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Following some early benchmarks that didn’t impress, Samsung says its Exynos Octo chip should provide a big performance boost to the new Chromebook 2 laptops, including a doubling of multimedia performance; good for those who stream or watch local videos on a Chromebook.

Chromebook 2 cover

The Samsung Chromebook 2 laptops aren’t yet available for purchase, but Samsung is starting to tout the new devices in order to build buzz. The company is using its Exynos 5 Octa chip to power the pair of laptops and says to expect 125 percent more performance over the prior model. The old Samsung Chromebook, debuting in 2012, uses Samsung’s older Exynos Dual chip.

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Android Central noticed Samsung’s press release, which explains how the eight-core chip combines two pairs of four “big” cores and four “little” cores using the ARM architecture. The former are for more intensive computing while lighter processes are done on the latter cores, which can help save battery life. And the overall performance boost isn’t just for computing tasks, according to Samsung:

“Compared to Exynos 5 Dual, our new Exynos 5 Octa application processors deliver up to 125 percent increase in computing and two times the multimedia performance. This enables designers to develop leading-edge products with significantly improved battery life.”

A doubling of graphics and multimedia performance should help movie viewers. While the current Chromebook streams and plays videos from YouTube, Netflix and other services relatively well, there’s room for improvement. Occasional frame-drops, stutters and lags aren’t uncommon in videos on the original Samsung Chromebook. That device only had 2 GB of memory, while the new Chromebook 2 models will come with double the RAM, which will also help general performance.

Chromebook 2 logo

Samsung’s statement follows a video of some early benchmarks that weren’t terribly impressive. They showed that less-expensive, currently available Chromebooks running on the latest dual-core Intel Celeron chip could be better performers while offering the same long battery life. Benchmarks don’t tell the whole story, of course, and should only give a general impression of performance. It’s also possible that Chrome OS wasn’t taking full advantage of the eight cores available in the new Chromebook 2 laptops.

We’ll find out the whole story when the two new Chromebooks arrive to market soon, costing $319.99 for an 11.6-inch model and $399.99 for a 13.3-inch version with full 1920 x 1080 resolution display.

  1. Have they announced the exact release date yet or is it still just “April”?

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    1. No official release date yet, unfortunately. However, I did recently notice that the ChromeOS recovery builds for both models are ready, so I anticipate launch details soon.

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  2. I’m hoping that this model requires no fan unlike the Haswell powered devices. The original Samsung ARM Chromebook was completely silent.

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    1. I’m fairly certain it’s fanless.

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  3. ARMdevices.net Saturday, March 29, 2014

    I said it was 2.5x faster than Exynos5250 Chromebooks, I guess the official word is 2.25x faster, which is ample fast enough, as Exynos5250 Chromebooks were said to be fast enough for most consumers and for being the best-selling Chromebook platform of 2012 and 2013, this should amply enough make this the best selling platform for Chromebooks in 2014, I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung sells 2.5x more of these. It’s only going to be a question of how many retailers, how many markets Samsung plans to deliver these to. Are they selling those in every store in the USA? In every store in Europe? All over Asia? Is it to be available in emerging markets? India? Brazil? Samsung should release a Baidu version for China and a Yandex version for Russia. Samsung can “easily” make this the worlds most popular laptop of the year.

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