KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung has announced another pair of mobile devices ruined by ugly faux leather casings, the firm's second generation Chromebook laptops.
In what will certainly be a nightmare for cat owners, as claws and leather are never a good combination, the Samsung Chromebook 2 range consists of a 13.3in laptop and a smaller 11.6in laptop, both with the same faux leather on their lids as seen in the company's Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet.
We've never been fans of the faux leather material that Samsung obviously likes using, as we think it looks and feels really cheap. Nevertheless, the Samsung Chromebook 2 devices build on the moderate success of the previously released Chromebook Series 3 with improved specifications.
The larger model of the two has a 1,920x1,080 resolution display and is powered by Samsung's octa-core 2.1GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor.
Although it's not the most powerful chip you could put in a laptop, Google's Chrome OS doesn't demand much performance to run well, so we can imagine that it will do the trick.
The 11in Chromebook 2 will have a 1,366x768 resolution screen but will be powered by the same processor running at a slower 1.9GHz. Both models will have 4GB of RAM.
Samsung said both models will provide users with over eight and a half hours of use from a single charge.
As standard on Chromebook devices, the Samsung Chromebook 2 will offer 16GB of internal SSD storage, which doesn't sound like much, but this will come with the option of Google cloud storage and a microSD card reader for adding space for multimedia files. There's also not a huge selection of programs to install directly onto the laptop, so limited internal storage shouldn't be a major issue anyway.
Both models will include over $100 of software and services such as smartphone syncing tool Airdroid and Wunderlist Pro for note-taking.
Samsung said that both new Chromebook models will launch in the US first, in April, for $320, or roughly £200, and $399, or around £250, for the 11in and 13in models, respectively. There's no news yet as to whether these Samsung Chromebook 2 laptops will be available in the UK. µ
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