Samsung, an early adherent to the Chromebook philosophy of minimalist hardware notebooks for schools that use Google’s Chrome OS software, has a new generation of systems coming out. The Chromebook 2 family has 11.6- and 13.3-inch members that are powered by Samsung’s new Exynos Octa 5 8-core processor and come with 16GB of storage space and 4GB of RAM. They each have padded vinyl covers with retro edge stitching that can protect the systems from damage.
While the 13-inch system weighs 3.1-pounds and has a 1,920 by 1,080 HD screen, the smaller 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 weighs in at 2.5-pounds and sports a 1,366 by 768 display. Unfortunately, neither have touch-screens. The two systems will cost $319 and $399 when they become available next month. The good news for schools who have invested in the current 11.6-inch model is that it will continue to be sold for $250.