Samsung has revealed their new line of Chromebooks, logically released in a joint venture with Google. Alanna Cotton, VP at Samsung Electronics America, formally addressed them yesterday at CES in Las Vegas.
Samsung’s Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro will be starring at the Korean giant’s booth from today until January 8. Their online store has already listed the Plus model at $450, which will release in February.
The Pro model, a high-end variant, will come later this Spring, Samsung says.
Moreover, so far they have not disclosed an official price for this one.
Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro specs
The company focused the models’ design on productivity and a friendly user interface. They come with the typical Chromebook features such as built-in antivirus and automatic software updating.
Both PCs sport a total of 4GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB of storage with an 8-hour battery life. The Plus model will pack an ARM Hexa-core OP1 processor that goes at 2GHz. They run on AirDroid Premium software.
The Pro model will come with the 2.20GHz Intel Core m3 6Y30 processor and an Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU, while the Plus sports a Samsung generic card.
Gorilla Glass 3 protects the 2-in-1 Chromebooks
The new Samsung Chromebooks: "Thin and light, feature a quality HD screen and easily convert from a notebook to tablet."#SAMSUNGxCES2017
— Samsung USA (@SamsungUS) January 4, 2017
Both Chromebooks will come in only one color (so far), Platinum Silver and in a 12.3-inch LED display with 2400 x 1600 resolution, entirely crafted out of Gorilla Glass 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
The Touch Screen rotates backward to become a premium Android tablet, which makes it an excellent 2-in-1 contender. It is also small but perfect for serious work, measuring 11in x 9in x 0.51in.
The PC’s come with a 720HD camera and a personal Samsung pen as a peripheral. They hold two USB-C ports with an optional 4K capability and a MicroSD reader and weighs only a kilogram, approximately two and a half pounds.
Samsung enters 2017 looking for redemption
The 78-year-old company, one of the oldest conglomerates in the world, has made quite a few discouraging headlines over the past year. 2017 might be a year of much-needed redemption, but they will need to do more than just put out new products.
Their TV sets still make quite the impression with bigger and wider QLED models as their frontrunners at CES. However, Samsung is also delving deeper into IoT, looking to offer users a “unified experience.” If done well, the legacy of Lee Byung-Chul is set to go on for a few more decades.