A Chromebook line for Ron Burgandy types who own many leather bound books
The rumor mill was buzzing this week with word of a new Chromebook line from Samsung, and though some of the details were a bit off -- there's no Intel processor inside -- Samsung did release a couple of Chromebook 2 models today, including an 11.6-inch SKU and a 13.3-inch build. Both laptops sport a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, though they run at different clockspeeds.
The 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 runs at 1.9GHz and features an HD LED display with a 1366x768 resolution. It also has 4GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, 16GB of onboard storage, 720p webcam, HDMI output, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports (one each), microSD card slot, multi-memory card reader, headphone out/mic-in combo port, and up to 8 hours of run time.
Samsung's spec sheet for the 13.3-inch Chromebook is mostly similar, except that it runs at 2.1GHz, has a Full HD 1080p LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution, and can last up to 8.5 hours on a single charge.
"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 easy-to-grip design," said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.
The "easy-to-grip" design Pike refers to is the fake leather jacket that's stitched around the lid. It's the same material Samsung uses on its Galaxy Note 3.
Both the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 models will be available in April for $320 and $400, respectively.