Leaks reveal possible high-end Chromebook from Samsung
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Chromebooks have typically been known as budget oriented notebooks made from cheap materials and powered by low-end components. However, we’ve recently seen a slew of Chromebooks with premium build quality and relatively powerful specifications, such as HP’s Chromebook 13. Recent leaks suggest that Samsung may soon be adding a device to the growing list of high-end Chromebooks.
The Chrome OS notebook, known as the Chromebook Pro, was briefly shown for pre-order through Adorama. This pre-order page has since been taken down. Writers at Chrome Unboxed found the pre-order page, as well as another landing page that is no longer available. The device listed featured a 12.3 inch, 2400x1600 touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The display could fold 360 degrees back, converting the laptop into a tablet. The chassis, which appeared to be made of aluminum, had two USB Type-C ports, a headphone jack, and an SD card slot.
An image of the 0.55 inch thick device also showed a stylus, dubbed the PEN, popping out of a side port. The picture evokes the image of the lauded S-Pen included with flagship Samsung phones, such as Note 5 and Note 7. It is not known whether this pen will have any of the S-Pen’s functionality or if the display has multiple layers of pressure sensitivity.
Internally, the device was listed with a six-core ARM processor clocked at 2 GHz and a battery life of 10 hours. The chip will most likely follow suit with other ARM hexacore processors, which are comprised of four lower-clocked course and two higher-clocked cores. Other internal specifications assumed (but not confirmed) include 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage, placing the device in the higher echelon of Chromebooks. The device will most likely be able to run Android apps, following the trend of newer Chrome OS devices.
The Chromebook Pro was listed on Adorama’s site for $499, which is fairly expensive for a Chromebook. However, if the specs listed are indeed in the final product, the price may be justified. As of this writing, Samsung has yet to officially announce the device in the U.S.