Samsung Chromebooks…A Worthy Mac Competitor?

The new Samsung Chromebooks have arrived! We take a look at the specs of this Samsung-Google collaboration and how it compares to Apple.
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Published: Saturday, February 11th 2017
General
Samsung's CES 2017 Press Conference was expected to be all about home electronics, as it had been in previous years. And, to a large degree, it was. Samsung also announced, however, the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. The latest generation of its Chromebooks.

Introducing The Samsung Chromebook

According to Samsung, they partnered with Google to design this next generation Chromebook, which is designed for Google Play. This is so that you can use all the Android apps you love on your smartphone. Not only that, but the new Samsung Chromebooks also offer a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, quad HD screen, built-in digitized pen, and new lightweight metal design.
“Since launching our first Chromebook over five years ago, we have continued to improve the product. Developing a computer that not only fits into consumers’ lifestyles, but makes their lives easier, more mobile, and more productive,” said Alanna Cotton, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “With the Chromebook Plus and Pro, we’re partnering with Google to pair a sleek design with supreme flexibility. Encouraging users to experience more with Google Play and Android apps, while continuing to provide simplicity, top-rated security, and shareability inherent in Chromebooks.”

The S-Pen

Samsung has clearly leveraged the popularity of it's S-Pen, which is traditionally found in its popular Note series. For the first time in the Chromebook lineup, they've included a built-in pen. The pen is embedded on the side of the device. The pen brings tablet-like benefits to the Chromebook. These include the ability to take notes and capture on-screen content. The pen is ready to use out of the box with pre-installed Google Keep. For note-taking and Samsung ArtCanvas for drawing. Samsung says that this newly developed pen has a 0.7mm pen tip and pressure sensitivity for precise screen capturing.

Other Features

The new Chromebook includes a Quad HD 2400×1600 resolution display made of Gorilla Glass 3. With a 3:2 aspect ratio, and includes two USB-C ports. The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro also lets you access apps, work on documents, or listen to a playlist while offline. Additionally, traditional Chromebook features, like built-in anti-virus and automatic updates, remain. The new Chromebooks have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and feature batteries that last up to 8 hours**. This alog with an enhanced battery life extender to lengthen productivity time. The Samsung Chromebook Plus will feature an ARM processor. While the Chromebook Pro will be powered by an Intel® Core™ m3 processor. Both devices will come with the Google Play Store (Beta) pre-installed. ** Battery life is based on internal testing conducted by Samsung. Results may differ by usage pattern.

Specifications

Model Code XE513C24-K01US Chromebook Plus XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro
Operating System Google Chrome Google Chrome
Processor / Chipset OP1, Made for Chromebooks. Hexa-core (Dual A72, Quad A53) Intel® Core™ M3 Processor 6Y30 (0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4 MB L3 Cache)
Graphic Internal Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 515
Display 12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel 12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel
Memory 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB) 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB)
Hard Drive 32GB e.MMC 32GB e.MMC
Color Platinum Silver Platinum Silver
Multimedia Internal Dual Array Digital Mic Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Stereo Speakers (1.5W x 2) Stereo Speakers (1.5W x 2)
720p HD Camera 720p HD Camera
Network 802.11 ac (2×2) 802.11 ac (2×2)
Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Ports 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging] 2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging]
MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
Input Clickpad Clickpad
Touch screen Touch screen
Island-type keyboard Island-type keyboard
Pen Pen
Power 30 W USB-C™ Adapter 30 W USB-C™ Adapter
39Wh 39Wh
Dimension 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm (11.06″ x 8.72″ x 0.51″ ~ 0.55″) 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm (11.06″ x 8.72″ x 0.51″ ~ 0.55″)
Weight 1.08Kg (2.38lbs) 1.08Kg (2.38lbs)
Software ※ Software can be changed without notice. ※ Software can be changed without notice.
AirDroid Premium (free one-year subscription, full version) AirDroid Premium (free one-year subscription, full version)
ArtCanvas ArtCanvas
Etc Accelerometer Sensor Accelerometer Sensor
Gyro Sensor Gyro Sensor