In a bid to further blur the lines between PCs and smart mobile devices and make its product roster close-knit, Samsung has just taken the wraps off a Chromebook duo with a Galaxy Note 3-evocative design.
That is to say the mini-laptops rock a “slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and elegant stitched design”. You know, Note 3’s stitches, otherwise known as faux leather. The two portable computers, plainly dubbed the Chromebook 2 Series, are thus not the sturdiest, most robust notebooks around, but they’re almost unusually elegant and distinguished.
Also unusual for the budget-conscious computer class is how the 13-inch model sports Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution. That puts Samsung’s laptop close to Google’s Chromebook Pixel in the screen quality department, though in pricing there’s no comparing the two.
Set to cost $400, the fresh 13.3-incher will roll out in April, packing 2.1 GHz Exynos 5 Octa oomph, 4 GB RAM, a 16 GB SSD, and surprisingly hefty battery with up to 8.5 hours autonomy.
As for the smaller, cheaper variant, it doesn’t cut as many corners as you may expect, costing $320 with a humdrum 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 pix res display, but still sizzling hot 1.9 GHz 8-core Exynos CPU, 4 GB RAM and 8-hour battery.
Both second-generation Chromebooks come with HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports in tow, as well as microSD card readers, 720p webcams and, of course, pre-loaded Google Chrome OS. The 11-incher tips the scales at 2.43 pounds and measures 0.66 inches thick, whereas the Chromebook 2 13 is 3.09 pounds heavy and 0.65 inches thick thin.