Samsung on Monday announced the Chromebook 2, its first new Chrome OS laptop since the highly successful Samsung Chromebook made its debut in 2012.
The Chromebook 2 is scheduled to go on sale in April and be available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch screen sizes for $319.99 and $399.99, respectively.
Samsung is touting the new machines' improved battery life, faster processor and smaller build. The company is also noting the Chromebook 2's new exterior design, which is styled to look like a stitched leather cover.
The 11.6-inch version can get up to eight hours of battery life, features a 720p HD display and weighs 2.43 pounds. It will be available in black and white options. The 13.3-inch model can get 8.5 hours of battery, uses a full 1080p HD display and weighs 3.09 pounds. This version will come exclusively in gray.
Both Samsung machines are less than 0.75 inches thick, and they use Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processors.
The Chromebook 2 is Samsung's follow-up device to the Chromebook. Since the Samsung Chromebook was released in late 2012, it has been the top-selling Chrome OS laptop, and it has been the most popular laptop available from Amazon.com for about a year.
However, based on price alone, the Chromebook 2 may not be able to reach the same level of success as the Chromebook, which has been available for $249.
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