Samsung reportedly preparing next-gen Chromebook: octa-core Exynos and 2560×1600 display

December 30, 2013
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It looks like Samsung could be gearing up to release a sequel to its Exynos 5 dual-powered Chromebook, at least if a new report from Business Korea proves correct.

Reportedly the next-gen Samsung Chromebook will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa 5420, a CPU that features big.LITTLE technology and has four high-performance Cortex A15 1.8GHz cores alongside four low-power Cortex A7 1.3GHz cores. The device is also believed to have a 12-inch (or larger) display with a resolution of 2560×1600, 3GB RAM, 16-32GB storage, and a Mali-T628 GPU.

Like the first-gen model, the 2014 edition of the Samsung Chromebook will be priced around the $250 mark. What’s not as clear is when we will see the device officially unveiled. While the report mentions that industry insiders expect the laptop to debut at CES, Samsung has denied the possibility by stating they have no plans to unveil any laptops at CES. Either way, we imagine that such a device will likely debut sometime in the first few months of 2014 — though keep in mind that Samsung has yet to confirm that the handset even exists.

If the reported specs  are true, the Samsung Chromebook sounds like a great solution for those looking for a low-cost laptop for (mostly) web-based applications — though here’s to hoping that Samsung opts for a higher-quality LCD display in similar move to the HP Chromebook 11.

For those in the market for a Chromebook, would you be interested in an ARM-powered next-gen Samsung Chromebook or would you rather stick to something powered by an Intel x86 CPU?

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