Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: Built to Magnify Creative Expressions

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2: Built to Magnify Creative Expressions

The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 will be available to purchase from Best Buy (both online and in stores) from June 24 starting at $499.99. The updates show that the company is attempting to boost the tablet functionality of the product by rolling out new tablet-friendly features, most notably a rear-facing camera. There's a 12.2-inch, 300 nit touchscreen display at 1,920 x 1080p resolution that has a 1 MP webcam in the upper bezel, and a built-in pen can be used for making handwritten notes or drawing onscreen.

You can read the full specs on the official Samsung News Blog.

Dubbed Chromebook Plus V2, the next-generation model doesn't stray too far from the size and style of the original model.

The original Samsung Chromebook Plus ran with an ARM-based hexa-core CPU, whereas the new model goes with an Intel processor - just like its Chromebook Pro sibling - albeit not a Core family CPU, but a Celeron 3965Y. It's got a convertible design to let you use the screen more like a tablet when you don't need the keyboard and comes with a stylus with its own slot that's built in to the laptop and doesn't require charging. That means that along with a lower resolution display, the panel's aspect ratio has also changed from a 3:2 to 16:10 this year.

Like the previous model, the Samsung Chromebook plus (V2) comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Premium Design, Premium Experience - designed for comfort and peace of mind, with a curved-cap keyboard built to withstand spills up to 60cc.

The new Samsung Chromebook Plus (2018) can now behave like your personal magnified camera. The front-facer is a 1-megapixel (MP) affair, with the rear camera boasting 13MP and benefiting from auto-focus. Samsung didn't provide any battery capacity information, but the internal pack is replenished through the USB-C connectors and has "all-day" life.

Chrome OS devices started getting access to Android Apps from Google's Play Store a couple years ago, and some Chromebooks have been steadily blurring the line between the two operating systems ever since.

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