Samsung’s ARM based Chromebook, that was launched last year was one of cheapest with a price tag similar to that of mid range smartphones. Business Korea reports that we can expect second generation of the ARM-based Chromebook from Samsung next year with more power under the hood.
The previous ARM Chromebook from Samsung was based on Exynos 5250 and will be replaced with Exynos Octa 5420 by the successor. The Exynos 5 Octo 5420 is based on a technology code named “big.LITTLE” and contains four low-power cores based on ARM Cortex A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz and four high performance cores based on Cortex A15 1.8GHz. Graphics department will be handled by GPU Mali T628. It will contain 3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage.
Other than improved internal specs, Samsung will likely put a higher resolution display at 2560×1600 pixels spread over 12 inches or less. USB 3.0 ports will also be available. A battery life of seven hours is expected, and the device will weight around 1 Kg.
Chromebooks are quickly gaining market share despite being an internet only device, primarily due to its affordability. Samsung should try to stay ahead of the competition and price the ARM Chromebooks between $250-$300.
CES 2014 is right around the corner and we have seen Samsung prepare its weapons for CES and MWC. However, when enquired about possibility of Chromebook launch during CES the company replied, “We are planning to unveil no laptops during the CES 2014 period.” Lot of manufacturers are set to reveal their Chromebooks at the CES 2014 and it will be strange if Samsung decides to not unveil any Chromebooks at Consumer Electronic Show 2014.