Samsung Chromebook 2 now available for preorder

Announced a month ago, the new Samsung Chromebook 2 portables are now available for pre-order from Amazon and Samsung. The upcoming Chromebook 2 is projected to ship on April 28th (that's three weeks from now) in two models: 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. The smaller one retails for $319.99, while the larger Chromebook 2 is priced at $399.99. Both are powered by Samsung's Exynos 5 octa-core ARM processors, have 4GB of RAM, 16GB for storage, and a projected 8+ hour battery life. And, being Chromebooks, they run Chrome OS

If you're so interested, here are some preorder links from Amazon for the 11.6" Samsung Chromebook 2 and the 13.3" Samsung Chromebook 2.

 
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LeroyRJR says:

Hope to see a review on them shortly after release, before I decide on a purchase
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Warrenisit says:

Same here. Would really love a Chromebook but am waiting for the infancy stage of them to be over. This one might do the trick.

freeoscar says:

Yep. Too much uncertainty around how the exynos performance and battery life. Also will want to see it in person next to the Toshiba 13" to see how much of an improvement the higher resolution screen has for the actual ways I'll be using it

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I love my Chromebook, and would love a 13" version but $400 seems a little too steep for what you're getting.

eahinrichsen says:

Agreed. I might pay $350, but doubtful any more than that.

Although the 1080p screen is enticing.

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AzD says:

Agree wholeheartedly.

I believe the Toshiba Chromebook is the best bang for your buck. It isn't the cheapest of the Chromebooks, but definitely isn't the most expensive. It has a 13 inch display and I just love using mine. It's lightweight and the speakers sound great.

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jd914 says:

$399 for that basically amounts to a web browser housed in a laptop case? No thanks.

Zig261 says:

You are not the target audience of this computer. This is for lightweight users.

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hfm says:

There's so many people right now that pay twice this to essentially just use a web browser 99.9% of the time. For something that's this thin, light, and inexpensive with killer battery life it's a great option.

Coop1979 says:

I spent $1,000 on my Chromebook Pixel and use it for all of my work on a daily basis. It's been worth every penny to me. OTOH, $400 for a Exynos processor? I think I'd give up the screen and get the Toshiba 13". Or find a Pixel for about $7-800.

robzon says:

I'm a pretty heavy user (I own/run a company of over 20 IT specialists) and I've been using Pixel exclusively for almost a year now. Still love it!

savdini says:

That's exactly the case! People would pay 1200 for a Mac "because it doesn't get viruses" than pay 600 for a PC plus 2 years of Antivirus for 60 bucks. Now, there's an option that's 200-400 for really nice looking machines, that don't get viruses and have excellent cloud services for free.. But they'll be on the fence about it because, well I really don't know. Stupidity I assume.

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savdini says:

What else are you doing on your computer besides browsing the web? If you need it for work, you should be using your work computer, not your personal

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I really like Chrome OS interface. But the lack of software, compared to Linux and it won't even come close is really put me off. With this price range, I would buy a normal laptop instead.

brendilon says:

That's because you're not the target user base.

bleached says:

You can run another distro on these quite easily, so I hear. I personally have no use for a laptop. A gaming rig and Nexus 7 meets all my needs with no problem. I do love the HP 14" Chromebook though. The colors and soft touch are really nice.

rchapman80 says:

I want the 11 inch one but definitely not at that price. I don't mind a premium but the Acer is only 199 and reviews are good. Wish this was around that 199 price.

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benthe1 says:

Then buy the Acer... Lol

eahinrichsen says:

Get the Acer. I have one and I'm more than happy with it.

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Sir Alex says:

Does NBC Sports Live Extra run on your Acer? I am thinking about getting one. Thank you.

@Rchapman80 I have an acer model that I picked up on Groupon for $130. It's an excellent computer for what I need it for (research and writing). But I have to say that the 11 inch form factor is not as ideal as I thought it would be. The text is too smallish and I start to get headaches after extended use.

Granted, this won't be a problem for everyone, but it's something to consider.

bergeronjc says:

Why so expensive now? What happened to $250?
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Better components, better screen. I get the increase, but over $350, and you might as well get a budget laptop.

hmmm says:

I like that 13 inch model. If it was $50 less and had a metal cover I would really like it. I don't like that fake leather stuff. The original model was so nice to look at.

slackerjack says:

Nope...still no reason to give up my pixel :)

zackmack7 says:

Really considering buying one. I want a Windows 8 ultra book but I'm not trying to pay $1000 for a decent one. This would be my next choice. But I don't like not having an Ethernet port (just in case where ever I am the wifi sucks) nor do I think I am ready to completely abandon the Microsoft Office Suite.

brendilon says:

If you're a power user (especially Excel) I totally agree. If you're not doing advanced formatting in Word or Excel, then Docs/Drive has really made a lot of strides lately. Might be worth giving it a try.

zackmack7 says:

Definitely want to! I'm an IT major so I need programs like Dr.Java, Visual Studio, etc. Excel I kind of need for my accounting classes. I can get by with Docs, though the word processor is missing some features. I'd love to try out a Chromebook for like month to see

dems86 says:

Pre-ordered the 13-inch from Amazon, Full-HD display and 4GB of RAM (which makes a pretty big difference using Chrome compared to 2GB from everything I've read and other users) and the fact I don't already have a Chromebook so don't mind the slightly higher buy in for this particular model. Also don't have any plans to dual-boot Linux, so ARM doesn't make a difference to me when it comes to drivers/apps that don't support the architecture.

Will still be waiting to see some benchmarks of the Exynos-5 in this, but assuming they aren't just a rediculous letdown I will definitely be welcoming this with open arms.

I ordered the 13.3 version from samsung.com, they offer free shipping and a free case with it. I plan to run a dual boot of Linux and chrome! Cheapest laptop with a 1080 display is going to cost you about 1k.