Today, Samsung unveiled the Chromebook 2 series, its next generation of laptops based on Google’s Chrome operating system.
Due out in April, the line consists of two models: An 11.6-inch version for $320 and a 13.3-inch model for $400. The biggest difference between the two, aside from size, is that the latter offers a 1,920 by 1,080-pixel display, while the 11.6-inch version has a 1,366 by 768-pixel screen.
The Chromebook 2 brings a host of improvements over Samsung’s last model, which came out in 2012. First, the laptops are now equipped with a faster octa-core processor from Samsung, which promises better multitasking and a smoother multimedia experience.
With a 16 gigabyte flash drive and 4GB of onboard memory, Samsung claims that the laptop can wake up in less than a second and cold boot in less than 10 seconds. Battery life gets a boost from 6.5 hours to an estimated 8.5 hours (8 hours for the 11.6-inch Chromebook 2).
Samsung also brought over some design elements from the Galaxy Note 3 to the Chromebook 2, as laptops now feature a faux leather lid, with stitching around the edges. Both models of the Chromebook 2 are equipped with two USB ports (USB 2.0 and USB 3.0), an HDMI port, headphone jack and SD card memory slot
Like many Chromebooks, the Chromebook 2 was designed with students and teachers in mind, though the company hopes that many families will also adopt it as a secondary computer for the household. Chromebooks started to gain some ground in 2013, accounting for 21 percent of all commercial preconfigured notebook sales through November 2013.