Samsung Chromebook 2 makes its first appearance in leaked images

Samsung launched its first Chromebook two years ago and we hadn't heard about any new launches from the company, but now a couple of images showing an unannounced Chromebook 2 have been posted to Twitter by evleaks, suggesting that Samsung might launch the next generation of the Chrome-powered laptop soon.

The first image, which was posted as a teaser, did not show the full device but merely the Chrome logo and the faux-leather stitching which was first seen on the Galaxy Note 3

The second image, which was posted few minutes later, showed the rear-face of the Chromebook 2. As we can see from the image, the Chromebook is quite thin and strikingly similar to Samsung's Series 9 Notebook. We do not know about any hardware specifications of the device yet, but it is likely to feature an updated Exynos processor like its predecessor with updated memory and hard-drive. 

Samsung recently launched the Google Chromebox along with HP for enterprise customers to collaborate using cloud services and the premium looking Chromebook 2 could be a partner device for these customers. Since no launch information is provided, there is no option but to wait till Samsung announces the product.

Source: Evleaks | Image via Evleaks

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I am starting to like the faux leather with the stitching, I think it looks classy. I think this detail will really make the Chrome Books stand out and make them sell even better.

I think the leather look will be good at the local hipster cafe. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple goes for this look with any new devices.

I'd like to have the faux-leather on a regular laptop, glossy finish looks awful after months of use. This might just work for an year or so without looking old.

jakem1 said,
Well they could hardly sell any worse.

Its just like Windows Phone. At some point sales will ramp up and shoot off. You wait!

Fashions, I am talking about fashions. You know about fashions? Look at all the Galaxy phones, its the same styling. Its retro, its the new thing, its Chic!

derekaw said,
I think the leather look will be good at the local hipster cafe. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple goes for this look with any new devices.

This look is pretty despised by many Apple users since they got leather overload from the Scott Forstall era. This is also why you won't see this style from Apple anytime soon. They just killed this specific look with iOS 7. I'd say this look would've been a more likely evolution with the Jobs + Forstall team, but not now with Ive in his new position, not even close.

Yes, iCal looked like crap with a faux leather look and even Apple realized that, however belatedly. Perhaps Samsung is just one generation behind Apple in terms of copying them.

djdanster said,

Amazon's Top selling list would tell differently....

amazon doesn't sell that many computers or we would see chromebooks show up in OS stats which they don't. PLUS, amazon doesn't track returns in public, which if they did would show where all these devices end up.

I'll be the one to say it looks pretty cool. Finally something that is clearly not a mac rip off that still looks good. I really want to see the specs of this thing and compare it to tegra4 in my surfacert.

1TechGuru said,
Lots of talk about Chromebooks, - still haven't spotted one out in the wild.

They're a massive success, blowing Microsoft's billion dollar Surface business out of the water. It's the end of Wintel monopoly, marking a new shift in computing.

Ok, so that's ########. Truth is, I've never seen one in the wild either, though every time I travel I see Surfaces. And I travel constantly.

siah1214 said,

They're a massive success, blowing Microsoft's billion dollar Surface business out of the water. It's the end of Wintel monopoly, marking a new shift in computing.

Ok, so that's ########. Truth is, I've never seen one in the wild either, though every time I travel I see Surfaces. And I travel constantly.

It so obvious, with the massive growth of Android, the Chrome browser, and....(lol) Google Apps, we are in the dawn of a brand new computing era.

Wintel computers won't go away, but I don't think there will be a need to have more than one in each household. I can see a family of four (dad, mom, brother, sister) having one PC or Mac and 2-3 Chromebooks and at least one gaming console (PS or Xbox) per household.

Christianity did not occupy Rome overnight, did it?

VictorWho said,

It so obvious, with the massive growth of Android, the Chrome browser, and....(lol) Google Apps, we are in the dawn of a brand new computing era.

Wintel computers won't go away, but I don't think there will be a need to have more than one in each household. I can see a family of four (dad, mom, brother, sister) having one PC or Mac and 2-3 Chromebooks and at least one gaming console (PS or Xbox) per household.

Christianity did not occupy Rome overnight, did it?

Hahaha with that logic families have one family car and everyone else would have a bicycle. Your logic don't work. If had the need to swap Chrome books might as well stick with their smartphones which by definition are more capable than Chromebooks.

I have one and I like it but the problem is aside from extensions there is nothing it dose better than my surfacert. All the chrome apps are just web pages I can go to on my surface and they work just fine on IE.

nickcruz said,

Hahaha with that logic families have one family car and everyone else would have a bicycle. Your logic don't work. If had the need to swap Chrome books might as well stick with their smartphones which by definition are more capable than Chromebooks.


His point is that "bicycles" will become indistinguishable from "cars" for most general purposes in the future. I think he has a point there, since the web is still in its early days of the revolution ignited by HTML5 which let web sites directly interface with computer hardware as well as storage.

The trend will no doubt continue, making web apps even more powerful, and I think Chromebooks are simply a bit ahead of their time. The true value will come when you launch full-featured Photoshop or the Office suite from the web, have the apps be compatible with cloud shared documents edited on your Wintel laptop, for a price at 30% of a Wintel laptop.

We aren't there yet but I think Google understands that this is a long term goal and once they're finally there, Google will have had time to become the established brand for the job.

There's absolutely nothing saying that the web won't get there. The web browser is just a standards-based vehicle for content on the web *as well as* on your computer (especially since HTML5). Many sites are however still just scratching on the surface of what's already possible. We already have hardware accelerated 3D, webcam capture, and so on.

Also, Google Chrome has Native Client -- a first step towards running native code in a browser. It runs Quake as a tech demo. Their only problem is that it isn't universally supported, so the idea will probably have to be reborn under the umbrella of a standards organization.

Edited by Northgrove, Mar 3 2014, 8:52am :

1TechGuru said,
Lots of talk about Chromebooks, - still haven't spotted one out in the wild.

The Google Fiber installer had one. Only one I've ever seen. But, to be honest, I really don't think I'd notice one if I did see it unless someone pointed it out.

I saw one in the wild... at BestBuy display shelf.
Before that, I saw the very first generation..one that was sent by Google for free when Chromebook first came out

If it was real leather and metal instead of what I assume is plastic on a fully featured laptop, that design would actually be awesome.

ZipZapRap said,
Samsung genereally use awful materials in a lot of their products. And yes, this faux-leather is indeed one of them.

Aweful materials? LOL...I don't read a lot of complaints of Samsung hardware breaking down or materials falling apart. Do you?

JHBrown said,
Looks a lot better than many laptops I've seen in this price range.
Might very well be cheaper to skip these gimmicks during manufacturing, and would most certainly look classier.

VictorWho said,

Aweful materials? LOL...I don't read a lot of complaints of Samsung hardware breaking down or materials falling apart. Do you?

Awful is a broad term, with a broad application.
Their stuff is mostly cheap plastic.

VictorWho said,

Aweful materials? LOL...I don't read a lot of complaints of Samsung hardware breaking down or materials falling apart. Do you?


I need a couple of hands to count the Galaxies that had to be send back for repair in my surroundings. Falling <50cm on wooden floors and causing cracks sounds like crappy materials. Or USB ports failing. Color fading, scratches make the galaxies look horrible. My 920 been through more then the average cell phone and it still looks quite new if i brush it up. Try that on a S2 or S3... hah.

Samsung makes 'decent' phones overal. But their hardware quality is sub-par.