Samsung's Chromebook Leverages Rising Buyer Interest in Chrome OS

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-01-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Samsung's Chromebook Leverages Rising Buyer Interest in Chrome OS

    Samsung has become the latest company to capitalize on strong buyer interest in Chrome OS computers by introducing the Chromebook Plus hybrid notebook-tablet.
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    2 - Understanding the Chromebook Appeal
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    Understanding the Chromebook Appeal

    Chromebooks are notebook PCs that run Google’s Chrome OS cloud-based operating system, which is a high-powered version of Google’s Chrome browser but includes offline support and storage. It’s a lightweight operating system that can’t compete with Windows in terms of application support and desktop features. But its light resource footprint is what makes it—and perhaps the Chromebook Plus—attractive to so many customers.
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    Multi-Core ARM CPU Gives it Plenty of Processing Power

    The Chromebook Plus ships with a 2GHz OP1 ARM processor. More importantly, the processor comes with a whopping six cores, allowing it to handle internet browsing, multiple web applications, games and more with ease. The computer also ships with 4GB of memory, which is sufficient in the Chromebook market.
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    A Big-Screen Touch Display

    The Chromebook Plus comes with a 12.3-inch LED display and 2,400-by-1,600 resolution. While the display won’t deliver groundbreaking visual quality, it doubles as a touch-screen, adding a bit more depth to its functionality.
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    5 - It’s also a Hybrid Notebook-Tablet
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    It’s also a Hybrid Notebook-Tablet

    The Chromebook Plus is a full-featured hybrid, letting users employ it in four different ways. The device obviously can be used as a notebook or tablet, but it also can be propped up in a tent-like fashion for watching videos or other online content. Or, users can fold it flat to make it easy to write on the display.
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    Built-In Stylus Support

    The Chromebook Plus comes with a Samsung-made stylus. With it, users can digitally write on the screen, similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book or other computers that work with a stylus. In addition to writing on the screen, the Chromebook Plus’ stylus can be used for other tasks such as taking a screenshot, magnifying an image and unlocking the screen.
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    7 - Millions of Apps from Google Play
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    Millions of Apps from Google Play

    Like other Chrome OS devices, the Chromebook Plus comes with Google Play support, giving users access the millions of third-paty apps available in Google Play to add to their Chromebook Plus. Other Google Play content, including games, music and books, also can be downloaded to the Chromebook Plus.
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    What to Understand About Storage

    Since the Chromebook Plus runs on Chrome OS, users can opt to store their content online via Google Drive. Those who prefer to store their content locally, however, can do so on the computer’s internal storage drive. But be aware: Chromebook Plus’ storage capacity tops out at 32GB.
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    9 - Samsung Touts this Chromebook's Portability
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    Samsung Touts this Chromebook's Portability

    Samsung said that its Chromebook Plus should be able to deliver a level of portability road warriors desire. The device is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs only 2.4 pounds, making it one of the easier-to-carry computers at the higher end of the Chromebook market. Despite that, the Chromebook Plus has a full-sized keyboard and trackpad, so users won’t lose productivity.
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    But Samsung Skimped on Wireless Connectivity

    For a computer that relies upon connectivity and portability, it’s odd that Samsung skimped on wireless features. The Chromebook Plus supports 802.11n WiFi, which means users won’t be able to take advantage of 802.11ac connectivity. In addition, it’s using the somewhat old Bluetooth 4.0 spec rather than newer wireless connections.
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    Pricing and Availability

    Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is slated to start shipping Feb. 5, according to the company. Those interested in buying the computer are able to pre-order now through Feb. 1. The Chromebook Plus is available for $450.
 

Chromebooks currently rate as some of the most popular personal computers on Amazon’s list of technology bestsellers. As a result, more hardware makers are introducing laptops and notebooks that run Chrome OS. Samsung is the most recent company, introducing a Chrome OS model with a notebook called the Chromebook Plus. Like other Chromebooks, it features a portable design and relies on Google’s OS and cloud software and service, but this one sports some extra features such as support for the Samsung stylus. Its 12.3-inch LED display offers 2,400-by-1,600 resolution. The Chromebook Plus is a hybrid, so it can be used as either a notebook or a tablet. And, like so many other Chromebooks on the market today, Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is easy on the wallet. Samsung’s model is the first Chromebook announced in 2017, and it’s an attractive alternative to what’s already available. This slide show will focus on the features that make the Samsung Chromebook Plus worth a closer look by consumers and business users.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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