Samsung’s Chromebook Plus now up for pre-order from multiple retailers

Samsung unveiled two Chromebooks at CES 2017 earlier this year that caused a bit of excitement by merged tablet and regular Chromebook functionality – mostly by bringing the combination of 360-degree rotating touchscreens along with stylus support to Google’s Chrome OS.

And, as promised at CES, the cheaper half of that duo – the Chromebook Plus – is available from multiple US retailers like Amazon (opens in new tab), Newegg (opens in new tab) and Best Buy (opens in new tab).

Chromebooks have become a popular low-cost laptop option across the globe, providing formidable functionality at budget price points, and if you’ve been considering getting yourself a Chromebook, then Samsung’s offering might be a tempting one.

Priced at US$449 (about £360, AU$585) on Amazon, it’s one of the more costly Chromebooks available on the market, but it’s arguably worth the extra money, given the quality of the hardware. No release date has been set for the Chromebook Pro, but the company announced in January that it was set for a March release.

The two Chromebooks are essentially identical except for their processors – the Chromebook Plus features Samsung’s own ARM-based hexa-core OP1 CPU while the Pro version houses an Intel Core M3.

The Plus model features a slim, all-metal build with a 12.3-inch display. There’s limited wired connectivity on the Chromebook Plus too, with a Thunderbolt 3 port on either side of the device, a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD reader.

It looks to be popular so far, too: the new Chromebook is currently listed as ‘out of stock’ on Amazon and Newegg has an option to notify when you’ll be able to get the device. However, Samsung’s online store has it in stock, but it is worth noting that the UK and Australian Samsung stores don’t have it listed just yet. Aussies who’d like to try out the new Chromebook can have it shipped via Amazon.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.