Samsung's Chromebook Plus V2 adds camera and swaps ARM for Intel

This year's Chromebook Plus features a 12.2-inch screen with 1080p resolution, while the original model came with a 12.3-inch panel with 2,400 x 1,600 resolution. Another change I notice is that the screen has been swapped out to a lower resolution model, from a 12.3-inch 2400x1600 pixel display in the 2017 Chromebook Plus, to a 12.2-inch 1920x1080 pixel display in the V2 device.

Samsung, on Thursday, unveiled the successor to its notebook which it introduced past year. Availability beings on June 24th at Best Buy. The 2.93-pound Chromebook Plus V2 also has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, along with a microSD card slot for adding up to 400GB of additional storage. The company just announced its Chromebook Plus V2, a thin-and-light convertible that tosses out the Rockchip OP1 from the previous-generation machine in favor of an Intel Kaby Lake Celeron 3965Y. When the keyboard is flipped, it can serve as its rear camera.

Samsung didn't specifically mention Chrome OS's new ability to run containerized Linux applications in an integrated fashion, but we would be surprised if that capability didn't eventually make it to the Chromebook Plus V2.

Samsung's Chromebook Plus (V2) gets turbocharged with an Intel processor
Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) costs $500 with built-in pen

The other notable addition is a new one megapixel front-facing camera that joins the 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.

Premium Design, Premium Experience - designed for comfort and peace of mind, with a curved-cap keyboard built to withstand spills up to 60cc. The new Chromebook Plus V2 features 16:10 aspect ratio compared to 3:2 in the previous edition. In terms of connectivity, the laptop has two USB Type-C ports, one USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) offers even more functionality to users with multiple connected devices, including easy file sharing between Chromebook and mobile devices. Be sure to check out our guide to the best Chromebooks if you're in the market for a new Chrome OS device.


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