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Samsung Chromebook 3 – Yup, It’s Real

It’s been a while since we were last able to arrange the words ‘New’, ‘Samsung’ and ‘Chromebook’  beside each other.

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Samsung Chromebook 3

But today, finally, we can, as the famous tech company unwraps its all-new 11-inch Chromebook 3 at the Consumer Electronics Expo (CES) 2016.

And the new model comes as a slight surprise to us.


Not long after launching the Samsung Chromebook 2 in 2014 the company announced it was to ‘withdraw’ from selling notebooks in Germany, and scaled back availability in other major European countries.

Fast forward 18 months and ‘strong consumer demand’ in the US has tempted them back for another dip in the Chrome OS honeypot.

“We’re seeing more and more people flocking to Chromebooks as families, students and other consumers seek out easy-to-use, highly portable and affordable laptops as resources for personal use, education and even work,” says Gary Riding, SVP of Mobile Computing at Samsung Electronics America.

Check out the full press release for more garb on the machine.

Samsung has a long history of backing Google’s cloud-centric OS. They produced the first ever commercial Chromebook, the Series 5, back in 2011, and was the first to also produce a low-cost, think ARM-based model.

Samsung Chromebook 3 Specs

The new 2.5 pound notebook has been designed to be comfortable to hold with ‘improved grip’ and as with similar devices from other OEMS it has a reinforced metal body to protect against drops and knocks.

It features the following specs:

  • 11.6-inch anti-glare display (1366×768)
  • Intel Celeron N3050 @ 2.6GHz (dual-core)
  • 2GB or 4GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC flash storage
  • 11 hour battery

Other details include:

  • 2x USB (1x 2.0, 1x 3.0)
  • Full-sized HDMI out
  • 180 degree hinge
  • 2 1.5W speakers
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Curved keycap keyboard

Price TBA

The Samsung Chromebook 3 will be available in early 2016 at select retailers in the USA and through the official Samsung America website.

No word on pricing, but you can expect it to be fairly competitive with similar low-end entries from ASUS and Acer.

Thanks to reader Marc for sending this tip in!

  • Fernando de Sousa

    Really! It´s so nice to use.

  • Looks like a good little device, and the touchpad looks really big.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Looks great! Just wish they’d bump internal storage up a bit. I’m not talking about TB, but 32gb would be a nice option. Even with the generous online storage, 16gb can be a little tight at times.

    • Smartphones are, I suspect, to blame. 16GB eMMC chips are in such plentiful supply (and thereby cheap) that that cost:profit ratio makes their use inevitable. As more smartphone makers begin to migrate to larger storage, so too will Chromebooks.

      (This is presumably why 64GB Chromebooks are as rare as 64GB Android phones ;))

  • Joey C

    when are they going to finally just make all these crhomebooks with at LEAST 1080p screens?

    • On an 11.6-inch screen? I’m not sure it’d be that pleasant.

      • Cory Wilson

        Eh I got a 1080p 24 inch monitor, its fine, nothing wrong with 1080p. But 1366×768 is definitely outdated

      • Degru

        1366×768 is nearly unusable for multitasking. I’d be happy even with a 1440×900 or a 1600×900 screen.

        • Vin

          DUDE! EXACTLY! Those crap densities and small screens suck for multitasking.

          • Keith Reeder

            So forget about Chromebooks, eh? You’re clearly expecting something of them that they’re not.

          • Timothy Garcia

            Not true; I got a wonderful FullHD (1920×1080) Toshiba 13.3″ Chromebook, 2014 model, for $199 directly from Toshiba refurbished. It’s wonderful, but I’d love a smaller one, say, 11.6″ with at least 1440×900 resolution. 1366×768 is really just too small to get any work done when I use it RDP to my workstation, and I’m surprised to see basically nothing but 1366×768 *OR* *Full* HD resolution, for Chromebooks (and occasionally 1280×800). 1440×900 or 1600×900 is the sweet spot for a small screen Chromebook. If there are Chromebooks with Full HD for decent prices, why not ones with something between HD and Full HD? :)

  • tiamat2009

    1366×768 is it still 2001???

    • Berkay

      Yet you’re okay with the processor????

    • liamdools

      What computer were you using in 2001 with a screen like that

    • My new-in-2016 laptop has a 1366×768 display.

      It’s 15 inches.

  • P3t3r D1nd0

    what about LTE connection..?

  • Vin

    “The all-new 11-inch…

    These need to change. More of the same. No interest whatsoever.

  • Vin

    The #1 reason that I currently have little interest in buying another Chromebook is the lack of a good screen – a screen with large size and good resolution (and touch, but now I’m being greedy). For me to do serious work, I need a serious screen. This is inhibiting me now more than any operating system / privacy issues.

    • andreas.arambasic

      I agree. I actually stopped watching the development of chrome devices for almost a year now. I recently returned to check out if any new interesting devices are out. Nope. 1366×786, 2GB RAM, etc. It’s shocking how literally nothing is moving on.

      • calden74

        Why, there are some really nice models out there. Check out Dell’s offerings, even Lenovos Thinkpad 11e with 4GB, 32GB, i3 is a fantastic little ChromeBook. Dell is selling there little 11″ for only 270 bucks now, also with an i3 and 4GB of memory.

