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Samsung unveils Chromebook 2 series with stitched plastic finish

by Mark Tyson on 4 March 2014, 11:00

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), Chrome OS, PC

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Pictures of the new Samsung Chromebook 2 series leaked all over the internet yesterday. This new Chromebook range does offer quite distinctive looks, based on the 'leather stitching' style finish introduced with the Galaxy Note 3, so I'm sure some of those pictorials were pretty popular. However, today Samsung has officially released details of its 11.6- and 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 Series, including full specifications.

"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," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "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."

Samsung says its new Chromebooks offer "faster performance, longer battery life and a slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and elegant stitched design". The faster performance is thanks to the new Exynos 5 Octa processors equipped; running at 1.9GHz in the 11.6-incher and 2.1GHz in the 13.3-inch model. Also thanks to energy efficiencies the battery life is now over 8 hours, enough for most people's working day. Samsung also points to the start-up and wake times for its new Chromebooks saying that they can cold boot in less than 10 seconds and wake from sleep in less than one second. Both new Chromebooks use a 16GB e.MMC iNAND Embedded Flash Drive and are equipped with 4GB of DDR3L system memory at 1600MHz.

There are a number of differences in the 11.6 and 13.3-inch models (check through the table below) but the most obvious is in the screen size and resolution. The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 features a Full HD (1920×1080) display with 250nit brightness. The 11.6-inch version employs an HD LED Display (1366 x 768).

Key Specifications

Category

Details

11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2

13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2

Display

Size

11.6”

13.3”

Resolution

HD LED Display (1366 x 768)

Full HD LED Display (1920 x 1080)

Performance

OS

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Processor

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (2.1GHz, 2MB L2 Cache

Memory2

4GB DDR3L System Memory at 1600MHz (onboard)

4GB DDR3L System Memory at 1600MHz (onboard)

Storage3

16GB e.MMC iNAND™ Embedded Flash Drive

16GB e.MMC iNAND™ Embedded Flash Drive

Camera

720p HD Web Camera

720p HD Web Camera

Battery Life

Battery Life4

Up to 8 hours

Up to 8.5 hours

Dimensions

Dimensions

11.40" x 8.06" x 0.66" (1.68cm thick)

12.72" x 8.80" x 0.65" (1.65cm thick)

Weight

2.43 pounds (1.1Kg)

3.09 pounds (1.4Kg)

Color

Jet Black, Classic White

Luminous Titan Gray

Ports

Ports

1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, Headphone out/Mic-in Combo, DC-in

1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, Headphone out/Mic-in Combo, DC-in

Availability

MSRP

$319.99

$399.99

Availability Date

April 2014

April 2014

 

Software, said to be valued at over $100, is bundled with these Chromebooks including; Air Droid Premium, task management and collaboration app Wunderlist Pro, and LittleBridge.com, an English learning app. Interestingly Samsung spends a lot of its press release pitching these devices at educators and schools – working this niche must be effective for Google's ChromeOS. If you are interested in purchasing, Samsung says that the new Chromebook 2 range will be available from April priced at $319.99 and $399.99 for the 11.6 and 13.3-inch versions respectively.



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1080p screen, eight-core CPU (yeah, 4 ARM A15s and 4 ARM A7s rather than Haswell) and nearly 9 hour battery life for $399 - that's not too bad really. How much DropBox/Box.com/Google Drive storage does it come with?
Damn. If only it wasn't a chromebook :/
Chadders87
Damn. If only it wasn't a chromebook :/

If you're thinking linux, that will probably work too or at least it has on all the previous chromebooks. I must admit I'm very tempted to pick the 13.3" one up for that purpose
CampGareth
If you're thinking linux, that will probably work too or at least it has on all the previous chromebooks. I must admit I'm very tempted to pick the 13.3" one up for that purpose

Same here, I wasn't convinced with Chromebooks until I tried one using ChromeOS, whacking a decent linux distro on there at 1080p would be magnificent for the money.

These haven't been confirmed for the UK though - as far as I can tell.
Still not convinced, will prefer a net book or tablet over chrome anytime.