Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus Impressions

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m looking for something light and reasonably powerful to blog with. I’ve decided a Chromebook is the best thing for me to go with and as if by magic, Samsung have just announced the one I’m set on getting.

The Chromebook Plus and Pro should be the most interesting Chromebooks available. Both feature a 12.3-inch, 360 touchscreen with a 2K resolution. Samsung displays are usually good, so this should be perfect for media consumption, word processing and image editing. Samsung have also included a stylus for handwritten notes and digital drawing. It’s basically an S-Pen in everything but name. I loved the S-Pen when I was using the original Note 10.1 so this would be a welcome return.

The only difference between the Plus and Pro models is the processor. The Plus has an Intel Core M3 and the Plus has the type of Arm chip usually found in Android devices. Both have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. If 32GB isn’t enough for you there’s an SD card slot to expand it with. As for ports, there are two USB-C 3.1 ports, one on each side.

Other than that, there isn’t anything to say right now. Not until people get to use them and measure performance. I think it is a safe bet this is the Chromebook I’ll be going for. It isn’t badly priced at $449 although UK pricing and availability hasn’t been revealed just yet. Honestly this is one of the most exciting pieces of tech that I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve always liked the idea of great Samsung hardware ,like the S-Pen, and Google software working together. This is the realization of that dream!

Being able to flip it into a tablet that runs full Android apps may mean it replaces my Pixel C as well as my laptop. Chrome OS is certainly better optimised for larger screens than Android is and the S-Pen will make it a far better choice for note taking!

On a side note, I think if Andromeda is real and if any current device gets it, this will be the one. The ARM version should definitely run Android apps well, and if Andromeda is an amalgamation of Android and Chrome OS that CPU would certainly be an advantage.  Oh and the code name of this Chromebook is “Caroline” as a reference to Portal 2, my all time favourite video game! If that isn’t a sign that I should buy it, I don’t know what is!

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