    • Degru

      Yeah, why can’t 1080p just become the minimum for ANY new laptop coming out? If they can make a Nexus 7 with a 1080p screen for $350, why not a Chromebook? I’m currently dealing with a 1366x768p laptop, and it’s nearly impossible to do proper multitasking with this resolution. I’d even be OK with 1080p and 13″, since I’m fine with things being a little small.

    • systemBuilder

      The 2015 Toshiba Chromebook 2 (full-HD IPS model 13.3″) fits all your needs. I recommend the Celeron 3215U model ($329). We possess both in our household, and the i3 models are only necessary if you want to load linux and play challenging 3D games.

      • Vin

        No, it doesn’t.

        In essence, I need what someone called a “desktop laptop” (maybe they said “laptop desktop”). I need a machine that I will not port around much and plugged most of the time, but will be used running Google Apps mostly (primarily Google Sheets) and a Microsoft Access equivalent, if I can find a good one.

        To do this work effectively and efficiently, I need a big screen preferably with high quality.

        The only reason why I need it as a laptop is that I live over 90% of my time in a hotel so I need the portability of a laptop when I vacate my room or travel. I don’t travel much – just between my worksite and home 1200 miles away and often put stuff in storage when I vacate my room.

        I have considered getting that new Chromebase with the 24-inch big screen, but the screen pixel density was less than preferred. When I travel, I can put that Chromebase in storage.

        • systemBuilder

          So you are looking for something with a bigger screen than 13.3? Have you considered and i3 or i5 Acer Chromebook 15 with Full-HD IPS screen? That is probably the closest thing to meeting your needs. I traditionally only consider Apple, Lenovo, and Chromebooks. I have given up on Lenovo stuff because they always want to design a flawed laptop! This desire to make flawed laptops has made them a non-player in the Chromebook space.

      • jfitz

        The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is great for College, I think, possibly, the best thing for a college student. I was nervous about using Chrome and having everything stored in a “cloud” based service, but I love it, and especially since excel spreadsheets are now available and the fact that a laptop is a regular life cycle of 3-4 years, Chromebooks are very good investments.

      • Michael Huff

        If you install Ubuntu on it you can do some “light” programming with it. I write with Perl on mine quite a bit and some web development.

    • . .

      get a GooglePixel

      • Vin

        I have thought about that repeatedly… But then this is what happens:
        1. There’s no equivalent of MS Access although if I understood SQLite, I’d consider that as OK.
        2. I’d like a wide screen ALTHOUGH if I can hook-up dual monitors, I would consider that.
        3. It’s a year since Google Pixel 2015 came out… I’ll wait for 2017.
        4. I’m still disturbed about Google’s inaction on a lot of privacy issues with the Chrome OS’s File Manager and Google Drive.
        5. The Chromebook keyboard needs love…. and a CAPS LOCK independent of Search (which I don’t need at all) other than for keystroke sequences.

        • Brad

          You can set the search button to be caps lock in the settings. I never use it, though.

          • Vin

            But when you do that, you lose all the other keystroke sequences that need the Search key. For instance, in Google Docs, to go to the end of the file, I believe it’s Control+Search+RightArrow. If I make Search = Caps Lock, I can’t do that anymore. And what application would I need both Caps Lock and “go to end of file” the most? Google Docs. This is just another example of how Google didn’t really think Chromebooks very well.

          • Brad

            I can count on one hand how many times I’ve needed a caps lock key. I remember when they announced that decision and basically the only time it’s used by most people is amazon reviews by people who are seeing their first computer and tweens on youtube. I understand it may be useful for other things, but is it really that hard to hold shift for a few words? And in google doc’s case – you can highlight a paragraph and tell it to do all caps if it’s really needed.

          • Vin

            I understand. However, caps lock is often vitally important when discussing things like code in formal communications. Also, power users use mice minimally, but master keystroke sequences. Still, yes, it’s not that bad to what to type holding down the shift for making capitals. Unfortunately, the amount of times I’ve needed the SEARCH key to do searches is 0; far less than the number of times you’ve needed to use the CAPS LOCK. The SEARCH key is a “solution” to a problem that did not exist. Frankly, I’d rather have them make a Delete key and move it and the SEARCH key in with the arrows. There’s room there. Then the CAPS LOCK can come back to it’s rightful place.

          • BlueThruandThru

            I redefined the ‘search’ button to ‘capslock’. The only time it is used is when I fat-finger it. Maybe the other redefinitions for the search key would be more useful?

      • Michael Huff

        Afford a Pixel! Hahahaha! But seriously, get one.

  • calden74

    Are they serious, a Celeron N3050, that is perhaps the worst Celeron processor to come out of 2015. Stay away from this ChromeBook as if it had Herpes, seriosly guys. The Asus Flip is literally 200% faster than this, which tells you a lot. I mean why Samsung, why bring out a computer with less computing power than an Atom CPU from 2013. Just ridiculous, seriously.

    • systemBuilder

      Samsung seems to always put the “not” in their notbook series of computers. The tradition comtinues with their underpowered chromebooks.

    • Anthony Tumiwa

      at least it is intel.
      i prefer intel processor though, my exynos samsung chromebook is crash/hang more often than my intel based samsung chromebook

  • Michael Huff

    eMMc. The Philistines.

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