Samsung unveils Chromebook 2; Exynos 5 Octa processor and release date for next month

A day after a source on Twitter leaked photos of Samsung's new Chromebook 2, the company has bit the bullet and made an official announcement.

According to Samsung the successor to Google's flagship Chromebook, which was released almost 3 years ago, is coming - and soon. The company plans to release the Chromebook 2 in April and consumers will have their choice of two options: an 11.6" display for $319.99 and a 13.3" display for $399.99.

As shown in yesterday's leaked photos, the Chromebook 2 will have a faux stitched-leather look in either Jet Black or Classic White (for the 11.6" model) and Titan Gray (for the 13.3" model). The notebook will also include an Exynos 5 Octa processor, which clocks in at 1.9 GHz for the smaller model and 2.1 GHz for the larger.

The new Chromebook 2 also boasts an impressive set of technical specifications for a Chromebook, with both models having 4GB DDR3L RAM, a 16GB embedded flash drive, and close to 8.5 hours of battery life. The larger 13.3" model justifies its higher price tag by being slightly beefier, with a comparatively faster processor and a full HD LED display resolution of 1920 x 1080 (compared to the 11.6" model's resolution of 1366 x 768).

Like its Chromebook predecessor, the Chromebook 2 will run on Google's custom Chrome OS, which is optimized for low profile web browsing and certain Google apps.

Source: Samsung via GSMArenaImage via Google

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I love when people try to force their opinions on everyone else. Just because you don't see a point in chromebooks or find utility in them, doesn't mean that you are "right" or that others won't find utility in them. In fact I am writing this response on a Samsung XE303C that I bought for my wife for around $250. She just needed something with a full web browser. I wasn't prepared to spend $250 on a piece of junk from wally world that runs slower than molasses uphill in January when the chromebook was designed specifically for the function my wife needed it for, and it performs rather well. It is fast, has a long battery life, and ties in very nicely to google's other services such as youtube, docs, drive, etc. It also plays very nicely with our 2 chromecasts. I have 3 Windows 8.1 computers in the house, 2 desktops and a touchscreen all-in-one for the kitchen. The Windows 8.1 computers work great for what we need them for too. Point is, just because it doesn't fit your definition of a useful device doesn't mean that it won't fit someone else's.

chromebook is starting to scare Microsoft!!! CB would have only sold about 5 million in enterprise but Microsoft lost about 500 million in revenue because of that... enterprise license for 5 million windows PC is more than $500 million considering enterprise windows license is more than $100 each

drakenhuli said,
enterprise windows license is more than $100 each

Is that true? I got my current Windows license for $40, would be crazy to think that businesses are paying >$100 per computer O.O

If anything I would imagine business paying closer to $30-50/device

Matthew_Thepc said,

Is that true? I got my current Windows license for $40, would be crazy to think that businesses are paying >$100 per computer O.O

If anything I would imagine business paying closer to $30-50/device

A Windows 8 license costs much less than a Windows 8 Pro license, which probably costs less than a Windows 8 Enterprise edition license.

My place of employment spends $400 for an Enterprise license. This does give people options of upgrading their Office and OS for 3 years though. Personal copies of Office directly from MS for around $15. Microsoft are doing a LOT of right things nowadays.

Google's Chrome is not for mainstream but for teh billionaires with data plans wherever they go and need a republican to complain to.

rfirth said,

A Windows 8 license costs much less than a Windows 8 Pro license, which probably costs less than a Windows 8 Enterprise edition license.

you keep guessing!!! volume licensing is expensive thats why you see MS making chromebook commercials... they have lost millions and will lose billions in future

Lachlan said,

$900 vs $400.

Thinner, lighter, faster, better screen, better OS, Flash Storage, Power Nap, blah blah. Let's talk about OS X Devices vs Chrome Devices.

I'm guessing Chrome OS is part Linux too, right? Honestly, what you're comparing is just like the Amazon commercials for the tablet vs the iPad.

I find Chromebooks ridiculous, however those are GOOD specs for a simple laptop. Why doesn't anybody release a Windows laptop like this? I want a 13" laptop with a good keyboard, 1080p IPS screen and an ARM cpu that gives me 10h of Windows RT. Why is this so difficult to do?

I was considering buying a new yoga-like laptop to replace my Surface and you know what? Everything in the market SUCKS. The Yoga 2 11", everything's great until you get to the battery: a puny 5h. Are you kidding me? The HP x360, cheaper version of the yoga, 4h battery life. What the hell? I cannot accept anything with less than 9h after living with the Surface.

Slap Windows RT on this Chromebook and I will HAPPILY throw my money at it.

cleverclogs said,
Will the EU force them to use a ballot to select a browser on first run?

Hahaha I think I'll get IE11 please.

cleverclogs said,
Will the EU force them to use a ballot to select a browser on first run?

I think I'll send a complaint to the EU immediatly (seriously)

Why pass? Anyone admiring the simplicity of windows 8 will admire the simplicity of chrome OS... For the tech savvy Windows 7 remains available.
Chrome OS is threat only to Windows 8...

Silence is golden. If you cannot comprehend Windows 8 then maybe you need to revisit the definition of tech savvy.

DaveBG said,
Why pass? Anyone admiring the simplicity of windows 8 will admire the simplicity of chrome OS... For the tech savvy Windows 7 remains available.
Chrome OS is threat only to Windows 8...

Windows 8 is full Windows AND touch-friendly. Meaning it's for power-users and tablet users. Chromebook is for neither. So how is Chrome OS a threat to Windows 8? I understand that Chrome OS is a threat to Windows OS - in general, just like any OS is a threat to another but why Windows 8 specifically?

For me this is a massive pass. I was under the impression that Chrome OS was much cheaper. But I can get Windows 8 laptops for those prices.