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Summary:

Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on!

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Official product pages for the Samsung Chromebook 2 are going live, so with an April release date, the laptops should be hitting the market soon. This refresh is among the most anticipated for two reasons: The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 will be the first to have a 1920 x 1080 display and both models will jump from Samsung’s dual-core to eight-core processor. The company has already said to expect a 125 percent performance boost as a result and battery life will range from 8 to 8.5 hours.

Will buyers pay a premium for these devices which priced higher than the Chromebooks with an Intel Haswell chip? We discuss that on this week’s Chrome Show podcast because Intel has made a compelling processor for Chromebooks, offering similar battery life and solid performance.

Tune in below or download the show here to listen in on our thoughts plus news of a new Chrome experiment and an interesting take on a sub-$400 Windows vs Chromebook shootout.

  1. beautiful summary

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  2. 8.5 hours battery runtime seems rather low especially when i can consistently get 9 to 10 hours from the 13″ Retina MBP running the more versatile OSX Mavericks. And 11-13 hours with the 13″ MBA albeit with less pixels.

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    1. That’s certainly true but that’s partly because of the weight difference and battery capacity between a MBP and a Chromebook. Apple put a nice 71.8 watt hour battery in there. The battery in the 13.3-inch Chromebooks is a 35.6 watt hour unit, so from that regards it’s actually more power efficient. i.e.; if it had double the battery capacity it would equal the MBP battery capacity and get a few more hours of battery life; around 17. A larger battery would boost the weight of the Chromebook as well, which is about a half pound lighter.

      I’m not suggesting one choice is better than the other (I have and use a 13″ MBPrd as well); simply explaining the difference.

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    2. HaughtiestZombie Chic Thursday, April 17, 2014

      Just say you’re a mac enthusiasts or biased. For a non macbook 8.5 hours of battery runtime is impressive.

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  3. Hmmm. 8.5 sounds pretty good to me, compared to the 6.5 I get out of my old Samsung Chromebook… or the 2 hours I get out of my old Toshiba Satellite Windows laptop…

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  4. 125 percent better seems sneaky. Does that mean 2.25 times more performance or does it mean 125 of the previous models performance meaning only a 25 percent increase over the originals 100 percent original performance. They are clear enough by saying double the gpu performance but then they hired a used car salesman to talk about the cpu.

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  5. You expressed your surprise at the folks who are dismayed by the lack of apps for Chromecast, but as one of those individuals, I think we’re in the right.
    Google could have made more of an effort to bring partners onto the platform.

    For comparison, just look at the newly released Amazon Fire TV. More specifically, look at the number of content partners Amazon is launching with right out of the gate.

    Furthermore, the Cast SDK is another example of Google dragging their feet when it comes to expanding the available content for the device. The device itself was released in July 2013, but the SDK was not officially out until February 2014.

    All that put aside, this was the first time I caught your show and I enjoyed listening to it. Cheers.

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    1. Totally fair point, Shilov: Amazon launched with a surprisingly large number of partners. Why Google launched the Chromecast without an SDK is beyond me as well so I can see your point, as well as those who think the same. Thanks!

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  6. HaughtiestZombie Chic Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Amazon has a home court advantage over Samsung.

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  7. Should we send Samsung a memo about Haswell or something?

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