With Mobile World Congress behind us, Samsung is shifting its focus from smartphones and smartwatches to Chromebooks.
We heard rumors late on Friday of a new Samsung Chromebook with faux-leather styling. Today, Samsung officially announced its Chromebook 2 series. Available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch configurations, Samsung's newest Chromebooks use the company's own Eynos 5 Octa processors, as well as full day battery life, and $100 of preloaded software (including Air Droid Premium, Wunderlist Pro, and LittleBridge.com).
Under the hood you're looking at a 13.2-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display and a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa clocked to 2.1 GHz with 2 MB of L2 cache with 4 GB of DDR3L RAM. There's also 16 GB of storage, a 720p HD web cam, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, MicroSD, and an 8.5 hour battery. The smaller 11.6-inch model packs a 1366 x 786 HD LED panel, an Exynos 5 Octa clocked to 1.9 GHz, 2 MB of L2 cache, and the same 4 GB of RAM. It also has 16 GB of iNAND embedded storage, a 720p web cam, and the same array of ports found in its bigger brother. The battery on this model is only rated at 8 hours, though Samsung didn't provide specifics on the size of the battery in each model. The 11.5-inch model weighs under 2.5 pounds, while the 13.3-inch model weighs just shy of 3.1 pounds.
The 13.3-inch model is only available in 'Luminous Titan Gray' (pictured up top), while the smaller 11.6-inch version of the Chromebook 2 will be available in 'Jet Black' and 'Classic White.' Both will be out next month. The 11.6-inch version will set you back $320, while the bigger 13.3-inch model is priced at $400. No word on international availability just yet, but we'll keep you posted on that front!
[UPDATE] Samsung has let us know that the battery size is 30 Wh and 36.5 Wh in the 11.6- and 13.3-inch models, respectively.