Last week we saw early pre-orders for the Samsung Chromebook 2, followed by an image of the device with Samsung’s faux-leather trim. And this week more detailed specifications appeared online seemingly confirming that there will be two different models of the Chromebook 2. The larger one is expected to have a 1920 x 1080 resolution display; something that could make the Chromebook 2 stand out from the growing crowd of Chrome OS(s goog) laptops.
Here’s a leaked image of the Chromebook 2 courtesy of noted tipster @evleaks:
The Samsung Chromebook 2. pic.twitter.com/3a28tLVgBm
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 2, 2014
Chrome Story notes that UberGizmo shared the details on Sunday but by this morning the site’s page had been pulled. A little creative searching of Google’s cached pages, however, brings the information back to life .
According to UberGizmo, the two Chromebook 2 models will have 11.6- and 13.3-inch screens, with the larger model having a higher resolution display. That’s key as most Chromebooks have 1366 x 768 resolution and larger devices such as the Toshiba Chromebook 13 I’m currently reviewing could benefit from more pixels. The two laptops will also use a newer Samsung Exynos processor. I expected that on the smaller device but thought an Intel(s intc) Celeron would appear in the larger unit. Battery life is expected to be around 8.5 hours on a charge.
UberGizmo also suggests that the Samsung Chromebook 2 devices will arrive in April for $319 and $399 respectively. Both are said to come “preloaded with a software package that has a value of over $100” although I expect much of that value will be in the form of premium content. Samsung currently bundles such content in its tablets, offering subscriber content from the New York Times, BusinessWeek and others, for example.
Samsung officially announced the two products at 10am PT on Monday according to Wired, with all of the leaked information confirmed.
Updated at 11:15am PT to reflect Samsung officially announcing the two Chromebook 2 models.