Samsung Chromebook 2

After being leaked over the weekend, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is now official. The latest addition to the line-up of Chrome OS-powered portables comes in 11.6- and 13.3-inch screen sizes, with prices starting at $320 and $400, respectively. Both are expected to start shipping next month.

Both sizes are powered by Samsung's Exnos 5 Octa processor, similar to the one you'll find in some versions of the Galaxy S5. The 13-incher has a full HD 1920x1080 display, both have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and both are expected to get about eight hours of battery life.

Apart from the basics of Chrome OS, Samsung's also including a year of AirDroid so you can easily access and manage your Android device through the Chromebook. That seems like something that should be built in to Chrome OS, but it's not.

So what do you think — are these new Chromebooks at this price right for you?

Press release:

Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Series Featuring Faster Performance, Increased Productivity and Stylish Design

Leading Provider of Chromebooks in Education Introduces New Models to Further One-to-One Learning in K-12 Schools and Enhance Mobility and Productivity for Consumers

AUSTIN, Texas – MARCH 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the launch of the Chromebook 2 Series. The new models, available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch configurations, improve on the popular Samsung Chromebook line with faster performance, longer battery life and a slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and elegant stitched design. The 13.3-inch model also features a Full HD (1920×1080) resolution screen, enabling users to enjoy vibrant visuals for work, teaching and learning, and entertainment. Samsung was the leading Chromebook brand in the U.S. in 2013, accounting for more than 60 percent of overall market share, according to NPD.1

“Since we introduced our first Chromebook in 2011, Samsung has been committed to continually developing our designs and features to meet our users’ ever-changing needs, while staying true to the core Chromebook attributes of simplicity, speed and security,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung has been the top selling consumer Chromebook brand for the past three years and we’ll continue to grow our leadership position in this space with the launch of the Chromebook 2 Series.”

“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 an easy-to-grip design,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.

Lightning fast performance

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series offers users nearly instant access to everything they need. It wakes up in less than one second and cold boots in less than ten. Samsung’s energy-efficient Exynos 5 Octa processors allow for effortless multitasking and rapid rendering of graphics and videos, so multimedia content never misses a beat.

Powerful productivity paired with rich multimedia

The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 features a best-in-class, Full HD (1920×1080) display with 250nit brightness, perfect for viewing photos, video and more. It is also optimized for Google+ Hangouts messaging and video calling with enhanced audio quality on high-power speakers (2Wx2) and a noise reducing array microphone, helping conversations come alive on the high-resolution screen.

Up to 8.5 hours of battery life means that users can enjoy the Chromebook 2 models throughout a full work or school day – all on a single charge.

Chromebooks update automatically, ensuring users always have the most recent technology and security features without needing to think about it. Also, when you use a Chromebook, all your information and files are saved, encrypted to your account. This makes it easy and safe for family members or students to share a device, or switch between devices.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series comes with a package of premium apps worth more than $100. It includes smartphone access and data management service Air Droid Premium, task management and collaboration app Wunderlist Pro, and LittleBridge.com, an English learning app.

Sleek, elegant design

While priced affordably, the new Samsung Chromebook 2 models are as stylish as other expensive, high- end laptops. The slim body measures less than three-quarters of an inch thick, making it easy to slip into any bag. At just under 2.5 pounds for the 11.6-inch model, it is also easy to carry anywhere. The lid features the stylish stitched design of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3, adding to the sophisticated look.

Ready for the classroom

In 2013, Chromebooks were among the most popular mobile computing devices utilized in K-12 schools. As the leading provider of Chromebooks in education, Samsung is helping to foster this growth by increasing options for educators with the Chromebook 2 models. With its extensive battery life, bright display and student-friendly design, the Chromebook 2 helps teachers engage students and deliver new learning experiences.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series is ideal for educators and administrators seeking to adopt one-to- one learning programs. Using the web-based console – available with support from Google for $30 per device for schools – Samsung Chromebooks can be centrally managed, making it easy for educators to configure a set of laptops across the classroom or the entire school. Samsung Chromebook 2 is a classroom-ready and cost-effective solution to support dynamic teaching and learning.

Available from April, the 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 will be available for an MSRP of $319.99, while the 13.3-inch model is $399.99.

