To many, Google and Samsung are two companies that go hand-in-hand, mostly because Samsung is the world’s biggest manufacturer of Android phones. It’s only fitting, then, that Google has picked Samsung to produce a new Chromebook. The idea behind it is still to give consumers a speedy browser-only laptop, but it appears that this new device brings a number of changes over Chromebooks of the past.
The biggest change is the price, as this new Chromebook will only cost $249, which is a far cry from the $449 price tag Chromebooks used to sport. Google was able to bring the price down so much because of the changes it made to internal hardware. The new Chromebook comes running an Exynos 5 Dual ARM processor, something our friends at SlashGear point out leads to a Chromebook with no fans and no moving parts at all.
Aside from the processor, you’ll be working with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You’ve got a 11.6-inch screen running at 1366×768 resolution, along with two USB ports and an HDMI-out port. The whole package comes it at 2.5 pounds and is only 0.8 inches thick, so this new Chromebook will be keeping with the current trend of super-portable laptops.
The changes stop at hardware and pricing, which means that you shouldn’t expect any significant differences in the software. If you pick one of these up, Google will give you 100GB of free Drive storage, though this promotion also applies to any other Samsung Chromebooks currently on the market. If this has caught your eye, you’ll be pleased to know that pre-orders open today, and Samsung’s new Chromebook goes on sale next Monday. Are you picking one up?