An Intel Celeron processor has been added to the latest update of Samsung's Chromebook 2, replacing the previous version's Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip. With a suggested retail price of $249.99, the new, 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 was announced Friday and is set to hit retail outlets next week.
Like the $319.99 11.6-inch and $399.99 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 models launched in March, the new device is aimed at the school and budget-minded home-user markets. It sports a similar body design as well, featuring a faux-leather texture with "stitching" details along the edges of the top cover.
In addition to giving the Chromebook 2 a briefcase-like vibe, the texturing has a more practical purpose.
"This material adds functionality by making the device easier to grip and hold -- especially important for students and children," Samsung said.
Option for Instant Live Help
We reached out to Samsung spokeswoman Brenna Tudor to learn more about the updated features of the latest Chromebook 2.
In addition to the Intel processor and a new "help" app, the new Chromebook 2 comes with a reinforced frame that makes it "much more durable" than previous versions, Tudor said.
The "help" app, developed in collaboration with Google, is similar to Amazon's Mayday feature on the Kindle Fire. When users click it, they'll be connected via video chat to Samsung's support center, which is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. (Amazon's Mayday service is available 24/7.).
Nine-Hour Battery Life
The new Chromebook 2's 2.58 GHz Intel Celeron N2480 processor gives it a considerable boost over the previous versions. The 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 released in March had a 1.9 GHz Exynos processor, although that supported a 2 MB L2 cache, compared with the 1 MB L2 cache on the new device. (The Exynos 5 Octa processor is also found in Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 and some versions of the Galaxy Tab S.)
Other features on the updated Chromebook 2 include a 2 GB memory with 16 GB of storage, two 2-watt speakers and a 720p HD webcam. Weighing in at 2.65 pounds -- slightly heavier than the previous 11.6-inch version -- the new device also provides battery power for up to nine hours, a slight improvement over the 8- to 8.5-hour life of the earlier Chromebook 2s.
Also included are several software features, including AirDroid Premium for Web-based Android device management, Wunderlist Pro for task management, and Little Bridge, an English learning program designed for children and teens.
The new Chromebook 2 is available for pre-order, with shipping in 10 to 14 days. Information about retailers carrying the device will be available on Samsung's Web site.
Posted: 2014-10-24 @ 4:38am PT
As an owner of a 2013 Samsung Chromebook, I was waiting for the new one, but passed because of the reviews. Intel had a better processor and it should have been used in the first place. If they rework the 13 inch, I will pick one up. In the meantime, I now have my old Samsung and a new Acer 13 inch with the K1 processor.
Posted: 2014-10-21 @ 9:19pm PT
Love the updates but I am still waiting for the availability of connecting to an external dvd burner.