Key Specifications

Details 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2
Display Size 11.6” 13.3”
Resolution HD LED Display (1366 x 768) Full HD LED Display (1920 x 1080)
OS Google Chrome Google Chrome
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz, 2MB L2 Cache) Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (2.1GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)
Memory 4GB DDR3L System Memory at 1600MHz (onboard) 4GB DDR3L System Memory at 1600MHz (onboard)
Storage 16GB e.MMC iNANDTM Embedded Flash Drive 16GB e.MMC iNANDTM Embedded Flash Drive
Camera 720p HD Web Camera 720p HD Web Camera
Battery Life Up to 8 hours Up to 8.5 hours
Dimensions 11.40″ x 8.06″ x 0.66″ 12.72″ x 8.80″ x 0.65″
Weight 2.43 pounds 3.09 pounds
Color Jet Black, Classic White Luminous Titan Gray
Ports 1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, Headphone out/Mic-in Combo, DC- in 1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, Headphone out/Mic-in Combo, DC- in
MSRP $319.99 $399.99
Availability Date April 2014 April 2014

*All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

 

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Samsung's Chromebook 2 made official: stitched leather and ARM processors

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I bought my first Samsung chromebook 6 months ago and as a student it's perfect. But I think that the 13" one is really what I've been waiting for.

I have the Toshiba 13 inch and I agree, it's the sweet spot. But sticking with the ARM - not sure on that one.

Toshiba's 13 inch Haswell at $279 vs the ARM at $399 - that has to be one hell of a screen to get me to pay 1/3 more.

I'm assuming that the higher price is because of the higher screen resolution. Though I do hope AC does a comparison between Haswell and the new Exynos octa for the chromebooks because current Exynos chip on the Samsung Chromebook is lacking when using more than a couple of tabs at once.

Does the current Samsung one have 4 GB of RAM though. I found the chromebooks with higher RAM to perform better.

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Isn't haswell the x86 processor? I have no idea but I always though haswell processors were what people who wanted the full windows 8 used.

I see your point.

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HP has a 13 or 14 inch model with the Haswell processor. I'd really like to see a comparison. I'm pretty sure the HP model is the exact same price point too.

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I really like the soft touch used on the HP 14. It is hard to justify buying one though. The Nexus 7 does everything it can and more. I don't type much.

The 14 inch hp with 4gigs of ram and 32 gigs of storage the same price. The screen is terrible though.

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The 14" with 16GB of HDD, 4G and 4GB of RAM is $50 less. I didn't mind the screen at all, but yeah, the 1080p is going to be great!

Awesome! I still think full sized PCs and mobiles work best, but I do see the benefits of a Chromebook.

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no haswell, and about $100 more than i wanted to spend. the 4GB RAM just isn't something i need as a mild chromebook user. i was really Holding out for this one, but at that prices, I'll gladly pay half that for the Acer C720

You're also paying for much better display than the C720 has. I have a C720 and I like it, but I would not think that someone was crazy for paying a premium for a higher-res screen.

This is awesome! Finally, a Chromebook with a higher-res display that DOESN'T cost as much as the Pixel!

But, as excited as I am for more Chromebook options, I think my next laptop may be a MacBook Pro with Retina display. For traveling, I think that may be the better option for me.

It is great to see better Chromebooks, though. This is probably the first laptop with a 1080p screen for under 700 dollars. It's definitely worth their asking price.

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Is this really the only laptop with 1080p screen for under $700?If so, then agreed it's worth the price.

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Pretty much. The Sony VAIO Fit can be bought for $629.99 for the 1080p model, and that is the cheapest one I have found.

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Why doesn't Samsung add a personal touch to Chrome OS? Like Touch wiz for Chromebook. I know Google and Samsung have some agreement now, but it would so cool if this new Samsung Chromebook had SOME level of interconnectivity with Galaxy devices unique to it. :P

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+1 In a case like this, I'd actually welcome TouchWiz, especially if it meant more offline functionality and interconnectivity with mobile devices.

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How about NFC so you can "beam" pics you take with your Galaxy to your Chromebook?

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That would be neat. I put an app on my phone that automatically backs up my phone's camera roll to Google Drive, and access the pictures that way.

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But if Google and Samsung are sleeping together now, then that shouldn't be an issue...

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Chrome is pretty much Google's flagship software product. I doubt they want anyone messing with what is a very popular and well-recognized brand right now.

Definitely! They could certainly make Chrome web apps and extensions to their hearts' content. But I don't think they'd be able to make those apps and extensions exclusive to Samsung Chromebooks, and we all know how Samsung feels about interoperability.

