Oct 18 AT 2:24 PM Taylor Wimberly 65 Comments

Google unveils $249 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook with Exynos 5 (Cortex-A15) chip

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Today Google announced that a new Samsung Chromebook was going on sale for only $249. The device features a 11.6-inch display, 16 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM, 1.7 GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 chip, and weighs only 2.4 lbs. A model with a built in 3G modem is selling for $329. I don’t know how Android fans feel about Chromebooks, but they should be excited to see Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Dual chip finally in production.

We have already covered the Exynos 5 in-depth, but to recap it features two Cortex-A15 CPU cores and a Mali-T604 GPU. This chip has already been spotted in an Android device, but nothing has been officially announced. Now that the Chromebook is available to order, it could mean we will see this mysterious Samsung Android device appear before the end of the year.

I’m not sure if a Chromebook can fully replace a PC yet, but it is getting closer every day. If I had to choose between a Chromebook and an ARM-based Windows RT laptop, I think I would easily go with the Chromebook. It is half the price of the Windows RT devices, and it features a much faster Cortex-A15 processor compared to the older Cortex-A9 chips in the Windows devices.

Hit up the source link for more info and let us know what you think. Would you consider a Chromebook for yourself or as a gift to a family member?

Via: Google Blog

Source: Amazon

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  • AJF

    I’d take one with a version of Android on it instead of the Chrome OS.

    • shadhussain

      I can’t see the benefit of running a touch optimized mobile OS (i.e., Android) on a traditional laptop/netbook form factor. You’d be better off with a ASUS transformer series if that’s what you want, because it allows you to use Android the way it was designed.

      The advantage of Chrome OS in this form factor is that it provides the full optimized web-experience with web apps and tools designed for productivity using a keyboard.

      • AJF

        Android has been used in pointer-based ways before (i.e., Motorola’s recently cancelled webtop). And really, a pointer is just a slightly more cumbersome (though more precise) way to poke something than a finger.

        Mostly, the advantage would be the Play Store.

      • andy

        Being a Transformer user, I would like the chrome book as well i believe, one of the things I dont like about the transformer type of laptops is that android..on tabs and phones is optimized for mobile…many sites and places I go to on the asus always give me the mobile version and that drives me nuts

        • Dags -

          If you use the Chrome browser, there’s a checkbox in the settings to always request the desktop version.

      • bitbank

        Running Android with a mouse pointer works fine. I would buy this if it could run Android.

  • Mustin

    WANT WANT WANT

    I would like one of these please. Thanks!

  • shadhussain

    2012 is fast becoming the priciest in terms of tech purchases ever. Not only am I overdue for a Nexus smartphone replacement, I’m also in need of a light-weight everyday PC alternative. The Transformer Prime has so far been a lot of fun but I’m awfully tempted to try out the MS Surface RT and the Chromebook to see what I’d end up using more.

  • oddball

    Very nice and at that price I am very interested. Maybe see if we can load JB onto it

    • zerosix

      The price has finally become ok and it’s worth buying.
      About JB: what JB can do, but chromebook can’t?

  • Mix

    I would be curious how the Chrome OS is on this but at that price for email and web this is much nicer looking than most Net-books as the Net-books that I have used are slow as crap so this might be pretty darn sweet.

    • stenzor

      Chrome has got a lot of cool apps on it that are great for productivity too… not just email and web browsing

      • Mix

        Cool! I will have to see if I can find a demo unit somewhere!

        • stenzor

          You can just use the chrome browser and go to the app store or whatever it’s called!

  • http://about.me/LuisOTorres taz88ny

    I used the CR-48 until it died recently. This is the first Chromebook I would actually consider buying and that’s because of the $250 price tag. At $250, it becomes a question of weather I would prefer a Nexus 7 or a Chromebook.

    I think I would lean towards the Chromebook. Finally at the correct price point.

    • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

      I’m using my CR-48 to reply because my Ubuntu laptop is updating but I really love the idea of a $250 Chromebook. It’s the perfect machine for simple surfing. My only major grip is the lack of a Google Music Manager.

      • shadhussain

        chrome os has no google music manager?? oh dear, that might be a deal breaker.

      • Daniel

        Really? That’s a bit surprising, considering there’s linux version of the client that works so well.

    • Dave Kratter

      I still use my CR-48.

      I like the really cheap price on this new Chromebook too, but the 11.6″ screen turns me off. The 12.1″ screen on the CR-48 is a tad small for me already, so I couldn’t imagine going any smaller.

  • Nate B.

    It annoys me that a couple asked or wanted Android on it instead of Chrome. Exactly what would a mobile OS benefit from running on a PC/Laptop.

  • Brian

    I already have two people in mind that this might suit, my g/f, who wants a cheap laptop for writing reports, and a grandmother who wants to video conference with the family. The iPad mini may still be the more intuitive option at the pricepoint for the grandma, if the screen will work with her eyesight.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I gave my old Chromebook to my mom and it’s the perfect PC for her needs.

      • thekaz

        We thought about it before settling on a cheap nettop. If this was available back then, it may have swayed us toward a Chromebook…

        Now, if I ever decide I could use a lightweight, portable piece of hardware for Google Docs, etc, I might have to shell out for one of these. You understand, of course, that I NEED it for work, right dear…? :)

        • thekaz

          er.. thought about getting it for my elderly mother, that is…

  • Ardrid

    I have to disagree with the contention that a Chromebook is a better choice than a Windows RT laptop based on the simple fact that you are always required to have a connection to get the most out of a Chromebook. I also think that Windows RT, just by virtue of Microsoft’s experience in the OS space for the last 3 decades, will easily be the more robust solution. Now, if your only criteria is price, then, yes, the Chromebook is easily the better choice. But, if you need a device that doesn’t require an always on connection, and will be the more interoperable of the two, I think Windows RT has to be your choice.

    • Dags -

      Many web apps – especially those by Google like Docs – use HTML5 Local Storage so you can work offline to some extent. I agree that RT would be better for most people but, as you point out, they’ll be at a different pricepoint.

    • john in brisbane

      Yeah that’s my beef too. It was my first reaction back in 99 when the yet-to-be-named idea of cloud computing was mooted. I still feel that way. The price point is spot on though … that’s cheaper than a decent ten inch netbook and similar to what I paid for this Google nexus 7.

  • thetechmaniac

    Well , I think you should be considering things like Windows 8 ultra hybrids ( such as the tap 20 here http://esponential.com/2012/10/15/a-tablet-a-pc-its-both-sony-vaio-tap-20/ ) or Ultra phablets such as the HTC J Butterfly – http://esponential.com/2012/10/17/440-ppi-5-inches-but-you-probably-wont-get-any-of-it/

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That Sony computer is $1000! This thing is $250…

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Soo… what you’re saying is… why buy a Toyota when you can buy a Lamborghini?

      • SGB101

        There no way id have a Toyota if I could afford a lambo. ;o)

  • acey_zero

    Can it run Ubuntu?

    • stepquick

      OH. Right I forgot about that. I’d like to know this too, but if a community develops around this new one, it probably will in some capacity like the CR-48.

      • Bpear96

        While teh cr-48 was much different hardware wise, its pretty much standard netbook specs (x86 intel atom cpu, etc) made it much easier to install, windows, linux (ubuntu) and the osx86 guys even got Mac OS x running on it.
        This $250 chromebook however, has a ARM Samsung exynos 5 cpu, so getting windows to run would be next to impossible, same with mac os x, but ubuntu and other linux distros should be possible, with more and more ARM development being done for the linux distros.

  • stepquick

    Oh, it’s nice to see Google hasn’t given up on this yet. I haven’t heard a lot of chromebooks in a while. This is a really nice price, I’d find a use. :3

  • inviolable

    What exactly is the benefit of a Chromebook over a ‘traditional’ notebook?

