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.”
Samsung's new Chromebook 2 models