Chromebook options are plentiful, but finding one of the more recently announced ones can be hard considering there are so many of them. And getting one of the new Chromebooks can be beneficial because you know it will be supported for longer, chances are it comes with newer specs, and you might get more for your money. This is why we have put together a list of the best new Chrome OS computers available in the market.
Those looking for the very best Chrome OS laptops can also take a look at our general recommendations.
The best new Chromebooks:
- Samsung Galaxy Chromebook (2020)
- Asus Chromebook Flip C436
- Lenovo Chromebook Duet
- Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
- HP Pro C645 Chromebook Enterprise
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best new Chromebooks regularly as new ones launch.
1. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung isn’t a stranger to Chrome OS, but its new iteration is easily one of its most premium offerings to date. The 2020 Samsung Galaxy Chromebook offers a gorgeous design (especially in the Fiesta Red variant), and features a 4K AMOLED panel with a 16:9 ratio. It even comes with Ambient EQ technology to automatically adjust brightness and color temperature levels based on ambient light. Other features include a built-in stylus, Wi-Fi 6 support, dual-cameras, and a 10th generation Intel processor.
While you might not think of Chrome OS as the perfect platform for digital artists, Samsung is also including specialized software designed to make the most out of the stylus. While this probably won’t cut it for more professional types, it’s a great option for amateurs.
Basically, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook feels a lot like a Pixelbook rival, and it has a high price to match.
2. Asus Flip C436
This year’s Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is a great contender when it comes to new Chromebooks. The Flip features the same 360-degree hinge design seen in prior Flip models. This allows you to use it in a number of ways, such as tablet mode, tent mode, and traditional laptop mode. The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is quite a looker, featuring a 14-inch “frameless NanoEdge touch display” for maximum screen size on a small frame. The body is made of magnesium alloy and weighs only 2.4 pounds.
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Under the hood, the Flip C436 has plenty of power for a Chrome OS device, featuring a 10th generation Intel Core processor and 16GB RAM. Other specs include a 512GB SSD, WiFi 6 support, an integrated fingerprint sensor, a 42Wh battery, and four omnidirectional speakers. Port selection is about average for a Chromebook — you get two USB 3.2 Type-C ports and a microSD card slot. While it doesn’t include a stylus, the new flip also supports USI-compatible styluses (with support up to 4,095 levels of pressure).
3. Lenovo Chromebook Duet
At first glance, you might think you’re looking at the now-retired Google Pixel Slate, but this is actually one of Lenovo’s new Chrome OS devices. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is more of a tablet/convertible than a typical laptop. You can switch from laptop to tablet modes thanks to the included keyboard dock.
The Duet ships with a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T with an ARM Mali G73 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage (a 128GB version is available). It’s pretty affordable, yet comes with a good screen and great battery life. We’re not fans of the keyboard and performance could be better, but we can’t complain much considering the price is under $300.
4. Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
Many would argue the Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet is like a ruggedized Duet, and they would be right. This is one of Lenovo’s school-focused new Chromebooks, so it needed a tougher body.
Specs are very similar, though, as is the price. It comes with a Mediatek 8183 processor, a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage.
5. HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise
Those looking to get down to business have a great option from HP, and it’s definitely among the best new Chromebooks you can get. The HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise says enough with its name. It’s a serious machine with serious specs.
You can get up to an AMD Ryzen 7, as well as Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3, and other lower-end chipsets. RAM memory goes up to 16GB, and storage can be upgraded up to 128GB. Customers will get a nice 14-inch display that comes in HD and Full HD variants, and you can also choose whether you want a touchscreen. This is an awesome option. It’s not available quite yet, but you can sign up to get notified when it’s available, and it should be available any day now.