Samsung launched two new Chromebooks today that feature eight-core processors and faux-leather stitching.
After giving the segment a wide berth since 2011, Samsung has launched two new Chromebooks. The design of the Chromebook 2 is reminiscent of an Ultrabook, but Samsung has ensured that there are a few signature touches of its own. For instance, the back cover of the Chromebook 2 now features a faux-leather stitching that is similar to the one on the Galaxy Note 3. It is clear that Samsung is fond of the faux leather back design, as it has brought this to a lot of other models.
The Chromebook 2 comes in two variants: a 11.6-inch version that comes with a 1366 x 768 screen resolution and a13.3-inch version that comes with a full-HD screen. Both models feature Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa series CPUs, but the one featured in the 11.6-inch version is clocked at 1.9 GHz while the one featured in the 13.6-inch variants is clocked at 2.1 GHz. The 13.3-inch version is also heavier by half a pound and comes with more battery life.
The rest of the hardware details are the same on both models. You get 4 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac, one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, one HDMI along with eight hours (eight and a half hours on 13.3-inch model) of battery life. There is also a 720p HD camera at the front, and it is likely that both models will come with 100 GB Google Drive storage for two years, as has been standard for all Chromebooks until now. The 11.6-inch Chromebook will be available starting next month for $319, while the 13.3-inch model will cost $399.
With the Chromebook 2, Samsung is seeking to gain more market share for its Exynos hardware and establish a foothold in the Chromebook segment. Of late, devices running Chrome OS have started to get a lot of mainstream consumer attention thanks to their relative ease of use combined with affordability. As more and more services go online, the idea of a Chromebook has gotten more alluring.
The benefits offered by a Chromebook when seen against a traditional notebook are many: All the content is sandboxed, so it is hard to get a virus or malware infection on the device. Also, there is no need to download additional software to enable additional functionality, or is there any need to update system software, as all of it is done automatically. However, there are a few downsides to a machine that always needs an Internet connection. In a situation where you’re offline, there isn’t much you can do on a Chromebook. You can still write and save documents offline, but that’s about it.