Samsung’s showing for Android devices seems to be weaker than previous years for CES, but the Korean giant continues to show its love and support for Google Play with the introduction of two new Chromebooks – the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. In true Samsung evolution, this years’ line of Chromebooks forges a new accessory that has long been a staple with the company. Before we get into what exactly that is, let’s first briefly go through what’s new with these Chromebooks.

Aesthetically, they share the same design, body, and specs, with the exception that the Plus harnesses an ARM processor – while the Pro gets treated to the more powerful Intel Skylake processor (Intel core m3). Exceptionally svelte, they hardly pack any sort of heft, which makes them the perfect companion if you plan on traveling light. Even though there’s that stigma of Chromebooks being built inferiorly, there’s none of that “cheapness” attached to the designs. They feel sufficiently solid, especially for Chromebooks that feature convertible designs.

In fact, their 360-degree rotating designs allow them to quickly go from your typical laptop form-factor to a tablet with one quick movement. Speaking of tablet, these new Chromebooks take a page out of Samsung’s Note series – wherein it comes with a pressure sensitive stylus for jotting down notes, drawing, and much more. Unlike some other styli from the competition, the pen is safely tucked away into the Chromebook’s chassis when it’s not being used. We tried it out, which works intuitively with the pre-installed Google Keep app, allowing us to even search for notes via keywords.

The versatility in these two new Chromebooks can also be found in the way that they can now access more apps than ever before, thanks to the availability of Google Play for additional app downloads. Sure, it might not exceed the workhorses in the PC arena, but for those times when you need some light productivity work accomplished, these new Chromebooks will more than suffice. And oh yeah, they both also feature 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 touchscreen LED displays, making them even more useful than previous Chromebooks.

Chromebooks in general continue to have this unfavorable stigma when they’re pitted against Windows 10 laptops/convertibles, but their affordable prices make them attractive. For these two Samsung Chromebooks, they certainly package in a bunch more goodies than your usual Chromebook, so to some degree, they can be more valuable than an entry-level Windows 10 device. Certainly don’t count these two out, even more given the goodies that they pack along.

The specs between the two are pretty much identical, featuring 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, two USB Type-C ports, headphone out/mic in ports, keyboards, clickpads, and pretty much the same weights. The only exception, like we first mentioned, is that the Plus is powered by an ARM-based chipset – whereas the Pro leverages an Intel Core m3 processor. Pricing for the Samsung Chromebook Plus is $449 and will begin to go on sale at major retailers in February. Meanwhile, the Samsung Chromebook Pro will come out later in the spring with an unspecified price point, but most certainly more than the Plus.

John Velasco
Storyteller, ongoing health nut, persistent complainer of running, & religious flosser.
  • Sovat Oung

    If it’s under $400, I will try this beast.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      It’s $449 for the plus, which is already a very generous price. Something of this caliber will definitely not be less than $400.

      • V-Phuc

        Price will be a big dilemma for Chromebooks. Less than $400, that’s OK. Anything approaching 500 or above, people may prefer a PC laptop for better productivity. My 2 cents. So, it may be a hard sell for the Pro even with the stylus, which is wonderful IMO.

  • Set back to samsung for s7 notebook has bounced back with this chromebook plus launch. Let see what the reviews have to about this.

  • Kenny Rousseau

    I just need to hear about both’s performance compared to the R13 and I’m set to make my choice

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    Worth every penny, but still not something I would buy unless I planned to do some traveling. It would be perfect for vacation or work trips. It’s not even that much more expensive than some crappy Android tablets you can buy (including some from Samsung).

    • disqusdeeznuts

      I have the Tab S and have started looking into a portable Chromebook as a replacement. I don’t have a PC at home (just a work laptop) and use the tablet in my lap to surf. Every now and then I just want a little more size, a keyboard, and power for some of my searching