Samsung is showing off a pair of new budget Chromebooks — and truth be told: they seem pretty decent!

Buyers can’t budge for low-end Chromebooks these days, with identikit device after identikit device boasting mediocre internals for a low price and little else.

Oh, and seriously thick bezels.

Samsung, who have form with budget devices, clearly knew it had to do something different it its latest low-priced portable was to stand out from the crowd.

And, lo: the Samsung Chromebook 4+ (we’ll get to the ‘plus’ in a moment) sports thin bezels around its able 15.6-inch screen. Most Chromebooks in this price bracket tend to have thick borders around their screens, but not here.

Both the Samsung Chromebook 4+ and the smaller Samsung Chromebook 4 are in a platinum colour and, Samsung say, have passed eight military-grade tests for durability.

“The Samsung Chromebook 4 line is a testament to what can be achieved when you’re focused on pushing the boundaries of convenience and value for computers,” General Manager at Samsung Electronics America, Alanna Cotton, is quoted as saying.

“Given the tremendous response to the Chromebook 3, we worked hard to maintain the features our consumers loved, while still making great strides in design, performance, and user experience with the Chromebook 4 and 4+.”

Samsung Chromebook 4 Specs & Price

The Samsung Chromebook 4 and Samsung Chromebook 4+ is powered by an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU (a dual-core chip running at 1.10 GHz).

Models are available with 4GB RAM and a 32GB eMMC or 6GB RAM and a 64GB eMMC.

The Samsung Chromebook 4 is an 11.6-inch device priced at $229. The Samsung Chromebook 4+ is a fair bit larger, boasting a 15.6-inch screen. Despite the larger screen the Samsung Chromebook 4+ costs a rather svelte $299.

Thin and light, the Samsung Chromebook 4 weighs 2.6 pounds, while the Samsung Chromebook 4+ weighs 3.75 pounds.

Both devices go on sale in the United States from early October, available at Bestbuy.com and from the Samsung USA website:

View the Samsung Chromebook 4 on Samsung.com View the Samsung Chromebook 4+ on Samsung.com

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