Let me start this post with this unusual note. Sorry Brent Sullivan. I know that you told me about this a few days back, and I was too lazy to follow up with you on that Amazon link for this new Chromebook!
So, Samsung still makes Chromebooks. They are adding live video support for Chromebook users. Other OEMs have caught up with or beat Samsung in the Chromebook game, but they have started showing signs of a come back.
The original Samsung Chromebook with the ARM chip was a success. At $249, this was the poster child of Chromebooks for a long time and Google promoted it really well.
Then came the Samsung Chromebook 2 with ARM processor, better screen and the fake leather from Galaxy Note series. Things didn’t workout as Samsung had expected it to. People had moved on from ARM Chromebooks, at least temporarily (Tegra K1 Chromebooks are getting good response these days), and there were many new OEMs and more options to customers.
Samsung was late to respond to this. (At least they didn’t too fast and too many times as HP did!). This week, they are releasing a Chromebook 2 variant with a Bay Trail chip and a $249.99 price tag.
- Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz
- 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- 16 GB Solid-State Drive
- 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
- 8-hour battery life
Specs look okaysih. But here is the problem. Bay Trail Chromebooks are not doing as good as Haswell Chromebooks. At least that is what I sense from reading comments from many people on my network. Keeping that in mind, I am doubtful about how good this Chromebook 2 variant will do.
Price is an attraction here, yes. Design is not very compelling to me, but I have many Chromies appreciating the fake leather on this guy. So, we really have wait and watch how this goes.
This Chromebook is expected to be released on October 20. You can pre-order it here.