Rumors are swirling that a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is about to appear, with a new leak giving us a better idea of the specs it's going to come boasting – and the price you might have to pay for one.
Reliable tipster WalkingCat (opens in new tab) (aka @_h0x0d_) has taken to Twitter (opens in new tab) to share what looks like a promotional slide for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, and if you don't want any spoilers ahead of time, look away now.
It would appear that we're getting a Chromebook with a 13.3-inch screen and a 10th-gen Intel processor, with "premium sound" and battery life that Samsung is claiming can stretch to more than 12 hours between charges.
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The slide states that the Chromebook will be the first on the market with a QLED display – that's the quantum dot panel technology that Samsung has already started pushing in its high-end TVs, with supposedly superior brightness and contrast.
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Then there's the price: $699 (about £520 / AU$920) according to this latest leak, which is some way south of the $999 (about £745 / AU$1,315) that the original Samsung Chromebook appeared for.
Of course that could just be the starting price – as we've seen from Chromebooks such as the Google Pixelbook Go, prices can quickly start to ramp up if you want the best processors and the most memory inside your Chrome OS-powered laptop.
It makes sense for Samsung to target a lower price point, with Chromebooks appealing mainly to budget shoppers. While there might well be a market for premium Chromebooks, it's likely to be a relatively small one.
Based on leaked renders we've already seen, it looks as though little is going to change from a design perspective with the second Galaxy Chromebook. We should find out in February 2021, which is when the laptop is being tipped to appear.
Via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)