Samsung's Chromebook 2 set for May release in the UK

Samsung's Chromebook 2 set for May release in the UK

Summary: Samsung will begin selling its new ARM-based Chromebooks in the UK from May, but prices are still under wraps.


Samsung's Chromebook 2 series will go on sale in the UK in May, but will customers take to the higher-priced addition to Samsung's Chrome OS-powered laptop range?

Two new Samsung devices are scheduled to hit the UK later this year: an 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch version. The 11.6-inch black Chromebook 2 will be available from 1 May, while the white version of the 11.6-inch, alongside the 13.3 inch model, will hit retailers from 12 May, Samsung UK announced today.

The new models have similar specs to their predecessor; however, they come with a new look and feel thanks to the Galaxy Note 3 inspired faux leather "stitched design" cover.

The 13.3-inch version has a full HD display at 1920x1080 pixels, while the smaller Chromebook has a resolution of 1366x768. The two devices come with Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octo processor: the 13.3-inch device having a 2.1GHz XPU while the smaller is endowed with a 1.9GHz. Both offer 16GB solid-state storage, while the larger comes with 4GB of RAM and the smaller has 2GB of RAM. 

Samsung hasn't revealed UK prices yet, however, in the US it's asking for $319.99 for the 11.6-inch device while the 13.3-inch will cost $399.99.

The original 11.6-inch Chromebook, which can be bought for £227 on Amazon UK, quickly became a hit in the US, in part because the notebook could get basic computing done at a price of $249, making it an appealing second computer or one for the kids.

Samsung in the UK previously also offered the 12.1-inch Intel Celeron based Chromebook Series 5, but the device is currently no longer available

Analysts appear to be divided over how well Chromebooks are selling. Late last year, researchers at NPD said Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptops sold in the US, while industry watcher IDC put Chromebook's market share at around one percent of PC sales globally.

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Topics: Laptops, Google, Hardware, Samsung, EU, United Kingdom

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  • I think they are both correct, but are talking about different things.

    Analysts appear to be divided over how well Chromebooks are selling: late last year, researchers NPD said Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptops sold in the US, while industry watchers IDC put Chromebook's market share at around one percent of PC sales globally.

    The NDP's 21 percent is the percentage of the commercial channel sales in US - ie sales to businesses and schools, which is about one third of the US market. No figures are available for retail outlet sales, although the numbers are likely to be broadly similar.

    I believe IDC's 1 percent is an estimate of the installed market share worldwide, which is to be expected because until very recently Chromebooks weren't sold outside the US and UK, and 98% of Chromebooks were sold in the last year after Google priced Chromebooks competitively, and actually started marketing them to schools and consumers in the US and UK. Before that Chromebook sales were limited to early adopters who were willing to pay the high prices being charged for them. Basically that 1% of the huge installed market share of the PC market has been the Chromebooks sold in the last year in the US and UK.
    • Really?

      I got my ACER C7 ( with 320 HDD) 2 years ago in Holland. Millions of students in Malaysia are using CB daily long time ago.
  • I don't see any reason to get an ARM based one,

    if you have the haswell based celeron like on the $199 Acer 720, which I have. The device is extermely quick, never gets warm and has great battery life. It gets 350 on the sunspider, which is just for reference, but it does show in the browser performance. If you run full *[u]buntu alongside, it will have more software available if its an intel processor.

    In the last few years the only other "laptop" I regularly use is a macbook air. However, that doesn't have the gestures that the chromebook does. Maybe they can be turned on but its not my macbook so I don't mess around with settings.

    Two finger swipe left or right immediately switches back or forward when browsing. Tapping the pad anywhere is a left click and two finger tap is right click. Perhaps this is common with windows laptops but I wouldn't know since I have abandoned windows (except on my desktop PC at work).
  • chrome book 5 vs chrome book 2

    Well yes I have a chromebook 5 with an intel atom chip bought in the UK for a nett £140. I'm afraid the specs of the new 11" chromebook 2 are somewhat underwhelming - the same as mine but with the new arm chip and slightly different resolution 1366 by 768 rather than 1280 by 800.
    As mine , when connected to my Sony TV gives near HD resolution on netflix films ( Breaking Bad is just stunning picture-wise) I can't see how the new resolution will improve much. In fact the present arm-powered chromebook 3 has had a few problems connecting to TVs I believe.
    As to performance the chromebook 5 is just terrific and its build quality is superb.
    Sadly it is not going to be supported from next year I hear - a shame because for me it is just perfect.