Samsung’s ARM-toting Chromebook 2 comes in two sizes, due in April

Samsung logoSamsung launched its last Chromebook back in late 2012, and today the company is finally coming back with a follow-up. The new Samsung Chromebook 2 comes in both 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch flavors, and they'll cost you $319.99 and $399.99 (respectively) when they launch in April.

Samsung Chromebook 2

The 11-inch model is 0.66 inches thick and weighs 2.43 pounds, while the 13-inch model is 0.65 inches thick and weighs 3.09 pounds—both are reasonably thin and light, if not record-setting. The lids on both models pick up the faux-leather stitching found on the back of Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which may be off-putting depending on your taste. The soft-touch plastic the Note 3 uses is pleasant to touch, but it can look a bit chintzy since these electronics are neither made of leather nor held together by stitches.

Samsung Chromebook 2

Like the last Samsung Chromebook and the HP Chromebook 11, both Chromebook 2s use one of Samsung's ARM chips instead of the Intel Celeron that shows up in many other Chromebooks. The performance of the dual-core ARM CPU in the older Chromebooks is a little underwhelming these days, but these new Samsung Chromebooks should be an improvement. Both include one of Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chips (1.9GHz in the 11-inch model, 2.1GHz in the 13-inch), and the extra clock speed and cores and the more powerful GPUs should help provide smoother performance. We don't yet know exactly which Exynos 5 Octa chip the laptops use or whether it can use all eight of its CPU cores simultaneously.

Each laptop includes 4GB of DDR3L RAM and 16GB of solid state storage, and each includes one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, a full-size HDMI port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi round out the wireless interfaces. The 11-inch model is rated for eight hours of battery life, while the 13-inch model will get you eight-and-a-half hours.

Finally, we come to the screens: the 11-inch model uses the same 1366×768 panel as most Chromebooks its size, but the 13-inch model steps up to a 1080p display. Depending on the quality of the screen, this may be a good option for those who want a higher-resolution Chromebook but don't want to step up to the expensive-and-aging Chromebook Pixel. We'll be giving the laptops the full review treatment in the coming days.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Chrome OS, notebooks, Samsung

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