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March 17, 2014

Samsung Follows Up its Original Chromebook with Two New Models

It was tough to say whether or not Chrome OS would become a success back when the first devices running Google’s largely cloud-based platform started popping up. However, it seemed that Google had stumbled onto the right formula with the release of the Samsung Chromebook in 2012. Running on ARM and costing a mere $250, the device surely seemed a recipe for success.

Fast forward roughly a year and a half and it seems it was a success as Samsung Canada has announced not one, but two follow ups to the original Chromebook. Dubbed the Chromebook 2 Series, the line of compact laptops is available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch configurations, with each offering its own benefits.

Starting with the 11.6-inch model, it mirrors the original in more ways than its screen size. For starters, it also offers 2GB of RAM — as well as a 4GB option — as well as the same 1366 x 768 display resolution. It mixes things up, however, with a new design — the same faux stitched leather found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — and a new processor, Samsung’s latest energy-efficient Exynos 5 Octa Quad.

The 13.3-inch model, meanwhile, ups its game with a 1080p display and optimization for Google+ Hangouts messaging and video calling thanks to enhanced audio quality, high-power speakers and a noise-reducing array microphone. As such, it falls in line nicely with Chrome OS’ recent focus on conferencing.

"Following the success of our first Chromebook, which will continue into 2014, we are excited to be launching these three new Chromebook 2 models that improve on all of the design and performance elements that Canadians loved about our first iteration and enable users to Play More, Do More, Share More," said Paul Brannen, senior VP of Enterprise and Mobile Solutions at Samsung Canada, in a statement.

According to Samsung Canada, all models in the Chromebook 2 Series line will be available next month “at major retailers.”

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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