Samsung downgrades Chromebook Plus display in V2 update
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.