Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Series Laptops with Leather-Like Jackets

Paul Lilly

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.

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