The Intel-based Samsung Chromebook 2 will retail at $250 and only be available in 11.6-inch. Both the regular 11.6 HD and 13.3 FHD Exynos-powered models will remain available.
While there’s no memory bump, no increase in storage space, or even a new color option, there are some minor changes to the design of the device.
The corners and USB ports are now reinforced with metal, as is the frame behind the (still poor) LCD display. In all, the Intel Samsung Chromebook 2 is a touch thinner, at just 0.5-inches when closed.
- 11.6-inch LCD Display (1366×768)
- Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16GHz
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB SSD
- 8 hour battery life
Too Little, Too Late?
Samsung say the model is the result of listening to consumer feedback. But for most Chromebook enthusiasts the changes ringing out here will fall on deaf ears. Bigger, better quality devices from the likes of Acer and Toshiba retail at similar price points, but with more attractive specifications, better screens and in larger sizes.
Samsung insist they are still the world’s most popular seller of Chromebooks (something recent industry stats would dispute), and their retreat from European markets means this model may end up being their least successful.
Samsung say pre-orders for the Intel-based Chromebook 2 start today, and the usual online retailers should be offering it as of next week.
Will you be buying it?