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

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.

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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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