Samsung Announces Second-Generation Chromebook Plus

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook with 26 Comments

Samsung today announced its second-generation Chromebook Plus, again offering a convertible design with touch and smartpen support.

“Today’s consumers want to be able to maximize their communication while also expressing their creativity wherever they are, and the new Samsung Chromebook Plus fulfills that need,” Samsung’s Alanna Cotton writes. “For those who choose Chrome OS, we wanted to give them a lot of reasons to choose the new Samsung Chromebook Plus, as it is designed especially for people who never stop moving, to match their pace and magnify their creativity.”

As you may recall, Samsung announced the original Chromebook Plus—along with the physically identical Chromebook Pro—about a year and a half ago. (The Plus utilized an ARM processor, while the late-to-market Pro used a low-powered Intel chip.)

For the second-generation Chromebook Plus, Samsung is retaining the basic design of its predecessor: it’s a premium 2-in-1 Chromebook with a 12.2-inch Full HD display. But now it’s based on an Intel Celeron 3965Y processor, making it more of an upgrade of the old Pro. And it comes with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and dual cameras. Power is provided over USB-C—there are two ports—and the device also provides a single full-sized USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader. I assume the keyboard is backlit; it wasn’t originally on the first-generation devices but Samsung later corrected that.

The new Samsung Chromebook Plus will cost $499, $50 more than its predecessor. You will be able to purchase it at Best Buy starting on June 24.

 

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