Not long ago, a Google Opinion Rewards survey was sent out that had a very intriguing question. The question was this: “How would you think a Chromebook Pro is different than a Chromebook?”
This was the first time we had heard the term “Chromebook Pro”, and it was the last, until now.
For about 3 or 4 years now, we’ve had what many would consider to be a “Chromebook Pro”, called the Chromebook Pixel. The Chromebook Pixel packs all the best hardware and a price tag to match it all. It’s hard to imagine a Chromebook being more pro than the Pixel.
Even so, the Pixel is actually not the most expensive Chromebook out there. HP has been dabbling in the art of super awesome Chromebooks ranging in price from quite reasonable to, what are you thinking exactly.
This brings me to the Chromebook Pro. Our friends Robby and Gabe over at Chrome Unboxed have done an exceptional job covering a device code named ‘kevin’ and eventually named the Samsung Chromebook Pro.
That’s right, it’s a Samsung.
Samsung has had an interesting relationship with Chrome OS. First, it basically helped Chromebooks get a name for themselves by being the top selling laptop on Amazon for like ever. It wasn’t the greatest laptop by any stretch of the imagination, but it was affordable, and not terrible.
Since then, they’ve released a few models here and there, not really impressing anybody with any of them. I will say that my first Chromebook ever was as Samsung 5 550 and I absolutely loved that machine. I ended up trading it to someone in exchange for a Nexus 10. Terrible move on my part, but I digress.
Fast forward to today, and we have a couple leaks regarding a very interesting machine coming to us (hopefully soon) from Samsung. But does it really deserve the title “Pro”? Let’s take a look.
So first of all, I love this design. One of my favorite things about the Pixel is it’s design, and the Samsung Chromebook Pro shares a similarity with the Pixel design, in that the top “half” and the bottom “half” are the same thickness all the way through. What I mean is, that it doesn’t start out thick near the screen and get thinner as it goes. The Samsung Pro definitely stands out from the Pixel tho, despite this similarity. The Pixel has more of a “boxy” design with sharpish corners, where as the Samsung Pro has more rounded corners. The Samsung Pro looks more like a large phone or tablet, with a keyboard attached.
Now for the specs:
Processor – Rockchip RK3399
Memory – 4GB
Storage – 32GB
Display – 2400 x 1600 12.3″
2 USB-C ports for data charging and display
360 degree hinges for tablet mode
Possibly GPS. (more on that here)
That’s it! That’s the Samsung Chromebook Pro. Does it seem worthy of the Pro title to you? Not a super great processor, not an impressive amount of RAM, screen’s nice but OH MY GOSH WAIT I FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE STYLUS.
That’s right, the Samsung Chromebook Pro comes with a stylus PEN, and a Wacom digitizer for said stylus.
Finally, a reason to have a 360 degree hinge. Nobody has been able to get their hands on one yet so we don’t really have many details but this is pretty exciting. Samsung has done a lot of work over the years with their Android devices and stylus’ (Styluses? Stylii?). A Chromebook, running Android apps, with a stylus pen could be a game changer for a lot of people. And at $499 I think this device will sell.
I mean as long as it doesn’t like, blow up on people or anything…
B&H briefly had a listing for this device, although it has since been pulled, and you can apparently pre-order one from this website: http://www.adorama.com/ssgx513c24k1.html but I’ve never heard of them so I think I’d wait until we hear something official from Samsung.