As other companies roll out ultra-affordable Chromebooks, Samsung is making Chrome OS devices that are on the premium side.
The Chromebook Plus (V2) is proof of that. Samsung retooled the specs of this Chromebook to include an Intel-made processor, two cameras, a more high-end design. These improvements were made while keeping the price identical to last year’s Chromebook Plus from the South Korean company.
Samsung went with a 2-in-1 again, meaning the Chromebook Plus still doubles as a laptop and a tablet. Chrome OS is made for laptops, but the ability to download and install Android apps makes tablet mode incredibly useful. Just fold back the screen, and you have a spacious 12.2-inch tablet.
It features a 12.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, Intel’s Celeron 3965Y processor, 4GB of memory, 32GB of storage, 13MP and 1MP cameras, a 39Wh battery, and stereo speakers.
There’s also a built-in stylus that can be used for taking notes or drawing, which can be handy with a bunch of Android apps.
If the design looks familiar, that’s because it resembles the Windows-based Notebook 7 Spin (2018). Samsung moved away from the 3:2 aspect on the original Chromebook Plus for a more traditional 16:9.
Since it’s running Chrome OS, you know you’ll get software updates well into the future. Google’s operating system is also extremely secure. So you won’t have to worry about being on outdated software that’s vulnerable to attacks. Everything is handled behind the scenes.
The Chromebook Plus (V2) is going to be sold by Best Buy later this month. Samsung says the electronics retailer will begin selling it on June 24 for $499, which is a little more than what the original model cost.
Based on the timing of its arrival, it looks like Samsung could also attract students who will be returning to the classroom in a few months rather than professionals alone.