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

by: Andrew GrushDecember 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?

  • Wavefunction Collapse

    The only thing that was holding me back from Chromebooks was the poor resolutions.

    • AndroidBoss

      Yeah the resolution is the only bad thing. Everything else is more than perfect.

      • Zacisblack

        You realize people are different right?

        • AndroidBoss

          Thank you for stating the obvious.

    • Paul M

      I still find it strange that people buy laptops with screens over 15″ large and yet have 1366×768; I’d never settle for less than 1080p on a screen that size.
      I firmly believe consumer ignorance allows many companies to maintain their profits by selling low spec equipment masquerading as high.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      The majority of Windows laptops have equal or lower pixel densities… and there’s also the Chromebook Pixel, which has the highest pixel density in a computer (though I can see if you’re not willing to pay that much for it).

    • Jusephe

      I would’t be so excited… Samsung sells their hi-res things at pretty overpriced costs… Galaxy note 10.1 550 bucks and pretty similar hardware to this. Bigger screen adds cost, keyboard ads cost… It wouldn’t be under 550 dollars I think.

      But if they use exactly the same average screen from note 10.1. (2014) I wouldn’t be excited at all about this.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        But is this priced by Google or Samsung? The Nexus 10 has a 1600×2560 screen and is made by Samsung but costs $399.

  • Cal Rankin

    Hope ChromeOS evolves more to do more offline. Once it can run more intensive applications, there’s a point to more specs. At the moment, lower-to-middling specs are just fine for a Chromebook

  • KingofPing


    I mean…we can get one with a touchscreen now for $299.

  • Shark Bait

    Oooo I have been waiting for this, my Samsung chrome book is amazing ! I just wish it had a little more grunt!

  • Brian Dong Min Kim

    Wait, I bought the note 10.1 2014 edition, its 300$ more cheaper, yet it has similar specs? Fuck that.

    • MasterMuffin

      Note 10.1 costs -50$? :P

      • Adam Koueider

        He definitely got a good deal.

        • MasterMuffin

          I’d say so :D

      • Brian Dong Min Kim

        550-300=250. Sorry if it was confusing.

  • Driingx

    I would like to see more popular apps in the web store. And the office apps should accesible offline. That’s a big minus point.
    It would also be great if they make a online Android Studio Version to program in the cloud!

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Google Drive already works offline…

    • needa

      with these latest laptop scores. i would think every major app developer would be getting on the chromeos bandwagon.

  • Paul M

    note that just because Samsung aren’t unveiling it, doesn’t mean to say Google won’t?!?!

  • apianist16

    Specs like that would make me consider buying it. Really, everything you do these days is on the web, so ChromeOS really makes sense, if you have good bandwidth.

  • Jayfeather787

    Great price.

  • Adam Koueider

    Definitely picking this up if the rumors are true!

  • Nickan Fayyazi

    Please no Exynos, I’d much rather an Intel processor.

  • Rmcrys

    I really don’t know what to do with such computer where everything depends on high speed internet which is, most of the times, limited except at home, and also no real powerful apps / games or multimedia converting capabilities. A computer just to watch YouTube, a couple of movies and search the web? For a little more you buy an iPad Air / Mini 2 / Nexus 10 plus Bluetooth keyboard and you have a powerful device with top of the line offline apps, games and still decent productivity apps!

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      For twice as much, not “a little more”… also, this depends on your individual use cases… I don’t know anyone who uses their laptop outside of places that have Wi-Fi.

    • LS650

      Where I live, you can’t walk more than a block without finding free wifi.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    oh gawd 16-32 GB ??? we call this progress?? apologists say we don’t need SD cards in phones because they don’t fit. but how could u not fit more space in a freaking laptop? this is just a blatant push to send us to the cloud.

    • LS650

      How much storage do you need? I have all my documents, hundreds of photos, home videos, sitting in about five gigabytes of storage.

      • Arturo Raygoza

        it isn’t a matter of how much one needs, but how much one wants.

        there is a difference here and everywhere where these debates are taking place and one thing no one can seem to grasp is that we have a fundamentally different view in our ideologies.

        for example you can walk on a rocky hill wearing a cut up used tire as a shoe while I prefer having hiking shoes and socks.

        no one said it wasn’t possible, we just choose to have something more adequate comfortable and fitting.

        • LS650

          I agree – we do have a fundamentally different view in our ideologies.

  • Chromeboy

    I’m posting from an Acer C710 Chromebook I got with a Groupon for $129. My point? Chromebooks should be cheap, the cheaper the better. Beyond that, who cares what’s under the hood? Most folks who’re going to buy a Chromebook sure won’t.

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