exynosePlanning to upgrade from the first-gen Samsung Chromebook to the latest, 8-core version? If so, you’re in for a big jump in power according to Samsung.

The South Korean tech company says the comparative computing prowess of the Octa processor featured in its latest range of Chromebooks against the 2012 model will deliver  a ‘125% increase in computing performance’ to users, with multimedia performance being 2x as good.

“Compared to Exynos 5 Dual, our new Exynos 5 Octa application processors deliver up to 125 percent increase in computing and two times the multimedia performance. This enables designers to develop leading-edge products with significantly improved battery life.” —Samsung 

Being built around processors from the Exynos 5 Octa family of processors, and sporting more RAM, the Samsung Chromebook 2 will deliver a better experience than its predecessor. But how much better? That remains less clear. Benchmarks run by third-parties show only modest gains.

The 11.6-inch model features eight-cores in a big.LITTLE™ processor configuration: four powerful ARM Cortex A15 ‘big’ cores clocked at 1.9GHz and four less powerful, but power efficient Cortex A7 ‘little’ cores tuned to 1.3GHz. The 13.3-inch models feature the same processor, but with the big cores clocked at 2.0GHz, with the little side speeding along at 1.3GHz.

Cores from both sets can be used as and when needed to deliver efficient handling of multitasking and multiple processes. This means that the Octa range of Chromebooks will cope better with heavier loads, more tabs open, handle JavaScript-heavy websites with ease, and improve the responsiveness of the entire OS.

125% better? We’ll have to wait for the first batch of user reviews to see if that claim can be backed up in real world usage.

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