Along with its slate of PC announcements, Samsung additionally revealed two model-new Google Chromebooks right here at CES 2017.
They, just like the Samsung gaming entries, are considerably of a shock.
The Samsung Chromebook Professional and Chromebook Plus are designed to run Google Play, permitting customers to entry to an enormous swath of apps on Google ChromeOS, a feature that started rolling out to pick Chromebooks in mid-2016.
Each methods boast 360-diploma hinges, 12.3in Quad-HD touch shows, and digitiser pens for larger management and writing. Google’s predictive know-how will translate your handwriting and can begin to guess your subsequent pen strokes as you write based mostly on Google’s cloud writing knowledge.
The pen is included and saved within the aspect of the pocket book and is optimised for the pre-put in Google Maintain for note-taking and Samsung ArtCanvas for drawing.
As for variations between the Professional and Plus, the previous utilises an Intel Core m3 Skylake processor, whereas the latter is provided with an ARM processor. They’re in any other case equivalent; each are available silver, embrace two USB Sort-C ports, have the identical dimensions and weigh 1.3kg. Each additionally embrace 4GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac wi-fi, an accelerometer and gyro sensor, and built-in graphics.
The addition of Google Play compatibility is a large boon. In my time with the system at CES 2017, I’m able to launch the Google Play retailer straight off the taskbar and use its apps. A helpful occasion of this feature is Netflix’s recent addition of offline viewing. PCs operating Netflix in a browser or Home windows app are unable to download episodes, however it’s obtainable by way of the Netflix Android app, and subsequently works on these Google Chromebooks.
Options like this tremendously broaden the utility of Google Chromebooks past simply Google Chrome apps, and with such a pleasant mild construct, these new machines are wanting like a pretty proposition. Each will probably be out there this yr, with the Samsung Plus beginning at US$449; pricing for the Samsung Professional has not been introduced.