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The current $249 Samsung Chromebook appears due for a refresh: A new model using Samsung’s octo-core chip is reportedly in the works, which will boost performance without hurting battery life.

Samsung ARM Chromebook 3G

The current $249 Samsung Chromebook is already a solid value yet it may be time for a refresh. This model uses Samsung’s dual-core Exynos 5250, but sources tell Mobile Geeks that a new version is in the works. This time around Samsung’s Chromebook will get a boost to the octo-core Exynos, which will blend power efficiency with improved performance.

If Samsung can keep the price at or near the same $249 level, it should be a worthy upgrade. The current ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook tested a bit slower than Samsung’s similar device with an Intel chip when I compared the two in October. But you can get at least an extra hour of battery life out of the slower unit. I routinely saw 6 to 6.5 hours of run time on a charge when using the Samsung Chromebook with Exynos chip.

exynos-4-quadSo what’s the difference in the old Exynos and the new one that’s reportedly going to power the next Samsung Chromebook? Instead of two processing cores, the latest Exynos has eight. But you won’t be using all eight at the same time. Instead, the chip uses the ARM big.LITTLE architecture with a quad-core A15 and a quad-core A7.

For heavy-duty tasks, the faster A15 quad-core handles the load, but uses more power. So lighter tasks are intelligently offloaded to the slower but more power-efficient A7 silicon. That means better performance as needed, without draining the battery faster.

My hope is that Samsung also opts for 4 GB of memory instead of the 2 GB in the current Samsung Chromebook; that will help keep more tabs open without them refreshing when hitting memory limits.

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  1. Matthew Miller Friday, May 31, 2013

    My daughter has and loves the $249 model, but I can’t deal with the screen after using my Surface and an iPad. I would like to see a Chromebook with a better quality display in that same nice compact form factor.

    1. Hi I have a this chromebook and a macbook air and when i switch over from the macbook to the chromebook it is a huge difference in screen quality.

      1. I have the 2010 MBA and it’s a better screen, but when I factor in price the Chromebook is the better value. The CB also boots faster, and I like being able to plug directly to an HDMI port.

    2. Then prepare to pay at least another $100.

  2. A better display? That would be the Pixel.

    1. TheMortallyWounded keninca Wednesday, June 12, 2013

      …for one third the price, that would be something.

      I do want a Pixel, but it is lacking some key basic necessities. If you’re going to out that much money into premium hardware, it should ALL be premium. Namely the USB ports. As more 3.0 devices come out, some regret will set in.

  3. Paul Koplow Friday, May 31, 2013

    I am thinking that if the “Chrominator” suggests 4GB of memory, Samsung will be hard pressed to not deliver.

    1. LOL. You, sir, are placing way too much emphasis on the title that was self-bestowed. ;)

  4. Phil Oakley Friday, May 31, 2013

    Is there any idea when this might be coming? I’ve been looking to buy a Samsung Chromebook, but I want to wait for this instead of buying the current model.

    1. Phil, I wish I knew, but of course have no information on that. I know that Samsung is holding a London product event in a few weeks, but that is meant to focus on Galaxy and Ativ products. And I doubt Samsung would even have a launch event for a new Chromebook.

      If I had to place a guess — assuming Samsung does put the 8-core chip in a new Chromebook — I suspect it would happen at a Google announcement, perhaps in tandem with Android 4.3, which is coming soon. Wish I had more information to provide.

      1. Damn it! I was almost decided to buy the current model. Now, I’ll have to wait and see if this information is true.

  5. paul messier Friday, May 31, 2013

    Is it possible to add or change memory to the current $249 chromebook?

    1. Unfortunately not; it’s all soldered on board.

    2. Yes u can add more memory kind like windows virtual memory you can add 2 gig by doing a command promt.

      1. That’s called SWAP, not RAM.

      2. But that only speeds up Windows because Windows is a joke.

  6. Chris Saunders Saturday, June 1, 2013

    I just picked up one of the original Chromebooks and after only a little use I can say a performance boost would be very useful. It’s a wee bit laggy!

    1. This is where a 4G/4G boost would be helpful. Four Gus of RAM on a fourth generation wireless network.

  7. I know you don’t have release info… But if I buy the current Samsung Chromebook tomorrow will I be kicking myself in a month for not waiting?

  8. Emmy Anderer Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Hi. I did some of my own research about the Samsung Chromebook, which includes what buyers have to say about it. If you want to read more about this it’s at: http://www.squidoo.com/samsung-chromebook-review-best-chromebook-yet-or-hype

    I hope you find it helpful.

  9. any idea when the new chrome will out???

  10. I bought the current model a couple months ago and it has become my main computer. I never spend a lot on hardware — if this line keeps the same price point but improves hardware I will upgrade my laptop as soon new models come out. This thing is cheaper than most phones (or 1/10 the price of a nice Macbook) and I can build/run server software on it. Wintel should be really worried.

    1. 1/10 the price of a nice MacBook, but not nearly the same thing. Very bad comparison in my opinion. There is not one aspect of the Samsung that is comparable to a MacBook.

      1. Especially on price.

      2. Why? They are just computers. I have enabled swap so tabs don’t reload as often which appears to improve the browser experience. I’m also running crouton which is pretty solid aside from a few minor issues. Most apple software is just as bloated and annoying as M$’s. I would be perfectly happy never looking at iTunes again. Seriously, the chromebook is awesome, they just need to upgrade the hardware and it will be even more awesome.

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