A pair of new Samsung Chromebook 2 devices appear: 11.6- and 13.3-inch models


The $249 Samsung Chromebook that’s been around since October 2012 is due for a refresh, and it looks as if it will come in the form of two new Chromebooks(s goog). OMG Chrome noticed that B&H Photo started taking pre-orders for the new devices this past weekend. They’re $299 and $399, depending on the model.

Samsung Chromebook XE303

There’s little information to go on, but it appears that the $299 version will replace the current $249 model. The product listing mentions Exynos, which is the name for Samsung’s own ARM-based(s armh) processor. Samsung uses an Exynos in its current Chromebook and the HP Chromebook 11 uses the same chip, which generally powers smartphones and a few Samsung tablets. The listing says “4-16 GB,” which I take to mean 4 GB of memory and 16 GB of internal storage. The former would be a nice boost over the more common 2 GB memory configuration found on many of today’s Chromebooks.

The second model doesn’t mention Exynos at all; I’d interpret that to mean it will use a Haswell-based Intel(s intc) chip, just like the latest batch of Chromebooks. Again, the listing says 4 GB, which is likely the amount of memory. With that configuration, the device should perform admirably — likely twice as fast as the cheaper model. B&H’s website says this will be a 13.3-inch Chromebook, so it would likely compete with and compare best to Toshiba’s Chromebook, which is also a 13-inch device.



Fan or Fanless? B&H listing for the new 11.6″ said Exynos 5 before they took the web page down. If this is the new chip will it require a fan or will it still be fanless?


If it uses the same Exynos processor in the Galaxy Note Pro I’d advise steering well clear. That thing is slow, and I’ll be returning mine today.


4GB RAM paired with Exynos could be a mistake or an indication that they are about to reveal something based on A57 or a custom core and that’s more than just speculation about the timing of such a SoC.

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