Samsung Chromebook 2 now official, brings two screen sizes and octa-core CPU

by: Andrew GrushMarch 3, 2014


The Samsung Chromebook 2 has now arrived, bringing us greatly improved specs, a faux leather design, and two different versions: a 11.6-inch model with a 1377×768 resolution, and a bigger 13.3-inch model with a full HD resolution (1920×1080).

There are a few other differences between the two Samsung Chromebook 2 variants in addition to their sizes and resolutions. The 13.3-inch model is powered by a 2.1GHz Exynos 5 octa-core CPU and has a battery that’s rated for 8.5 hours of use, all in a package that weighs 3.09 pounds. Meanwhile, the smaller version gets a 1.6Ghz Exynos 5 octa-core, 8 hours of battery life and is lighter at 2.43 pounds.

Aside from this, both models have 4GB RAM, 16GB local storage, 100GB Google Drive storage, USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI out, 720p webcam and microSD.


The new Samsung Chromebook 2 series is without a doubt a pretty big jump up from the last-gen Chromebook series. On the downside, they are also a bit pricier. The new Chromebooks will begin shipping in April, with the 13.3-inch model coming in black and white, priced at $399.99. The 11.6-inch variant will be available solely in gray with a price of $319.99.

What do you think of the latest Chromebook 2 devices, interested or not?

  • Brendon Brown

    Faux leather laptop … Just why …

    • Mayoo

      Because Samsung, that’s why.

    • AndroidBoss

      Why not? Lol.

      • Brendon Brown

        IMO I thought it really complemented the Note 3 and those tabs. They were a buying point to me, but on a laptop. I dunno .. :D

        • AndroidBoss

          Brings something new to the market, always nice to see change.

        • Dimitar Gospodinov

          Doesn’t look bad at all…But every single device released with a faux letter back makes the Note 3 more and more unremarkable…maybe that is the biggest downside…

    • MrMagoo

      I’m guessing they must have had a lot of extra material from the note. Sure we’ll just use it ummmmmmm here! :-)

  • AndroidBoss

    Soon we’re gonna get faux leather TV’s from Samsung.

    • Bone

      What’s the problem with that? $5000 professional cameras have faux leather finish. It’s nice to the touch and light to the bag.

      • AndroidBoss

        Didn’t say it’s a problem, just making a joke.

    • MasterMuffin


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        • Jayfeather787

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          • Momo

            Nailed it.

          • Dimitar Gospodinov

            That escalated quickly…LOL

  • Bone

    Not a bad deal, quite a capable office laptop for $400, and 1080p screen at this price range is an extra. ARM architecture should solidly outlast x86 in battery life.

  • AndroidBoss

    Nice to see Chromebooks becoming more premium.

  • guitarguy23

    Maybe I’m just naive, but why do Chromebooks need 8 cores? But seriously….can someone explain? Maybe I don’t understand what Chromebooks are capable of.

    • MasterMuffin

      Because it’s an ARM processor. It’s not like it’s an Intel Xeon :D

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        yeah the Xeon alone costs around the price of the Chromebook LOL

    • Groud Frank

      The Exynos 5 Octa essentially has two quad-core processors housed on the same board and arranged in ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration. A less powerful Cortex A7 processor and a more powerful Cortex A15. The less powerful processor will handle the lighter tasks while the more powerful processor will handle the more intensive tasks. Chrome OS doesn’t need to be optimized for 8 core processors with the 5 Octa because most time only 1 of the 2 quad-core processors is active. The Exynos 5 Octa has a feature called HMP (Heterogenous Multi-Processing) which allows the use of both processors and more than 4 cores at once but that doesn’t make it a true octa core processor IMO. At any rate Chrome OS is essentially a browser, Google Chrome, masquerading as an Operating System. I can’t imagine it will be too hard for Google to optimize it for an octa core processor or a big.LITTLE based processor capable of HMP.

      • Chrome OS is morphing into something at least a little more sophisticated than its beginnings. And also, the Android and Chrome groups are doing some joint work already (I’ve read – and think they were talking up some larger long-term plans).

        That caveat aside, since you seem knowledgeable, given that Chrome OS processes are already sandboxed, isn’t it fairly easy for Google to optimize using all the cores for those already???

        PS: Google’s plans do run large. Much of the dev work on Chrome OS is making its way into the browser as well, including a number of “browser apps” (glorified plug-ins more or less as I understand them).

        So rather than Chrome remaining “a browser masquerading as an OS” as you described it, I think it’s more the case that the Chrome browser is rather becoming “a [virtualized] OS masquerading as a browser.”

