Samsung downgrades Chromebook Plus display in V2 update

The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) still sports a premium design. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) still sports a premium design. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has updated its Chromebook Plus to Version 2.0. While it picks up some new features, its display gets a notable downgrade from a QHD resolution to FHD.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Samsung has released an updated version of its popular Chromebook Plus Chrome OS-powered 2-in-1. The new Chromebook Plus (V2) comes with a new Intel chip and a new rear camera. Unfortunately, the outstanding 12.3-inch QHD 2400 x 1600 pixel display has been downgraded with a more run-of-the-mill 12.2-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel display. The aspect ratio has also been changed from 3:2 to a more standard 16:10 ratio.

Samsung has also completely switched system architectures on the device. Where the original Chromebook Plus was fitted with a hexa-core big.LITTLE ARM-based chip, the new model is fitted with an Intel Celeron 3965Y chip mated to 4 GB of RAM and an integrated Intel HD 615 GPU. Also new is a 13MP camera fitted to the keyboard deck for photos as well as bringing support for AR-based Android apps from the Google Play Store.

The rest of the device remains quite similar to the original, including being machined out of aluminum in parts for a more premium look and finish. It differs from the similar Samsung Chromebook Pro in that its keyboard is not backlit, but it is now spill-resistant, making it an attractive option for school students, in particular. It also retains its built-in pen and 32 GB of onboard storage expandable up to 400 GB via microSD.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) goes on sale June 24 at Best Buy for US$499.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-06-17 (Update: 2018-06-17)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.