Last year’s Samsung Chromebook Plus was an excellent premium Chromebook with a dazzling screen, solid build and compelling features. Now Samsung announced it’s refreshing the hit product.
Dubbed Chromebook Plus V2, the next-generation model doesn’t stray too far from the size and style of the original model. It’s still a laptop you can also use as a tablet, but the new version does include a few important changes that should provide an overall superior experience.
First off, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is using an Intel Celeron 3965Y processor instead of the ARM SoC of the earlier model. It’s backed up by 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 615 and 32GB of expandable internal memory (up to 400GB). The new chip should give the laptop, which can also run Android apps, a boost in performance.
Samsung’s new Chromebook will retail for $499.99
Connectivity ports on board the new Chromebook include two USB-C ports, a single USB 3.0 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The second major upgrade coming to the V2 is the addition of a secondary camera on the back. So besides the front-facing 1-megapixel camera, you also get a rear-facing 13-megapixel shooter with f/1.9 and autofocus.
What’s more, Samsung refined the lappy’s keyboard this year, which now comes with curved keycaps for easy typing and is spill-resistant (up to 6cc).
Samsung also touts a few software improvements. For example, the new laptop enables easy file sharing betweenChromebook and mobile devices.
Oddly the v2 seems to be a downgrade in the display department. This year’s Chromebook Plus features a 12.2-inch screen with 1080p resolution, while the original model came with a 12.3-inch panel with 2,400 x 1,600 resolution. Not only this, but the display panel’s ratio has changed from 3:2 to 16:10.
Nevertheless, if you think the Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 might be a good fit for you, then you should know the laptop will go on sale at Best Buy on June 24. You’ll be able to get yours for $499.99.