After releasing Chromebook Plus V2, Samsung recently released its upgraded LTE-enabled version, inclusive of all the previous specifications. The gadget will be available on Samsung’s official website, Best Buy, and Verizon from November 2nd for $599.99. An interesting thing to note is that the gadget is a hundred dollars cheaper than its predecessor. Even so, let’s talk about its features to find out if it’s worth the price!
Unlike the other Chromebooks, this version comes bundled with a SIM card slot for LTE connection that is especially convenient for users always on the go. This development is, in fact, a milestone in the evolution of Chromebooks that will surely prevent its users from being totally dependent on Wi-Fi to stay connected to the online world.
With curved edges and grey colour, the 360-degree hinge convertible laptop gives a very professional and classy look from all angles. The laptop is lightweight with a plastic bottom, and the spill-proof keyboard has ergonomically curved keycaps that enhance the user’s typing experience. Plus, the laptop’s stereo speakers are situated under the keyboard and produce good quality sound.
This particular model has a front camera as well as a back camera- both of which are fitted on the keyboard. With a bright F1.9 aperture lens, the front camera is 1 megapixel, and the back autofocus camera provides a rich visual experience of 13 megapixels.
Comes with a Stylus Pen
For its users, the laptop comes with a built-in stylus pen that has a great design and grip, offering a comfortable writing and drawing experience. Quite handy, isn’t it?
The device’s touch display is 12.2 inches across and it has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The 300 nit max brightness display can be folded back and used in tablet or tent mode. The screen is equipped with tilt recognition feature and senses 4,069 levels of pressure of the stylus.
Josh Newman, General Manager of mobile PC segments, Intel, commented on the new model by saying that “Samsung’s new Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE) device meets this expectation with style by fusing Samsung design ingenuity and Google’s beloved OS with Intel LTE connectivity” (sic). The Chromebook is run by an Intel Celeron 3965Y Processor with 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32 GB. It also comes with a MicroSD card reader offering an expandable memory to users who need to save large amounts of data.
Long battery life
With a 39Wh battery, the gadget has a working limit of 7-10 hours. Even with multiple apps running in the background and different functions being performed simultaneously, the performance doesn’t degrade and the device can still run for at least 7 hours without being charged.
Samsung has introduced this Chromebook with the intention of offering its customers a pocket-friendly semi-professional laptop that “helps users get more out of their lives”, as quoted by Alanna Cotton, Samsung Electronics America Executive.
The brand has observed a rising demand for Chrome OS in the PC market. She adds that “Consumers value having a laptop that boots up practically instantly, it has antivirus built-in and gets users right into the internet-based apps and services they rely on the most” (sic). Keeping this objective in mind, they believe their energy-efficient product to offer a gadget that helps them “connect with friends, stream songs and videos, create, edit, and save their work in the cloud (sic)”.
Kan Liu, Senior Director of Product, Chrome OS, Google quoted “We built Chrome OS to provide faster, simpler and more secure computing for everyone” (sic). As people are moving faster, they expect their electronic gadgets to be snappier and more efficient to match up with their performance. This device promises an overall excellent performance that can keep up with the pace of its user. Its long battery life also assists the user in travelling without having to worry about charging the laptop for up to 7-10 hours.
The objective of an LTE-enabled Chromebook was to ease this process of staying connected by removing the dependency of its users on a Wi-Fi connection. She calls it the “lightweight 2-in-1” Chromebook that helps consumers remain “always connected”.