samsung exynos a15 but there is no information on the clock speed.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2294; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

According to Engadget, it should have the new Exynos 5 series chipset. That should make it at least on par with the quad-core A9 chipsets while still being dual-core. According to Samsung, each A15 core is 1.5-2 times faster than one core of the A9 cortex. That means that a dual-core A15 processor is at least on par with a quad-core A9 chipset.

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sure it is Exynos 5 because of usb 3.0 support

4. MeoCao unregistered

Time to introduce Android books, Google.

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

time for google to merge android to chrome OS!! and make a powerful alternative to windows pc and macs!!! so that it will be useful even with no internet connection!

8. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Wow, i love it! cant wait to get mine!

9. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

we need laptops and pc's running on android os. android ftw

10. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Pssh, a Note 2 is more powerful! Thatd be a better compromise.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2294; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

According to Engadget, this Chromebook actually features the new Exynos 5 series chipset. So, actually this should be just as powerful as the Note II, if not a little bit more powerful. The Exynos 5 series is built on the new A15 architecture, versus the A9 architecture of the Note II.

13. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Ugh, Dr.Phil you're always right!

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Cool price!!!!!

16. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I feel like Chromebooks are useless. I might as well get an Android tablet instead.

18. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Why wouldn't i just get tablet and a keyboard? Seams silly.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I dunno if Google really gets what they are doing with Chrome OS. It seems to be too redundant to Android to really matter. Its pretty much Android with a touchpad instead of a touchscreen with how limiited it is.

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