Google have formally announced the release of Samsung’s new Chromebook and Chromebox devices, both of which are available to order from today.

The new computers are said by Google to be almost three times faster than the original Chromebooks released last year.

Both devices come with the latest iteration of ChromeOS, which sports a revamped interface and many new features.

Samsung Chromebook and Chromebox

Hardware Specifications

Of the devices themselves, Google’s Linus Upson says:

“[There is] support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience.” 

The sleeker, silver looking Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook sports beefier specs than its predecessor: –

  • Intel Celeron 867 Processor @ 1.3Ghz
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • 12.1″ display
  • Webcam
  • Wifi
  • USB 2.0 x2
  • Displayport++
  • 2 x 2w Speakers
  • Microphone/headphone jack

The Samsung Chromebox is super small and super light. It comes with: –

  • 4GB of RAM
  • Intel Celeron B840 processor @ 1.9Ghz
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 16GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • DisplayPort x2
  • DVI out
  • USB 2.0 x6
  • Microphone/headphone jack
  • Integrated mono speakers

ChromeOS + Aura

As great as the new hardware is it’s going to be ChromeOS that makes or breaks these devices.

The good news is that the revamped the UI, designed to resemble a traditional computer set up, makes for a marked improvement on workflow and multi-tasking.

Indeed, anyone using the ‘Aura shell’ on an older Chromebook will know that the improvements made to ChromeOS 20+ run far deeper than looks.

Attention has also been paid to ensuring that there are features within ChromeOS that don’t require you to hunt down a web app or, like many early ChromeOS users did, assumed there is no support for a specific function.

To this end there is an improved video player, enhanced image editor, and a file-manager that is logical in its layout.

They all sound trivial on their own but they all go a long way towards making ChromeOS ‘feel’ like a proper operating system replacement and not just a innovative gimmick.

Buy Chromebooks

Both the new Chromebook and Chromebox can be ordered today from a range of online retailers (location dependent).

The Chromebox retails for $329. The Samsung Series 5 550  Chromebook sells for $549.

Head over to the Chromebook web-page and click on the ‘buy now’ button to find a stockist near you.

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