One of the advantages of Chrome is that the Os is a always updated directly from Google. It's the same for all of them. If oems want to include custom applications that's one thing, but don't tinker with the os.

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Is it just me, or does it seem like those are really expensive considering it's still an arm processor without a touch screen?

Edit: Maybe they'll keep the original one, and even drop the price a little? That would make sense to me. Just to keep an excellent entry level option.

I'm on the opposite side of that. I figure if the screen isn't convertible or detachable, why bother giving it a touchscreen at all? I've had a C720p with a touchscreen fora month or so, and I never, ever use the touchscreen. It's awkward and requires more physical motion than the trackpad.

For that price I'll get a laptop. I liked chromebooks for the cheap price point. Considering the limited uses for them ig find that to be a bit steep. Maybe if it had a gorgeous display and touchscreen the price would be warranted.

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No Intel, no sale. Also their prices have become to high.

Looking at Asus next, otherwise I'm eyeing the 13" Toshiba.

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This 1000000x. This old EEE PC sitting on the shelf behind me with an Atom N280, Win XP, 2 GB RAM and a 160GB HDD is still arguably more useful than one of these Chromebook for getting REAL work done. I also don't like how hard Samsung is trying to dump fullsize SD card slots in favor of microSD.

To each their own, I suppose. Even if money were no object, i would stick with ChromeOS. I spent the better part of yesterday removing malware from my brother's win7 laptop. And my wife's computer with win8 is riddled with problems. Each of those computers cost over $800, and neither one performs as well as my $250 chromebook for the things I actually do.

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Drop the price on both by $100 and then I'd be interested. Wonder if the 1st gen. Samsung Chromebook will get a price break now.

The first Samsung Chromebook felt like such a great deal at $250, but a $70 increase for better specs seems fair.

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Seems pretty expensive. I LOVE my Acer c720. It's speedy and smooth.. And I got it factory refurb for $160. I like it more than my i5 laptop. The touch pad it nice as well.

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Sorry, but I really don't think Chromebooks can currently compete with PCs. Chromebooks are sort of a mess between tablets and ultrabooks. If you guys think I'm a fanboy who loves Windows and think Chromebooks suck because of it, you should see that one of your editors even says Windows is much superior...

Of course Windows is superior. But for $400, you can't get a Windows laptop that runs well. They are all underpowered pieces of junk with terrible battery life. For the money, I'd rather have a Chromebook that does what it does well than an equivalently priced Windows notebook that has a lot more features, but executes them poorly.

The problem is that at this price point, there's no such thing as a laptop that is a satisfactory all-purpose computer. If you want a notebook for $400 or less, you have to pick your poison.

Get one with an AMD APU and it'll do well. Not going to have the battery life, but it can do a whole lot more.

I saw several 15.6" Windows 8.1 AMD E-Series machines at Wal-Mart last night for $299 (HP) and $328 (Toshiba). Bulky, yes, and slow, yes, but still an infinitely better choice for the average person. Once Chromebooks surpass $250-$300, their appeal takes a nosedive.

I'll take the bait. The average person does what on a computer? Check emails and Facebook, browse the web, watch Netflix, and other similar activities. That's how I define average usage. In this case, a Chromebook that runs smoothly is a much better bet than a Windows Notebook that is bulky and slow. Plus, with a Chromebook you don't have to worry about updates and antivirus as that all happens behind the scenes. If someone has $400 or less to buy a computer, Chromebooks would be an excellent choice over a cheap, underpowered, Windows machine.

Agreed. Almost everything that the average user does with a PC is done (or doable) within the browser. I've been trying to sell my mom on a relatively high-end Chromebook to replace her ten-year-old WinXP desktop.

Honestly, ChromeOS is capable of doing almost everything I need for my job, too. Except that FDA and HIPAA regulations wouldn't like me using Google's cloud to store a lot of patient documents. My job is basically white collar middle-management, though, so my computing needs are nowhere near as significant as a lot of the other people on this site.

I kind of wish we had a set definition for "average." My view is totally different than most peoples' I think. I guess I'd rather at least have the option to do some real work, but that's just me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Then you are correct. If you're building houses or doing fluid dynamics then you'll need more than a chromebook. But if you already have another computer then remote desktop works really well. And if you really want to do cad then you'll probably be looking at at least 600 dollars for a decent laptop.