    • cthonctic

      The price point, mostly. Basically, if your use case is that you use the browser 95% of the time when at the computer then this is perfect for you. If you do lots of other stuff and/or depend on specific software to get your stuff done, then the opposite is true.

      At $250 I could easily see myself get something like this for doing FB/G+/Twitter (i.e. browser stuff but lots of typing rather than merely consuming content) on the sofa.

  • rashad360

    I think I will stick with traditonal OS’s and simply run the chrome browser inside them. Sure, I lose the speed benefits but the feature set of a full OS far eclipses the benefits of a chromebook.

  • Bpear96

    Why this is actually really awesome, good job google!

  • Tom Peterson

    Why would Windows RT even be in your visual range? Why would you even consider it?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That’s what I keep wondering. Still interested to see what the app support is. I think a lot of consumers will confuse Windows RT with Windows 8 and give it a chance. Maybe that’s what MS wants.

  • Nathan D.

    Can I just get the processor on my next phone please? :-)

  • jamal adam

    Talk about affordable. I would love to buy this but I don’t think it can replace my laptop just yet.

  • agudanna

    0.3 mp webcam is a no go…

  • Vance

    Merry Christmas to my wife! She loves her Transformer but is typing more and more on it and is ready for a larger keyboard driven device. This is perfect and I can easily subsidize the cost by selling her Transformer and keyboard.

  • @ude

    Love it! I wish it had come out for back to school though as I had to pay a lot more for an older model just 2 months ago:(

  • Kimmy

    That’s kind of expensive. I only paid $289 for my netbook that runs Windows 7.
    And it does a whole lot more.

  • Revalence

    All I saw is the Exynos 5250 (and therefore with the Mali-T604) at $249.
    $249. Plus HDMI Output.


    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PORT ANDROID ONTO THIS?

  • androidfanboy

    Chrome does have google play manager u can download an app on the google chrome store

  • awundrin

    I would definitely consider buying one for my spouse this Christmas. The price point is right on target.

  • lrq

    android and me = google and me!

  • Coranial

    If that was available in the UK for £200 now, I probably would have impulse bought it.

  • Walter

    nice .. google the best :) … allfree4android.blogspot.com

  • That Guy

    I thought price would be better but you can get a Sandy Bridge Celeron laptop with more ports, WIndows 7, and more compatibility for around $10 more. $259+taxes to be exact.

    The only thing that is worse is battery life.

  • Billy

    Any info on the specs for the display? Resolution?

  • txbluesman

    I like the specs on this, but I think I will keep my tricked out Netbook a little while longer. Between my netbook, Nexus 7 and Nexus phone, I think I can wait another year or so to see where things go. Anyway, I am ready for a new Nexus phone first. Love my Nexus devices!

  • kiwi chris

    Looks like a fantastic unit at a great price. I’m a new convert to android via the purchase of a couple of nexus 7′s that my primary aged school kids love. Our school is now looking at possibly introducing a bring your own tablet policy (iPads or similar, which are just too expensive for everyone to buy). These chrome books look like they’ll do the job -my only reservation is that it’s another new OS. I love android after only a couple of weeks. Will it be the same for chrome os?

  • jay

    i, like most people, need a second computer to do the dirty work of downloading/sharing files(I’m a dj) and free up my $2 grand machine when doing so with files of secondary importance.

    It would be cool to do so and store them in cloud storage. This machine doesn’t seem to capable of downloading files shared from friends?

  • birdman

    Uhh that video didn’t even show off the OS. Seems pointless I can get a windows machine for $250

  • lark

    Still not fond of the idea of having a computer that must be connected to the internet.

