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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.
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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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-06-17 (Update: 2018-06-17)