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I've helped a lot of my friends choose notebooks and desktops over the past few years and they all end up spending more money than they need to because they don't believe me when I tell them that they won't use it for anything more than browsing, facebook, netflix, paying bills, etc. and that is all any of them end up doing with them.

Yep. My son has a surface2 and is amazing. MS Office, USB ports touch screen, etc. I use it more then my iPad at seminars. Love it.

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In what way are they an infinitely better choice for the average person? My uses are completely average and the chromebook is a much better choice for me. And I've had both.

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I just took my first week long business trip with my Chromebook instead of my Win8 laptop - I didn't miss it one bit. Nor did I miss having to plug in on any of my long flights.

Even the one time I had to use Remote Desktop to edit a table in Word was painless. There were a number of options for offline work, saving both email and documents to the SSD, though I never had to use them as internet was pretty ubiquitous in my travels

I'm not saying it's superior, but the gap isn't as wide as folks think.

Do haswell processor notebooks have cooling fans in them? One of the things I like most about my current arm chromebook is the lack of fan, so that it makes no noise whatsoever.

Wow, I didn't know airdroid was that popular. I use it all of the time with my Acer Chromebook when I'm in a class with a phone Nazi professor. I wouldn't mind a year of the full service.

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meh processor, 100 dollars more, 1 less USB3.0 slot - negatives
1080p screen, more ram - positives

I still rock my toshiba 13 inch, I don;t like the samsung look, personal choice really.

Meh processor? Seriously?
It's a 2.1GHz quad-core Cortex A15, it'll run rings around the Celeron Haswell chips found in Intel Chromebooks.

I'd like to see a real world comparison of the octa exynos processor vs x86 haswell. My Chromebook is very snappy abs doubt it will be a dramatic difference.

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Why? ARM is an instruction set, there's nothing about that instruction set which gives x86 an automatic advantage.

Also, Haswell doesn't immediately = best in class, Celeron is Haswell neutered, no frills, just a relatively inefficient, cheap chip.

Cortex A15 at 2.1GHz will get Sunspider scores sub 400ms, very similar to a Celeron Haswell which consumes far more power, costs more, requires fan cooling and a large battery.

Perfect! Exactly what I've been waiting for

Exynos 5423 2.1GHz, no fan, no x86 = awesome
4GB RAM = awesome
13" 1920x1080 display = awesome
8+ hours runtime = awesome
Faux leather = hideous... but I'll let them off this time :-)

Can't wait to get my hands on a 13" Chromebook 2

It's not just you, lol.

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I just ordered the Toshiba Chromebook this weekend. Am I upset I didn't wait for the new Samsung Chromebook? Not really. Although the Toshiba Chromebook doesn't have a 1080p display and 4gigs of ram, it's still as good. Plus it's way cheaper than the $400 Samsung Chromebook.

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I think you made a great decision and I'd like to get the Toshiba also. Unless you are a huge movie watcher on a laptop (I'm not) you won't miss the 1080p. For browsing, emails, light office work, etc the high def is just overkill. I think the Toshiba is the deal to beat right now at $279 and a good screen size. Good luck with yours!

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I've had my Toshiba since the day they came out (it actually arrived a few days early) and love it. You won't regret it.

Every time one of this is released, I want one a little bit more. I just can't justify t since I bought a Samsung ATIV like 6 months ago. :(

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But, your Samsung Ativ is already a better device. Don't spend money that you don't have to. Now, if you didn't already have the Ativ, that's a different story.

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Will the Chromebook bloat be removable or will I be fucked with it forever like the garbage they load on their phones.

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I am sooo happy this thing has the Exynos 5 Octa and not the haswell!

The 5 Octa is more then 3x faster then the one in the old Samsung Chromebook. This + the 4GB = SUPER FAST.

This thing should be faster then any Chromebook with Haswell - plus the benefit that Haswell needs aircooling and Exynos 5 Octa does not.

Now i hope the screens are a big improvement too...

This design is super clean, love the toshiba and HP 14 design also. Why does each model have a certain feature lacking? lol I have the Acer 720 and apart from the screen its great. I wish it had a better display and a sturdier trackpad. Can't wait till they realize the Celeron is the way to go. Unless they get an ARM that runs multiple windows better. Also, Airdroid is a hit or miss, I feel like google drive works just the same.

I recently bought an Asus C720p. Comparing these specs it was money well spent. Samsung is $100 to expensive here for an ARM processor.

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