While Chromebooks might not necessarily be as popular compared to regular laptops, they are slowly starting to catch on, thanks largely to its affordable price tag and its simplistic use which is great for people that don’t need to do a lot on their computers.
Now earlier this month, Samsung announced the Chromebook 2 series which is naturally an upgrade over its predecessor, but exactly how much of an upgrade can you expect? Is the upgrade big enough to warrant you to upgrade, or perhaps enough for a non-Chromebook user to give it a go?
Well according to Samsung, the answer is a (unsurprising) yes because they are boasting that with the Chromebook 2, the boost in performance will be a whopping 125%. According to Samsung’s Dr. Kyushik Hong, vice president of System LSI marketing, “Compared to Exynos 5 Dual, our new Exynos 5 Octa application processors deliver up to 125 percent increase in computing and two times the multimedia performance.”
He also adds that thanks to the use of the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, “This enables designers to develop leading-edge products with significantly improved battery life.” Of course all of this will only matter to those who plan to use their Chromebooks for slightly more intensive applications, but if you’re mainly using it for productivity like word processing and surfing, the differences might not be so apparent.
For those who might have missed our coverage earlier, the Samsung Chromebook 2 series will come in two different models, an 11.6-inch model and a 13.3-inch model.
The smaller Chromebook will feature an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four cores running at 1.9GHz, while four smaller cores are clocked at 1.3GHz. The larger model will be slightly faster with the bigger cores clocked at 2.0GHz, while the smaller cores will run at 1.3GHz. They will sport a stitched design and will be priced at $319.99 and $399.99 respectively and will be available in April.