In spite of the success that Google had with their Android platform, it seems that there’s no stopping Google from releasing newer versions of the Chome OS-based laptop. Just recently, they announced the new 11.6â€ Samsung Chromebook XE303C12.
The new Samsung Chromebook is the first machine to be powered by the South Korean’s new ARM-based SoC, the Exynos 5 Dual. When we first featured this processor a few months back, we thought that the chip is destined for tablets or smartphones and never imagined that itâ€™ll be the backbone of the upcoming Chromebook. Along with the dual-core 1.7GHz processor, the chipset also comes with a 2GB DDR3L RAM and a 16GB SSD, all of which are house inside a 17.53mm thin body.
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 specs:
11.6â€ HD LED Display, 1366×768, 200 nits
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual 5250 1.7GHz, 1MB Cache
2GB DDR3L RAM
Mali-T604 (Quad-core), openGL 3.0 (Haiti)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
2x 1.5W Stereo Speaker
1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x USB 3.0 port
3-in-1 SD Card slot (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
2-Cell 30WHr Li-Po battery (up to 6.5hrs)
Dimension: 289.56 x 205.49 x 17.53mm
Back in May of last year we shared with you guys why we think Google Chromebook will fail in the local scene because of the Chrome OSâ€™ internet-dependency for most of its features. Although not much has changed in terms of how the OS works, weâ€™ve seen some improvement on the internet connectivity in our country which may help this notebook gain some Pinoy audience if ever it hits the local shelves. And that is a big if.
We still think that the Samsung Chromebook will have a hard time competing with tablet PCs especially considering that Windows RT tablets are just around the corner. However, its affordable USD249 price tag, may just give potential budget-conscious buyers a reason to grab this netbook. Would you agree?