Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus laptops run Android apps and come with digital pen

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Chrome OS is a very polarizing Linux distribution. While some people very wrongly call the operating system nothing other than a glorified web browser, in reality, it is actually very secure and capable. Many home users do all of their computing in a web browser nowadays, making Google's desktop OS an excellent choice.

Laptops running the Linux-based OS are called "Chromebooks". For many consumers, these computers are attractive for no other reason than cost -- they incorrectly think the platform is all about being inexpensive and low quality. Unfortunately, many manufacturers perpetuate that stereotype. As Google's wildly expensive Chromebook Pixel showed, however, Chrome OS devices can be elegant. Today, Samsung is taking aim at elegance with the all-new Chromebook Pro and Plus.

While these new Chromebooks are elegant and higher-end, they are not powerhouses. You can choose between an Intel Core m3 x86_64 (Pro) or Hexa-core ARM processor (Plus). These chips should prove very capable for the Chrome OS Linux distro. Thankfully, the laptops come with 4GB of RAM as default; believe it or not, some manufacturers are still trying to sell machines with 2GB -- a sin.

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"For the first time in the Chromebook lineup the Chromebook Plus and Pro come with a built-in pen, which is embedded on the side of the device for secure storage and easy access. The pen takes convenience to another level with tablet-like benefits, such as the ability to effortlessly take notes and capture on-screen content. The pen is ready to use out of the box with pre-installed Google Keep for notetaking and Samsung ArtCanvas for drawing. The newly developed pen has a 0.7mm pen tip and pressure sensitivity for precise screen capturing", says Samsung.

A stylus? With a Chromebook? Yeah, it seems weird, but please know that both the Pro and Plus can also run Android apps and have Google Play support. The pen should prove very useful when running those mobile apps. Sadly, the Android support will be in Beta -- disappointing for a consumer device, but expected from Google.

The Galaxy-maker explains, "The new Chromebook isn't just a laptop, or tablet -- it's a connection to a world of experience including apps, games and media, all through the Google Play Store. Delivering a stunning, immersive Quad HD 2400×1600 resolution display made of durable Gorilla Glass 3, with a 3:2 aspect ratio -- users can game, work or binge-watch on Samsung’s best Chromebook screen".

Samsung shares the specifications below. Other than the processor, they seem to be identical.

Model Code XE513C24-K01US XE510C24-K01US
Chromebook Plus Chromebook Pro
Operating System Google Chrome Google Chrome
Processor / Chipset OP1, Made for Chromebooks. Hexa-core (Dual A72, Quad A53) Intel® Core™ M3 Processor 6Y30 (0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4 MB L3 Cache)
Graphic Internal Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 515
Display 12.3" 2400x1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel 12.3" 2400x1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel
Memory 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB) 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB)
Hard Drive 32GB e.MMC 32GB e.MMC
Color Platinum Silver Platinum Silver
Multimedia Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Stereo Speakers ( 1.5 W x 2 )
720p HD Camera
Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Stereo Speakers ( 1.5 W x 2 )
720p HD Camera
Network 802.11 ac (2x2)
Bluetooth v4.0
802.11 ac (2x2)
Bluetooth v4.0
Ports 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging]
MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging]
MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
Input Clickpad
Touch screen
Island-type keyboard
Pen
Clickpad
Touch screen
Island-type keyboard
Pen
Power 30 W USB-C™ Adapter
39Wh
30 W USB-C™ Adapter
39Wh
Dimension 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm (11.06" x 8.72" x 0.51" ~ 0.55") 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm (11.06" x 8.72" x 0.51" ~ 0.55")
Weight 1.08Kg (2.38lbs) 1.08Kg (2.38lbs)

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The ARM-powered Chromebook Plus will be the first to market, launching in February with a starting price of $449. The Intel-powered Chromebook Pro is expected to be more expensive; it has a less definitive release date -- Samsung just says "Spring."

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