        And so becoming a guest OS residing on top of both Windows and Macs….

        … Or at least that that’s part of Google’s strategic vision…..

        …..think about it…..

        • Groud Frank

          “So rather than Chrome remaining “a browser masquerading as an OS” as you described it, I think it’s more the case that the Chrome browser is rather becoming “a [virtualized] OS masquerading as a browser.””…. Wow, I definitely didn’t look at it from that angle. I think you are on to something sir. My desktop already has a Chrome-esk look. I pinned the Google apps from the Chrome app launcher that came with an Alpha build of Chrome to the task bar. That is one hell of a Trojan horse strategy Google is using. I completely missed it!

  • cycad007

    Sorry but I’d rather get a true laptop at this ($400) price point. Chromebook doesn’t offer any perceivable advantage here against Windows/OS X/Linux/etc..

    • Ivan Myring

      Install linux with chroot

    • schala

      true that. this one is also ARM powered, compatible apps & OS will be limited. for ex. wine didn’t run on ARM.
      I’ll reconsider this if priced below $200. in any case, better pick a x86 chromebook with upgradable SSD.

    • 1920 x 1280 Winbooks with 8+ hrs of battery life under $400 in a 3# package are pretty rare birds (to say the least)…. …so compare like to like if you’re quoting a “price point,” or you’re not really making a…. …point.

      And if a prospective user who can get what they need out of one and don’t live in the sticks, the small on-board storage isn’t a big differentiator you can throw back as counter-argument. Google’s betting that on-board storage is gradually becoming close to archaic as optical drives and floppies before them are already.

      And if they’re right, complaining about that is like saying your SUV doesn’t come with a hand crank.

      So if it meets your use case (even as a second machine), the 13″er’s not a bad value proposition.

      When people talk about whether or not they can get “real work” done in the field with a tablet and keyboard cover, the discussion almost never includes Chromebooks. Meanwhile, thinking of my own need for a fling-around light enough to lug machine, I do include Chomebooks when considering all the available tabs.

  • Heisenberg

    Its beautiful, and looks like kinda like an ultra book! But mobile devices make Chrome OS devices almost irrelevant.

    • Unless you’re using one where being more proficient with a permanent KB and touchpad is important – and you’re doin’ lots of long form writing or “figgerin’…”

      Then they begin to make quite a bit of sense.

  • Shark Bait

    If it wasn’t for the faux leather I would buy.
    Loved my original Sammy chrome book!!

  • Groud Frank

    It looks great however I’ll never pay $400 for a Chromebook.

  • apianist16

    ChromeOS and Chromebooks just got a whole lot more interesting.

  • Jayfeather787

    I kind of want an actual hard drive at least 500 GB please. I love SSDs and all, but 16 GB is not enough for me. Then I can put Ubuntu on it and put the 8 cores (4 cores) to the test.

    • They didn’t build it for you to put Ubuntu on it – they’re developing a new mobile keyboarded device metaphor that relies on cloud storage and apps – and lots of data collection for Big G.

      It is reasonable to expect the onboard storage to go to 32GB when more “Chrome apps” that promise more off-line functionality get released though…..

      …meanwhile go build or buy your traditional rig that assumes lots of under-the-hood data storage is the way to build ’em.

      • Jayfeather787

        Yeah I know that. Still, Ubuntu is nice. I know Chrome OS is designed for mostly web browsing, and I love it for what it does. I have no real problem with using Google Drive, I use it, and it’s awesome. I think my comment was a little off, I broke my brain from an earlier post (up). I do want to see though, how this processor performs on Windows, MAC, and Ubuntu. Just curios. 16 GB is enough for Ubuntu though. No problem. I haven’t used up much on my current hard drive, I think 1.2 GB is what I have used up. I don’t really need much.

  • Momo

    11″ with FHD would be okay.

  • Ernie

    You say its pricier…the original chrome book launched at $299 so thats $20 more ~7% increase … That’s nothing!

  • Justin Williams

    Looks like everything from Samsung will come in leather now… Brace yourselves for the leather era of 2014 onwards!!

  • jamie

    Samsung, why so expensive? 11 inch should have stayed the same as last gen, maybe slightly higher. 13 inch should be 300-350$.

    Samsung: “because profit”

  • V-Phuc

    I like the increase screen resolution in their 13-inch chromebook. About time! Although thought the current resolution sucks, especially coming from a MacBook Pro, or even a MacBook Air. Not an Apple fanboy by any stretch of imagination, but I believe an increase in display resolution will attract more people. I can certainly shell out ~$400 for that.