CES wrapped up last month and we all know that Samsung and Google are on a roll, and now they are on one together. The two mega tech giants are planning to design what they hope will be a premium Chromebook. This sounds all exciting and perhaps life changing for some, but the real question is, could it actually compete with Windows or Apple?
I don’t know about you, but when I look at the current Chromebooks on the market, I like their price, but not the specs. Their current line are glorified netbooks that are not supported for many big applications and/or jobs. They are more used for casual browsing and media use. That makes them great for teens and people who only need to use it light work, but for rest of the world, they are weak compared to the big brand name computers.
So what is this partnership building? It will be called the Samsung Chromebook Pro (not a clever name, IMO). It will be like the Surface, as it will come with a stylus and basically have a touchscreen, along with your usual keyboard and trackpad. It will also support Android Apps and Google Play. It comes with a travel friendly 12.3 inch screen, Chrome OS, 2.2 GHz Intel Core m3, 4 GB of RAM, and 32GB built-in storage in eMMC technology. It will be less than 3 pounds, but as you can see it won’t be something designed for work or heavy computer usage. It is a 2-in-1, meaning you can flip the screen over. Pair that up with their asking price of $550, it seems pretty steep for a small, light usage computer.
I know Samsung and Google can do better than that. While I love that they are trying to keep things low priced, do they really think you can justify paying that much for a slightly better traditional Chromebook? I think their consumers deserve better than what they are offering at this price. After all, you can get a Windows based laptop that is more speced out than this for the same price or even lower priced.
For those of you who do want to buy the Samsung Chromebook Pro, it comes out in April and is up for pre-order on Samsung’s site. They also have a sister coming out this Sunday, Samsung Chromebook Plus. The only two differences between them are their processors and price range.
How do you feel about the new Chromebooks?