Next month we’ll get to see the second generation of notebooks running Chrome OS made by Samsung, which is not only faster, but also better looking.
Since Samsung and Acer launched the first Chromebooks three years ago, Google’s line of products running Chrome OS expanded to include all-in-one Chromebase desktop computers, as well as business videoconferencing Chromeboxes. The search giant figured that the mobile devices could use a reboot, as well, so it gave Samsung the green light to manufacture a new iteration of the Chromebook.
Mike Abary, senior VP of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, stated that “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.”
Tod Pike, senior VP at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division, explained the main focus of the new Chrome OS laptops made by the South Korean tech company: “Chromebooks are particularly important in the education space – according to Futuresource, one in four devices now sold into K-12 schools in the U.S. are Chromebooks – so we’ve designed our latest models with students and teachers in mind, including features like rapid start times, longer battery life and an easy-to-grip design.”
Samsung Chromebook 2 will be available in two sizes, 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch, costing $319.99 and $399.99, respectively. In terms of improvements, the new Chromebook comes with a faster Samsung Exynos 5 Octa CPU which should provide an overall better experience than the previous generation, a better battery capable of keeping the notebook alive for up to 8.5 hours, and a 720p or 1080p display, depending on the diagonal.
As far as the exterior design goes, Samsung Chromebook 2 will feature a cover that resembles stitched leather, something the South Korean manufacturer got from the Note 3 phablets. Overall, the updated specs and the new looks are worth the price, but it remains to be seen how the new Chromebook stacks against the previous generation in terms of performance.
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