A new version of one of the top Chromebooks of 2017, Samsung Chromebook Plus, is going to be launched on June 24, in the United States.
At first glance, the V2 looks exactly like the first-gen Chromebook Plus, but under the hood, the V2 packs a banger. The major difference between the two versions can be found in the quality of the silicon on which all the features run.
Samsung ignored the ARM-based processor found in the first Chromebook Plus and went for a faster and efficient Intel Celeron 3965Y processor coupled with Intel HD Graphics 615. For memory, it comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 400 GB via the microSD card slot.
Although the Chromebook Plus V2 comes with upgraded internals, its display can’t compete with the V1. It sports a 12.2-inch screen with 16:10 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution compared to last year’s 12.3-inch 2,400 x 1,600 screen. The Chromebook Plus V2 can be used as either a laptop or touchscreen tablet with the screen being able to rotate 360 degrees.
There is a 1 MP camera at the front for video calls and a 13 MP camera with f/1.9 lens on the keyboard which can serve as a rear-camera when the keyboard is flipped backwards.
In addition, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 also features two USB Type-C ports, one full-sized USB 3.0 port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It will be powered by a 39Wh battery which will keep the system alive for eight hours on a single charge. The V2 be running on Chrome OS and has the capability to run Android apps from Google Play Store.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 will be available for sale at Best Buy, Samsung online stores and retail stores. It goes for a price of $499.99 (N180,000).