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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 announced, available at Best Buy for $499.99

The Samsung Chromebook Plus was one of the better grown-up Chromebooks of last year, and to follow up its success, we now have the Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2).

The V2 looks mostly the same compared to the 2017 Chromebook Plus, but there are a few important changes inside and out that should make it a much better experience for everyone — one of the most notable being the silicon that powers everything.

Samsung's ditching ARM processors and switching to the much more capable Intel Celeron 3965Y. From running Android apps, having multiple tabs open in Chrome, and more, this will allow the V2 to be considerably faster with just about every task. That Celeron processor is also paired with 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 615, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 400GB via microSD), and a 39Wh battery.

As much as we love seeing the upgraded internals, the Chromebook Plus V2's screen is actually a downgrade compared to its predecessor. The 16:10 1920 x 1080 panel should be fine, but it's quite a bit different from the 3:2 2400 x 1600 screen on last year's model.

In regards to ports, we're looking at two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card reader, and one full-sized USB-A 3.0 port. There's also a 1MP front-facing camera for video calls and a 13MP camera next to the keyboard that can act as a rear-camera when using the Chromebook Plus V2 in tablet mode.

If you're interested, the Chromebook Plus V2 is available both in-store and online at Best Buy right now for $499.99.

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Updated June 28, 2018: Updated this article now that the V2 has been released.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Backlit keyboard? That's the only thing I wish my V1 Chromebook Plus had....
  • Not that we know of. Samsung hasn't mentioned anything about that
  • The pro model has a backlit keyboard now Also a better display, better processor, and comes in black.
  • No backlit keyboard. No way I would ever spend $500 for a Chromebook that doesn't have a backlit keyboard when can buy wimdows laptops on sale for about that price with a backlit keyboard.
  • This is a huge downgrade. the wonderful 3:2 panel on the chromebook plus v1 is why I bought it. It's better than screens in a lot of $1000 computers.
  • Agreed 100%. The panel on the original Plus and the Pro (which I have) is incredible and is one of the biggest selling points the devices have. It's no wonder Google opted to use the same screen on the Pixelbook.
  • It really is. I got my mom a Plus last year and I was really surprised by how nice the screen was. I was expecting a much more budget-looking panel.
  • I bought the plus, and returned it in a few days for the 64 GB pro. No brainer. Best buy also had it on sale for $499. It's easy faster and apps run better. Trust me, the Intel is better than the Chinese ARM (for now). I bet the screen isn't that noticeable. Only dislike is vibration buzz from the speaker rattling the chassis. I will fix that myself.
  • I'll wait for the Spin 13 instead
  • I was.......until BB had the $250 off the pixelbook- I am impressed- and I never would have paid the regular asking price until I saw early reports that the Spin was coming in around $600- So I hope it works out in my favor!
  • Not worth the screen downgrade.
  • 1920x1080 a 16:10 aspect ratio? I guess you mean 16:9... But this one is for me just a downgrade.. I will not upgrade to it with my current plus
  • 4GB RAM = hard pass.
  • It's fine. I have an Asus Flip with 4GB, and I've never once felt like the memory was insufficient. I mean, more is obviously always better, but I really don't think 4GB should be a dealbreaker for Chromebooks.
  • Not used it so can't comment but if Samsung feel 6GB of RAM is needed in their phones why not their Chromebook?
  • 16:10 would be 1920 x 1200 resolution. This is a standard 1080p display so it's a 16 x 9 aspect ratio.