Both the 11.6- and 13.3-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 can now be ordered in the U.S. OMG Chrome noticed the product pages showing the order information on Monday. Expect to pay $319.99 or $399.99, respectively, and wait a few weeks: Samsung’s product page says the devices will ship in 14–21 business days.
The company announced the pair of Chromebooks on March 3, saying that it was targeting an April launch. The two new Chromebooks are expected to offer a big performance boost over the old $249 model because Samsung is using its own eight-core Exynos 5 in the Chromebook 2 laptops. The 2012 model came with a dual-core Exynos chip. As a result, Samsung says to expect a 125 percent performance boost in the new devices.
The pair also come with 4 GB of memory — helpful for running multiple Chrome apps and having many browser tabs open at the same time. Chromebooks with 2 GB of memory are more prevalent these days and can suffer from page reloads after hours of continuous use or when keeping many tabs open at the same time in Chrome OS. One key difference between the two models is the display resolution, along with the obvious size variance. The larger Chromebook 2 uses a 1920 x 1080 display, while the smaller model has a typical 1366 x 768 screen.
For a limited time, Samsung is adding a bonus item with Chromebook 2 pre-orders: A slim-case to carry the laptop. Both Chromebooks are eligible for the offer.