Today is the day. After months of tracking, reporting and waiting, we finally get our hands on the much-anticipated Samsung Chromebook Plus.
At Samsung’s press event this afternoon, the massive electronics manufacturer revealed everything from next-generation appliances, the future of Smart TV’s, premium home sound and how they are going to connect them all.
For us, however, the best news was saved for the very last. VP of product marketing, Alanna Cotton spoke excitedly as she reminisced of the 2011 collaboration of Google and her employer to create the first Samsung Chromebook.
As Alanna spoke on the future of computing and what the new breed of devices would look like we were greeted by the Samsung Chromebook Pro and its sister device the Chromebook Plus. While we can’t say we were surprised to see two devices, we are still in awe that a company as large as Samsung would include these Chromebooks in their highly-produced press conference.
We will talk more about this later about the implications of that and what it could mean for the future of the Chrome OS consumer market.
But now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Here are the specs of each device:
As thin as we thought, as attractive as we thought, and as impressive as we thought: the Samsung Chromebook Plus is the ARM version of the Samsung Chromebook Pro, both here at CES for some hands-on time.
Both of these devices are the same, only with 2 different processor choices. The ARM Rockchip RK3399 for the Plus and the Intel Skylake Core m3 for the Pro. Other than that, we are looking at identical Chromebooks here.
To sum it up, with an Octane Benchmark score very similar to the Acer R13, we assumed it would lag a bit. It did not. The performance felt snappy and Android apps loaded with ease. Browser performance felt smooth like butter and moving between open apps was fluid.
Thin, sleek, all-aluminium and a size that begs for portability, the Samsung Chromebook Plus, and Pro are devices we’re sure are going to make a mark in the Chromebook market early in 2017.
Of course, the Pro will fare even better, but we still have no firm release date or price.
The Plus is available for pre-order now with a ship date of February 12th. We are hoping to get our hands on a review unit very, very soon and we’ll continue our coverage of the Chromebooks that look to change the consumer Chromebook landscape in 2017.
Now that we know this is a Google collaboration made to be the showcase Chromebook for Android Apps, all we’ve suspected has now come together.
Along with Google, it looks like Samsung is set to be the torch-bearer for this new breed of Chromebooks we look set to see in 2017. The future looks bright, and we can’t wait to be here to report every bit of it!