After Android, Google broached another domain where it had not been before with its Chrome OS; now Microsoft is not the only company making low end, cheap notebooks which can be used for video chatting and light internet surfing etc. Previously, Chromebook was targeted as a solution for low end users who intended to use apps available on-line. The screen was low resolution and the processor had limited power. The laptop started instantly and was quite user friendly. However, nobody counted it as a ‘real’ laptop. It was merely half a step above a tablet. But now Google is soon to release Chromebook 2 with its partner Samsung and everyone thinks it will be almost a real laptop.
Now leaving behind the low price range factor Google will create a high-end device with 16GB memory and 4 GB RAM. It will have Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor which is also used by the same company for its high end mobile phones. The new Chromebook 2 will come in two models 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch. Ditching its low resolution screens these new babies are going to have HD displays; the former having an HD LED display with resolution of 1366 x 768 and the latter with a Full HD LED display with resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Another change that has been made is in the looks. It looks like Samsung is going through major changes in the looks of their products. The Chromebooks will have a faux stitched leather finish with colors like jet black, classic white and a chrome colour (no pun intended!) called Luminous Titan Grey. Meanwhile the original Chromebook will still be gracing the markets for those who want them. It also has a 720p HD webcam which is must for the students who like to stay in touch with their families. Adding more value is that both books will support Google Hangout which is unprecedented.
In my opinion these books are great for students and educators; which is the genre these laptops target. They are cheap, light weight and will have battery life of up to 8 hours. They can handle most of the school work if you are able to connect to the internet all the time. It’s basically making students realize that Microsoft office is not the only option. These laptops are also suitable for your parents in case they need to stay online.
The only issue I see is with the pricing; the 13 inch laptop is marked around $400 which is pretty steep for a browser based laptop. If we compare it to the competition, Microsoft has much better options with the same pricing and the ability to work offline. Although newer models like HP’s Chromebook 11 are starting to support offline mode, the machine is only suitable for people with always on internet connection. Now what remains to be seen is if these newer machines can beat Microsoft’s competition.