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Samsung announces new 13.3", 11.6" Chromebooks

If you thought that the Galaxy Note 3 was about as far as Samsung would go with faux leather, than you don’t know Samsung. The company today announced its new Chromebook 2 that has the stuff slathered all over its display lid.
The 13.3” Chromebook 2 has a full HD display, and is powered by a 2.1GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor that is paired with 4GB of RAM. Other features include 16GB of onboard storage, an HDMI port, two USB ports (one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0), a 720p webcam, and a microSD reader.

Samsung says that the new 3-pound Chromebook 2 is good for 8.5 hours on a charge, which is about mid-pack when it comes to Chromebooks.
For those that prefer a slightly smaller device, there is also a 2.43-pound 11.6” model that will be priced at $319. According to The Verge, this model will use a slightly downclocked version of the processor used in its big brother, will feature a 136x768 display, and will have 8 hours of battery life.

The 13” Chromebook 2 will be available in white and black; the 11” model will only be available in grey. Both models will ship in April.

Sources: PC World, The Verge

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The 5420?
By superstition on 3/3/2014 3:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
Is it the 5420 or the older one with the coherence bug?

RE: The 5420?
By Motoman on 3/3/2014 3:16:46 PM , Rating: 3
...anyone who spends $300 or $400 on one of these things has a "coherence" issue...

RE: The 5420?
By retrospooty on 3/3/2014 3:40:16 PM , Rating: 2

RE: The 5420?
By flyingpants1 on 3/3/2014 4:58:12 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing. You can get a real 11.6" Core i3 ultrabook for this price.

RE: The 5420?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 5:05:15 PM , Rating: 1
Yes with crap resolution, horrible battery life, and *gag* Windows 8.

RE: The 5420?
By TheDoc9 on 3/3/2014 5:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
I like the specs, don't know about the looks though. Also I wonder about the screen. I like the idea of an ipad replacement too.

RE: The 5420?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 5:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
It just gets tiring seeing people who have been so brainwashed by decades of Windows dominance, they cannot even conceive of a differing platform with different hardware requirements and usages.

RE: The 5420?
By atechfan on 3/3/2014 7:55:05 PM , Rating: 4
I find it hilarious you slam iOS for being a walled garden and Windows Phone for having a small app library, yet so ardently defend ChromeOS, which is more closed and has fewer apps than both of them.

RE: The 5420?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/4/2014 8:15:00 AM , Rating: 1
I don't need to "defend" anything. Mearly to point out for some people it is a viable alternative to Windows. That threatens you for some reason.

You're intentionally trying to use parallels that don't match up to twist my meaning. I don't see how iOS or Windows Phone can even apply here.

RE: The 5420?
By Milliamp on 3/4/2014 12:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
For someone like my mom who just wants to turn her laptop on and use Facebook Chromebook is perfect.

She used an out of the box windows 8 laptop for one day and I had to help her remove conduit virus/search and a host of other junk that found its way onto the computer.

RE: The 5420?
By SpartanJet on 3/3/2014 7:32:34 PM , Rating: 4
LOL opposed to that faux OS designed to deliver you as many Ads as possible? I will take windows 8.1 every day of the week.

RE: The 5420?
By atechfan on 3/3/2014 7:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
You are not seriously trying to say ChromeOS is a better OS than Windows 8?

RE: The 5420?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/4/2014 8:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
Are you seriously seeing that in my post? You're a bigger fanboi than I thought.

Simply, if you don't NEED to run Windows software, why would you want the headache of dealing with Metro and the duality of Windows 8?

People are using tablets and phones to do simple tasks today. Tasks that required Windows just a few years ago.

I just don't understand what's so offensive about people choosing to NOT use Windows for everything. But people here act like Chrome books are some great travesty.

RE: The 5420?
By Spuke on 3/4/2014 12:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
Simply, if you don't NEED to run Windows software, why would you want the headache of dealing with Metro and the duality of Windows 8? People are using tablets and phones to do simple tasks today. Tasks that required Windows just a few years ago.
BAM! There are TONS of users out there that just use their laptops/desktops for basic stuff. And I'm sure there are people in this category that would like a piece of hardware that has good specs and still satisfies their requirements.

RE: The 5420?
By Motoman on 3/3/2014 5:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
Usually for well under $300 you can get a quad-core AMD 15.6" machine with at least 4Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive.

Which blows these things out of the water for *all* possible uses.

People who buy a Chromebook instead of a real laptop, with a real local hard drive and Windows (so software works) are basically saying "you know, I'm going to spend $50k on a new pickup truck...but since I probably won't ever need to haul anything, I don't mind if the cargo capacity is 5 pounds, and I probably won't need to tow anything, so a 1.5l 4-cylinder motor is fine, and I probably won't need to carry any other people with me, so if it only has a seat for the driver that's fine...and I probably won't ever get a flat, so I don't need a spare tire either."

Maybe that "truck" does everything you think you're going to need to do...but if you're going to spend the $50k anyway, for what possible reason would you not buy a truck with a V8 turbodiesel, massive towing and cargo capacity, and a crew cab that can carry 6 people? Same price. One truck is simply infinitely more capable than the other "truck."

RE: The 5420?
By Spuke on 3/4/2014 12:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
This a failure I see often on DT. You're thinking of this from a GEEKS POV, not a USERS POV. USERS don't typically think about what ALL uses can be had from a product, they think of what product best fits THEIR uses. If all a user does is web based stuff almost 100% of the time, then a Chromebook fits their usage pattern. Already USERS are using their tablets/phones as their primary computers. The desktop/laptop collects dust unless real work is needed (I know people that haven't used their Windows machines in months/years).

RE: The 5420?
By Motoman on 3/4/2014 5:04:23 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. You're seeing things from a fanboi's point of view, which is to defend a cherished product against all rational evidence that it's a poor choice.

You spend the same $300 on a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop. The Chromebook will run ZERO software packages that you'll find at Best Quicken or Turbo Tax. The Windows machine comes with a 500Gb hard drive, which can store probably all the pictures of the kids and grandkids, and music and videos, that one is likely to accumulate. The Chromebook has essentially no storage space. And the same problem exists with the argument "store all your stuff in the cloud" as with the cloud-based apps you're supposed to use on the Chromebook - if you don't have internet access, you have squat.

From *every* perspective, whether utter noob user like grandma or a total pro like Bill Gates, a Windows laptop is infinitely better. Because it can do EVERYTHING that the Chromebook can do equally as well...while the Chromebook can do maybe 5% of what the Windows machine can do.

It's a completely indefensible position. And that's that.

RE: The 5420?
By GulWestfale on 3/3/2014 7:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
i spent $400 last month on an asus transfomer T100 (quad-core bay trail, 10" touchscreen, win 8.1, ability to remove screen from keyboard and use it like a tablet), and it came with a full office 2013 license (which is well over a hundred bucks by itself).

as much as i would like to see true low-cost laptops succeed, a machine that has inferior specs, isn't compatible with anything, is virtually useless without an internet connection, yet costs as much as a full windows machine will never have any great impact in the market.
samsung (and the other chromebook makers) will either have to find a way to get the price down below 200 bucks, or add features. and even then, a nexus tablet would be a better buy.

RE: The 5420?
By Spuke on 3/4/2014 12:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
RE: The 5420?
By Motoman on 3/4/2014 7:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
As pointed out in the article's comment section, that assertion of marketshare for Chromebooks is pure BS.

The *actual* marketshare for Chromebooks is statistically insignificant.

By madwab2 on 3/3/2014 4:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
"... a 2.43-pound 11.6” model ... will feature a 136x768 display"

Is that landscape or portrait?

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