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Mid-Range Samsung Chromebook Discontinued, Replacement Unlikely

Samsung has today confirmed that it will not be releasing an updated mid-range Chromebook to take over from its second-generation Series 5 550 model released last year. 

A report by Time’s Jared Newman, recently reported that last year’s Samsung Chromebook 5 550 has disappeared off Amazon, suggesting a new mid-range Chromebook is on the horizon. This would back recent rumours that Intel Haswell-powered Chromebooks are coming and a gap-in-the-market for mid-range Chromebook.

“Samsung deem the Series 3, released last October, as the replacement model for the Series 5 550.”

Today, Samsung PR have confirmed that no replacement for the Series 5 550 is coming. Samsung deem the Series 3, released last October, as the replacement model for the Series 5 550. Furthermore, Samsung have confirmed that won’t be a new version of the Series 3 until 2014.

It seems strange that the Series 3 is the replacement Chromebook. The 5 550 had a faster CPU and more RAM compared to the Series 3; the Series 3 is aimed to provide a low price point for average users, while the 5 550 was for the early adopters.

With Haswell-powered Chromebooks still rumoured to be on the way, and a clear need for a mid-range Chromebook between the £1000 Pixel and the £220 Samsung Chromebook. A mid-range Chromebook may be on the way, but not necessarily from Samsung.

The Series 3, the true successor to the 5 550??

The Series 3, the true successor to the 5 550??