Samsung announces new Chromebook lineup

Samsung has confirmed the long-awaited expansion of its ARM-powered Chromebook lineup.

Scheduled to launch in April, the new Chromebooks will be available in two primary configurations: a $320 Chromebook 2 with an 11.6-inch display and a $400 iteration with a 13.3-inch screen. 

Both models are load with octa-core processors paired with 4GB of RAM. Specifically, the 13.3 inch Samsung Chromebook 2 boasts a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 2.1 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, 16GB of flash storage and supports up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

Additional specs include a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, a 720p webcam, 250nit display and stereo 2W speakers.

Samsung’s 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 is equipped with similar features, although it is loaded with a 1366 x 768 pixel display a 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor and supports up to 8 hours of battery life.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, Samsung says the new models are designed with education in mind, so they will likely be targeted at students and teachers. 

“The larger model is the first Chrome laptop since the $1299 Google Chromebook Pixel to ship with a full HD (or higher resolution) display,” Linder explained.


Both models are among the few Chromebooks to feature 4GB of RAM. Those features should help set them apart from cheaper Chromebooks from Acer and Toshiba.”