Samsung's Chromebook Pro is a convertible 2-in-1 that features an S Pen

Samsung's Chromebook Pro is a convertible 2-in-1 that features an S Pen
Samsung really hasn't had that great of a year. The company started out strong with the release of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but following the explosive debacle surrounding the Note 7, the company's in quite a bit of a pinch (a $5 billion pinch to be exact). While the Note line certainly has a lot to love, the most icon aspect of it is undeniably the S Pen stylus that every Note product has come equipped with. Samsung has continually improved upon the S Pen with every iteration of their Galaxy Note handset, and with the Note 7, the S Pen it came with was shaping up to be the best one yet. Unfortunately, as we all know by now, both the Note 7 and its included S Pen stylus are DOA.

However, if you absolutely need some S Pen goodness in your life, Samsung has released the Chromebook Pro is Korea that comes equipped with its very own S Pen.

Well, kind of sort of. You see, Samsung is calling the included stylus that comes with the Chromebook Pro the "PEN." Despite the new naming system, the included PEN looks nearly identical to the S Pen that came with the Note 7, and Samsung is saying that the stylus provides for a "true-to-life, natural PEN experience." In addition to that, the Chromebook Pro features a 12.3-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600. The display utilizes a 3:2 aspect ratio for more enjoyable web browsing and productivity work, and the rotating hinge allows the screen to be folded back 360-degrees so you can use it as a tablet.


In regards to its internals, the Chromebook Pro is packing in two Cortex A72 cores and four A53 cores. Additionally, the Pro will come equipped with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage that can be expanded via an SD card, and two USB Type-C ports. All of this is housed in a rather attractive full-metal casing, and with a weight of just 2.38-pounds, the Chromebook Pro shouldn't wear you down too much while carrying it around with you.

The Chromebook Pro runs Chrome OS, so you've got access to the Google Play Store and all of the Android apps you're already familiar with on your phone and tablet. Samsung's Chromebook Pro is currently available for pre-order on Adorama with a price tag of $499, and considering everything the Chromebook Pro is bringing to the table, that's not a bad price at all. 

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48 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

waste of time and effort.chromebook is useless

5. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I use a Chromebox myself and find it quite useful as an internet machine. Though the file system I'm not fond of.

10. Harambe unregistered

Give me a windows tablet with this good of a screen, a stylus and performance in 400$. Guess what, you can't. Windows is built for a whole different audience than chromebook is. It's better you realize and accept it. If it's not meant for you, that doesn't mean you need to critisize it. For example I hate iOS with all my heart. That does not mean I bash it on every iOS or Apple related article ever posted.

13. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

You said performance. And that 2-in-1 is not about performance. But yes you can get an equivalent price in the windows arena that is more powerful. HP - Pavilion x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i3 - 6GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Natural silver, Ash silver 499 at best buy. Probably cheaper other places. It flips into a tablet and it's not that heavy. There are so many cheap solutions now for windows. Chrome OS is a waste. Maybe Andromeda will be good but sorry not Chrome.

16. Harambe unregistered

More powerful doesn't mean more performance. Windows laptop with HDD will perform like s**t compared to a chromebook.

19. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Slow HD doesn't equal performance either. Never mind the fact that it's twice the weight and thickness, has a sh1tty screen and lacks an S-pen.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7563; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Chromebooks can now run all the Android apps, plus have one of the best browser experiences. For $400 with that really high resolution touchscreen display. This is really worth it. Especially when you don't have to pay for the extra overhead of an OS that most people don't use or will never use.

17. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

So I have a lumia 950XL and it can pretty much do what a chromebook does by connecting to a monitor or lapdock. The biggest limitation right now is the app ecosystem isn't as robust as android. But It makes sense to use your existing CPU on a device you already have instead of buying a new one just for browsing and basic usage.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7563; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This Chromebook can also run hundreds of thousands of web apps as well as it has access to 2.4 million Android apps. So when you say the 950xl can do pretty much what a Chromebook does. That is so far off the mark, especially since the the 950 is running with an ARM processor, and cannot run any existing Windows x86 apps. Sure it can use Microsoft's apps. However there is next to nothing in that area. That is why Microsoft has to still support its existing WP Arm based apps. Or else they would have nothing. Microsoft is suffering from a chicken and egg problem with its app ecosystem. It's kind of funny that Microsoft came out with Universal apps, especially when it mimics Android in a number of key areas. However Microsoft choose a poor name "Universal apps", especially since its universal to only Microsoft platforms. Android is far and away more universal than what Microsoft came up with. It's already on Chromebooks, watches, TVs, tablets, laptops, smartphones, headsets, cars, toys, and so much more.

30. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Yes you are correct but MS's new UWP has only been around a year and windows 10 isn't even finished. It will pick up because it's just a replacement for w32 but more modern and secure. It took w32 24 years to get where it is today. Computing will change and windows 10 was developed to be able to adapt to changes. Earlier version was very specific unfortunately. This thing has been built to be the most modular operating system, more so than linux or anything out there. I used linux for 16 years but windows 10 caught my attention. It's a great OS and has lots of potential to be disruptive. As far as Chrome apps I have never really used anything that the windows equivalent didn't do better for me. So it was never anything I took seriously. Again everyone is different. But all those solutions you mention for android are forks. The OS is designed for those specific solutions and each requires its separate updates. Windows 10 they have 1 OS to update across all devices. The same kernel runs on any hardware. Even Google is going down a similar path with their new OS.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Universal apps, especially when it mimics Android in a number of key areas. However Microsoft choose a poor name "Universal apps", especially since its universal to only Microsoft platforms" Huh? When is Android not Google's platform anymore? FYI, Running on different hardware doesn't change the platform.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Give me a windows tablet with this good of a screen, a stylus and performance in 400$" First off, no, this chromebook pro is not $400, it's $499 according to the article. Second off, you could easily find a used Surface Pro 3 ( https://goo.gl/iu3MRM ) + Pro 4 Pen ( https://goo.gl/3zDcWR ) and Pro 4 Keyboard ( https://goo.gl/T2xh6V ) for that price on eBay, if you care to look, and they'll easily do a whole lot more than this pro-wannabe. Finally, if you're on really tight budget, your could even save more by going for a Pro 3 Pen ( https://goo.gl/VxzpEK ) and Pro 3 Keyboard ( https://goo.gl/6I4LNY ).

28. Harambe unregistered

You can't compare used products with new.

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

If new is a requirement to you, there are still many other options as hemedans pointed out, with quadruple the SSD storage, still cheaper and like any other Windows device, can easily dual booth or emulate Android if you so please. Only reason to get this pro-wannabe is if you're desperate to limit yourself with no gain...

21. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

1. this laptop cost $500 not 400 2. there are plenty of core m3 2 in 1 with 128gb ssd and 4gb of ram -lenovo miix 700 with quad hd display, 4gb ram, 64/128/256gb ssd https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Miix-Laptop-Tablet/dp/B01682JTXW/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1476555359&sr=8-8&keywords=core+m3 -hp spectre x2 with same specshttps://www.amazon.com/HP-Spectre-12-a008nr-Detachable-M3-6Y30DC/dp/B01GFDHK4E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1476555359&sr=8-3&keywords=core+m3

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well said, sadly a lot of people here doesn't realize that people are different. They're like "I don't like this product/OS/brand, it's crap, it's horrible, anyone who buys this is an idiot, blah blah blah"

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's why we have 20 comments heading 20 different directions. One word why they even bother, "fear" fear of their favourite platform would lose relevant. Windows - a platform more than 20 years isn't going any where though I am not a big fan of it current direction which copy of the bad points from Apple and Google. Copying Apple lock down hardware ecosystem and Google serious breach of user privacy. Don't believe me check Surface Pro port extender pricing.https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Dock-Compatible-Book/dp/B0163HP38W Chrome book has its fan base and Google has invest a lot of their resources to make it relevant in the education sector. So down the road more and more users will open up to the idea of using Chrome book. if you don't like it just ignore it. Bad mouthing something you have no personal experience just show your ignorance and your low class upbringing.

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, fear? Only thing I fear is the creator. But hey, if you consider despising inferior and overpriced garbage as "fearing" it, so be it. Regarding windows copying apple and google, I agree in terms of them copying the worst part about google, but apple, not even close. The Surface adapter isn't overpriced compared to what the competition offers, you're just not considering everything it offers. Besides the downer of it being proprietary: - As it's pretty compact, it can double as a second/replacement charger with not just a meh 1 USB charging port (like on the charger that comes in the box) but 4 USB Charge AND Sync ports + multiple other ports, - It supports Mini DisplayPort daisy chaining, - Offers gigabit Ethernet port, - Offers an additional audio in/out jack, and - Simultaneously charges your Surface Pro/Book All of the above is accomplished on one connection attempt, via 1 outlet like a regular charger, and should anyone trip over your cable, your device won't come flying off the desk as it's a magnetic connection. No Type A USB 3.0 hub will offer all of the above, including charging. Can you find a Type C hub with Power Delivery that offers all of the above while costing less? I've seen and used Chromebooks in the $200 range on my technical training campus. They were only used to take online exams, which makes sense as there's 0 need for IT department to keep them updated (that's done automatically, doesn't interrupt their usage, and next to 0 chance of bricking them), so, no wasting time waiting for that dreaded "Windows is updating" when the device is most needed, and loads of savings from less IT services needed. Everything else, done on Windows Tablets/Desktops. Above that price, don't see them offering anything in enterprises nor to consumers above their Windows counterpart. You're merely restricting yourself with 0 gain in that case.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

When some other goon bad mouth about your favourite Microsoft products how would you feel!? So you waste time bad mouthing this and that does that serve you? So when you want to talk s**t about other people productivity tools pause and think does it serve your purposes other than appearing to be an asshole. I use chrome book and like it though i wouldn't recommend it for everyone since it requires a paradigm shift to embrace cloud computing. To those that are happy to do that, more power to you.

36. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Bad mouth all you want, if it's backed by facts/sources instead of merely mindless hating, not gonna deny it. I don't worship no company. Simply gave my POV of the product, you, know, what the comment section is meant for. No time wasted any more than you here, I respond when I see fit. Do whatever the f*dge you with your cash, couldn't give a rat's ass, doesn't change the facts. Any Windows machine can easily dual-booth chrome OS/android if you so please (google it), I see no point wasting cash on this inferior and overpriced garbage merely restricting my options with 0 gain over the competition.

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's your narrow minded opinion. A product category cannot survive without the consumers support behind it. Is that factual enough for you. Since chrome book has survived in their niche market i would leave it as that. You may not realise it that your wording is of the type of verbal abuse. That's make you a bully. No one deserve to be bully by your over bearing opinions that read out like a message from hate group. Love your surface all you want you are free to do that but i would remember you every time i come across a Surface and will be actively bias against it because of you.

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Come on man, you're better than this. So far, you haven't given a factual reason of why this particular chromebook pro isn't overpriced garbage, you're merely turning a blind eye to what the competition offers, which isn't normal with you. If anyone's narrow minded here, it's you in this case. I want great bang for buck devices for consumers, not companies giving us crap at a premium. I wouldn't care a single bit seeing inferior and overpriced garbage come to an end, that'll be a good lesson for companies who dare to sell such. So, frankly, won't bat an eye if this product category became obsolete at this price tag. After all, as pointed out multiple times, Windows 2//3-in-1s with quadruple the storage and faster processors are available at the same price and can easily dual boot Chrome OS/Android if you so please. So, who with half a brain would pay the same price merely to get restricted to a browser?

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There no need to give factual reason for one over the other. They are two different productive tools for different groups of users. Users that has platform preferences, budget and handling needs. Saying one is best for everyone, is like dictating that everyone should have oranges over apple or pear every meal.

40. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It all comes down to preference, no doubt about that. Point is, you're merely paying the same price with 0 gain and loss of performance, storage, versatility, compatibility, connectivity, and flexibility (dual boot to whatever OS I want) in this case...if you prefer paying more for less, go for it, you and your cash.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You assume every one like to flash firmware, unlock Bootloader and tweak their productivity devices. Most people i know just want to type out a report, work on a few spreadsheet. Chrome book is snappy, light and cheap way to do it with no fuss. I am not a chrome book user but i respect their choice just like i respect yours a nice windows tablet.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"You assume every one like to flash firmware, unlock Bootloader and tweak their productivity devices." Lol, none of that is required to type out a report or work on a few spreadsheets on a Windows PC. Windows PCs of the same price as this one will come with more storage and faster processor, and will easily accomplish the same thing and more with no fuss. Only if you care for Chrome OS, that's when you go through the 1-time process of installing it and dual boot to it. If it offered much better specs than the equivalent priced Windows PC (as Tyrion initially tried to paint it as in post #10), I'd understand it as being another option for different consumer as he stated, but in this case, nope, it's merely overpriced with 0 gain compared to the competition.

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Disagree! Chrome book offer a snappy consistent performance that is lighter, at a lower price compare to windows 10 devices both new or used. Chrome book is here and its provide a viable choice for many, deal with it.

44. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Chrome book offer a snappy consistent performance that is lighter, at a lower price compare to windows 10 devices both new or used." Lol, now you're merely turning a blind eye to evidence in front of you. This chromebook clearly doesn't fit that category of "lower price compare to windows 10 deices", it's overpriced compared to what's on the market ( https://goo.gl/EI89x2 ), deal with it.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This is not your average chrome book, its has higher spec and an s pen. An apple to apple comparison would always favor chrome book in term of price. Only MS fanboy would twist this fact to MS advantage and the joke is that you claim to favor no company, not a fanboy. Yes! you are a MS fanboy whether you care to admit it or not. There are greater problem in life and yet all you care about is which device i should be using. Its stupid behavior of fanboy that trick people off. Maybe i would just buy another chrome book just to prove my point. Stupid MS fanboy.

46. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, at "higher spec", you're clearly being an ignoramus google fantard. You turn a blind eye to evidence in front of you and just keep making asinine claims regardless of the evidence? Good old irony...oh well, sad that I expected more from you. As for caring of what you buy, again, couldn't give rat's ass what you spend your cash on. Go get separated from your cash like the fool you are. Doesn't change the facts and evidence.

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