The forthcoming Samsung Chromebook 2 features a faux-leather texturised casing — or so images leaked over the weekend appear to show.
Two tweets posted online by renowned, and reliable ‘leaker’ @evleaks point to the Korean electronics giant furnishing the refreshed Samsung Chromebook line with the same plastic-formed leather-look texture used in many of its other recent products.
The Galaxy Note 3 and TabPro tablets, and Galaxy 5 smartphone, all use the same aesthetic which is said to be a central cue to the look and feel of future Samsung products.
Despite the appearance of leather the material used is actually texturised plastic with a ‘grippy’ feel.
But are these two leaked images of a real product? Without official confirmation (or denial) from Samsung we can’t say yay or nay either way.
We do know that two new Samsung Chromebooks are on the way and that of those the 11-inch model will be available in 2 colour choices: black and white. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, the tablet that first shipped with the leather texture, is available in black and white designs.
Hardly irrefutable evidence, but something to bear in mind.
While Samsung may be aiming to evoke a high-end feel with the leather-style look, it comes off a little too “1980s” for me. I may be alone as the texture doesn’t seem to be deterring buyers: sales of the Galaxy Note 3 hit five million units in its first month on sale.
What about you: would you buy a leather-look Chromebook?