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Hands-on with Samsung’s new all-metal Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro

by Todd Haselton | January 4, 2017January 4, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

Samsung unveiled two new Chromebooks during CES 2017. They were developed closely with Google, which says they’ll be the first notebooks on the market to have the Google Play Store for Android apps preloaded.

They’re fine machines. In my few minutes with each I loved the compact size, comfortable keyboards for typing, full 360-degree hinges that allow you to turn them into tablets, the sharp Quad HD displays and more. I also dig that Samsung added support for quick charging, so you only have to spend about 10-15 minutes at the outlet for a few hours of charge.

The metal design felt rock solid in my hands. The sides of the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro are home to new ports, too, including two USB-C ports. That’s a welcome addition. Perhaps the most exciting change, however, is the inclusion of a stylus that slips right into a port in the side of the Chromebook. Samsung refused to call it an S Pen, which it says is reserved for its mobile products with access to its S Pen suite of software. You can use the stylus to jot down notes, take screenshots and more.

Differences between Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro

The primary difference between the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro is the processor under the hood. You won’t notice anything aesthetically, so the pictures in the gallery above are of both devices. The Chromebook Plus uses an ARM chip while the Chromebook Pro employs Intel’s Core m3 processor. Here’s a look at how the rest of the specs measure up:

chromeook-plus-pro-specs

Samsung said the Chromebook Plus will start at $449 when it launches in February in Best Buy and other major retailers. The Chromebook Pro will debut later, in the spring, and pricing was not announced.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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