Chromebook laptops are known for running Google’s Chrome OS and for being competitively priced. The Chromebook range now looks set to get a brand new and much more ambitious model made by Samsung, all for under $500, according to leaks published on the specialist website SamMobile.
A Chromebook is a laptop computer that runs Google’s Chrome operating system. The first models went on sale in June 2011 and, since then, manufacturers including Acer, Asus, HP and Toshiba have put out their own Chromebook devices. In fact, this upcoming model won’t be Samsung’s first Chromebook, although the new model promises to move things up a gear.
Samsung’s “Chromebook Pro” appears to be a hybrid laptop running Chrome OS and rocking a 12.3-inch touch screen (2,400 x 1,600 pixels) that swivels 360 degrees – a first for a Chromebook. This means it can be used like a laptop or like a tablet, thanks to the touch screen and accompanying stylus. A hybrid seems like a logical next step for the Chromebook since it’s now possible to run Android applications on the devices (with Chrome OS version 53 or later).
The Chromebook Pro is equipped with a 2GHz hexa-core processor (two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores), 32GB onboard storage, and 4GB RAM. It can run Android apps, now that Google has introduced the Play Store on Chrome OS. Moreover, the laptop looks like it’s made out of aluminum, and there’s an inbuilt slot to store the PEN. It is 13.9mm thin and weighs just 1.08kg. The chiclet-style keyboard on the laptop has curved keycaps.
Samsung is claiming on its website that the Chromebook Pro can last up to 10 hours on a full charge. It comes with two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, and an SD card slot. Samsung is also offering ad-free, one-year subscription of AirDroid app. The laptop is currently listed on Adorama, and it can be preordered for $499. Samsung could announce the Chromebook Pro in a few days.