Samsung has pulled the wraps off its second-generation Chromebook Plus, now called the Chromebook Plus V2. The South Korean company bills the Chromebook Plus V2 as a premium device at a “competitive price point”. While some may only think of low-cost entries when they hear the word Chromebook, devices like Google’s own Pixelbook show that there is a market for premium devices running Chrome OS.
The Chromebook Plus V2, like its predecessor, is a 2-in-1 convertible that can be used in a traditional laptop configuration or you can flip the display 360 degrees to use it as a tablet. That’s where the included stylus comes into play, allowing you to draw and write on the screen with ease. It will even stow inside the Chromebook Plus V2’s chassis when not in use.
On the hardware front, the ARM-based OP1 processor has been replaced by a beefier x86-64 processor. In this case, it’s a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 3965Y processor: a dual-core Kaby Lake part with a TDP of 6 watts. The Celeron chip comes backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage will have to suffice (you can expand storage with the integrated microSD reader). The 12.2-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080, which is actually a downgrade from last year’s 2400×1600 panel.
The 2.93-lb Chromebook Plus V2 includes a single USB 3.0 port and two USB-C ports for connectivity. You’ll also find a headphone jack, dual speakers, 13MP camera on the back of the keyboard deck and a 1MP selfie camera mounted above the display. An integrated 39 WHr battery fuels your mobile ambitions.
“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,” said Alanna Cotton, SVP and GM for Samsung Electronics America. “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.”
The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 will be available starting June 24th from Best Buy priced at $499.