Samsung introduced two premium Chromebooks at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The first went on sale months ago. Now you can finally pre-order the second.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro is up for pre-order from Amazon for $550.

The notebook features a 12.3 inch, 2400 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and an Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor.

Measuring about 0.6 inches thick and weighing about 2.4 pounds, the Chromebook Pro also features a convertible hinge that lets you fold back the screen and hold the compact laptop as a tablet. And it comes with a Samsung Pen for writing or drawing on the display.

Like most recent Chromebooks, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is designed to work with the Google Play Store and Android apps… although Google still describes Android app support for Chrome OS as beta software.

As for the other Chromebook Samsung unveiled in January? It’s virtually identical in every way but two:

  • The Samsung Chromebook Plus features an OP1 ARM-based processor from Rockchip.
  • It’s already available for $450 or less.

via Chrome Unboxed

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11 replies on “Samsung Chromebook Pro convertible up for pre-order for $550”

  1. Looking forward to the ‘Linux on Samsung CB’ reviews. Love the screen rez & aspect ratio. The flip design could solve my multiple device problem. I don’t expect much from the speakers. If anything like the Plus, they’re not only weak but horrifically placed.

  2. The eMMc storage is soldered to the MoBo. That is why the Sammy & Asus chromebooks are so thin & lightweight – not possible with m.2 connectors. Also why Ubuntu? try GalliumOS instead. Basically Xubuntu but optimized for chromebook hardware. These new core m3 CPU chromebooks with 4gb ram weigh about 2.4 to 2.6 lbs. the Asus’s screen is 1080 while the Sammy is even better. very impressive devices in very small packages. See recent nytimes article about chromebooks take over in education, displacing ipads.

  3. $550 seems a bit spendy for a Chromebook convertible stuck with eMMC storage in mid 2017. You can get Windows 2in1s with proper SATA SSD for less money…

    1. Maybe so, but talking apples to apples, would said 2in1 have a stylus and Android support as well?

      1. tbf, Android support on Windows is rich and varied. I say this as a Linux user (Android is not Linux)

  4. I was waiting for this to release for months. I really wanted to upgrade from my Acer R11. I ran into a snag and was unable to find a good FTP application that allowed PPK files for encryption, so I put Ubuntu on the R11 just for FileZilla. It really slowed down the Chromebook, so I started worrying about RAM. I ended up ordering a refurbished Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12″ instead (i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD) for $475 this weekend from Newegg. It is more of a Surface Pro 4 style than a 360, so I worry about lap-ability. Hope it was a good choice. If not, I will probably wait for either the Samsung or Acer C302 to release with 8GB.

  5. I know these look neat and photograph well, but who wants or needs this? Flipping, rotating, and such features seem comical. Does sharing a 12-inch display with others happen often in schools? Seems like a dorky design and we’ve seen plenty of them lately. Smells of desperation. There may be an audience of 12 looking for these type of goofy laptops but surely it can’t be more than 12 people.

    1. @Graham: It’s a hybrid laptop/tablet. I have the Plus and portrait mode is terrific for comfortable reading (web and PDFs). If I need to write some docs I have a full keyboard and trackpad. Have you never used a tablet?

        1. Care to explain the hideous drawbacks of 270° more hinge rotation and a great touchscreen?

    2. When I was in college, I had an HP Touchsmart TM2T which also had a pen. That computer had a spin and cover the keyboard style touchscreen, but I find the 360° hinges to be mechanically simpler and less prone to wear (having tested a similar model at work).

      I’m going to take your ignorance at face value and not assume maliciousness, even though your tone comes across as quite caustic in conversing with Jim.

      The simple reason for the convertible form is the new support for Android apps on Chrome OS. Android apps are designed more for a tablet style interface than a laptop, so I think it makes perfect sense to design a device like this. Personally, this specific device is making me consider buying a laptop like this again after sticking to desktops for years. And the sales numbers don’t lie. The education sector alone is showing widespread adoption of these convertible Chrome devices.

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