Do you like the idea of the Chrome OS devices but feel that they are too expensive? Google has just announced a new Samsung Chromebook that might be right up your alley. The new 11.6-inch Chrome OS laptop runs on an ARM processor and manages a very affordable price tag of just $249.

Keep in mind that Samsung had to make a few concessions to reach such a budget-friendly price. Switching to ARM is one of these changes. While you might not get an Intel processor, you do get a very capable 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor. Another potential downside is the lack of larger built-in storage with only 16GB internal memory. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, a battery that lasts 6.5+ hours, micro-SD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, mic/headphone and a full-sized keyboard. As for the display, it has a resolution of 1366 x 768.

What Samsung is offering here isn’t a powerhouse, but that’s not the point. The 2012 Samsung Chromebook’s low price and portable design makes it a perfect fit for those that do most of their content creation, storage and gaming via the web. The Chromebook is also very thin and light, with a thickness of 0.8-inches and weight of 2.43 pounds. You might be thinking that there are Android devices that offers comparable functionality, all while giving you access to tons of Android apps. This is true and is a good point. On the other hand, devices like those in the Transformer line might do a similar job, but they are also much more expensive.

The latest Chromebook gives us a good idea of what to expect in future Chrome OS-based devices. Cloud-computing is here to stay and presenting consumers with this kind of pricing is key to the success of the platform. Does the idea of a $249 Chromebook based on the Exynos 5 entice you at all?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • This price point makes Chromebooks more attractive, but it isn’t exactly clear to me why Samsung couldn’t sell these things with Android instead.

    • Kassim

      Because Chrome OS still exists…it was developed for this specific purpose after all.

      If they married Android and Chrome OS together in the near future, then they would put that hybrid there. Otherwise, Google would be admitting complete and utter defeat on the Chrome OS front if it didn’t flog Chromebooks with it on. It’s not ready to do that just yet.

      Either way, there’s probably a dev out there who’s thinking exactly the same thing as you are and so, expect to see an unofficial “Android 4 for Chromebook” in the wild fairly soon…

      • Conner Rhoads

        I really don’t understand why Google is so resistant to the idea that Android could become a viable desktop OS with a few tweaks.

        ChromeOS is having a hard time catching on, yet Android is familiar to a lot of people today, a pretty good OS and really makes the transition between desktop and mobile seamless.

        It’s really a pitty, I could see Google making a real push to unseat Microsoft if they got real serious about Android as a desktop OS.

        • SPM

          I think it is because they are different paradigms. The Android is a stateful machine that is a personal device that runs apps locally and stores data locally and is designed around touchscreens. The Chromebook is a stateful device which is shareable and runs apps and stores data on a server, and is designed for keyboard and mouse input. If Android runs on Chromebooks, it will have to run on the server if the advantages of statelessness of Chromebooks are to be preserved.

  • Don’t forget 100GB free on Google Drive for 2 years.

  • Honestly, I am in need of a new laptop. This one had me interested but the price point initially was hard to chew. Now, with it at $249, it’s is definitely in the running.
    I tend to only use cloud for storage anyway and any other program I’d like to use, you can use on and Chromebook. I’ve almost just convinced myself while writing here.

  • gils001

    This makes me want to learn a little more about chrome os

  • Conner Rhoads

    Am I the only one who thinks to himself that it’s a little nuts to force ChromeOS on this puppy?

    I’d like to see this thing with Android.