  • lexusboyd87

    Google has always been innvoative in it’s products and now entering into the hardware makes the path for the competitors much more tougher. Printers and computer’s now need a complete makeover. Yesterday, I visited this online store for printer cartridges and was just amazed to see, their pricings in response to others: http://www.cartridge-online.be/fr/hp-1/cartouches-laser-8/. People always require techie things at best price and they rightly prove it.

  • Kurcho

    $250 with ‘ARM inside’? Cool!!!

  • sbala

    Sammy always makes a better product

  • melan26

    I’ve got a Samsung netbook and I’m really liking it.

  1. AJFGuest 2 years ago

    I’d take one with a version of Android on it instead of the Chrome OS.

    • I can’t see the benefit of running a touch optimized mobile OS (i.e., Android) on a traditional laptop/netbook form factor. You’d be better off with a ASUS transformer series if that’s what you want, because it allows you to use Android the way it was designed.

      The advantage of Chrome OS in this form factor is that it provides the full optimized web-experience with web apps and tools designed for productivity using a keyboard.

      • AJFGuest 2 years ago

        Android has been used in pointer-based ways before (i.e., Motorola’s recently cancelled webtop). And really, a pointer is just a slightly more cumbersome (though more precise) way to poke something than a finger.

        Mostly, the advantage would be the Play Store.

      • andyGuest 2 years ago

        Being a Transformer user, I would like the chrome book as well i believe, one of the things I dont like about the transformer type of laptops is that android..on tabs and phones is optimized for mobile…many sites and places I go to on the asus always give me the mobile version and that drives me nuts

      • bitbankGuest 2 years ago

        Running Android with a mouse pointer works fine. I would buy this if it could run Android.

  2. WANT WANT WANT

    I would like one of these please. Thanks!

  3. 2012 is fast becoming the priciest in terms of tech purchases ever. Not only am I overdue for a Nexus smartphone replacement, I’m also in need of a light-weight everyday PC alternative. The Transformer Prime has so far been a lot of fun but I’m awfully tempted to try out the MS Surface RT and the Chromebook to see what I’d end up using more.

  4. Very nice and at that price I am very interested. Maybe see if we can load JB onto it

  5. I would be curious how the Chrome OS is on this but at that price for email and web this is much nicer looking than most Net-books as the Net-books that I have used are slow as crap so this might be pretty darn sweet.

  6. I used the CR-48 until it died recently. This is the first Chromebook I would actually consider buying and that’s because of the $250 price tag. At $250, it becomes a question of weather I would prefer a Nexus 7 or a Chromebook.

    I think I would lean towards the Chromebook. Finally at the correct price point.

  7. It annoys me that a couple asked or wanted Android on it instead of Chrome. Exactly what would a mobile OS benefit from running on a PC/Laptop.

  8. BrianGuest 2 years ago

    I already have two people in mind that this might suit, my g/f, who wants a cheap laptop for writing reports, and a grandmother who wants to video conference with the family. The iPad mini may still be the more intuitive option at the pricepoint for the grandma, if the screen will work with her eyesight.

    • I gave my old Chromebook to my mom and it’s the perfect PC for her needs.

      • We thought about it before settling on a cheap nettop. If this was available back then, it may have swayed us toward a Chromebook…

        Now, if I ever decide I could use a lightweight, portable piece of hardware for Google Docs, etc, I might have to shell out for one of these. You understand, of course, that I NEED it for work, right dear…? :)

  9. I have to disagree with the contention that a Chromebook is a better choice than a Windows RT laptop based on the simple fact that you are always required to have a connection to get the most out of a Chromebook. I also think that Windows RT, just by virtue of Microsoft’s experience in the OS space for the last 3 decades, will easily be the more robust solution. Now, if your only criteria is price, then, yes, the Chromebook is easily the better choice. But, if you need a device that doesn’t require an always on connection, and will be the more interoperable of the two, I think Windows RT has to be your choice.

    • Many web apps – especially those by Google like Docs – use HTML5 Local Storage so you can work offline to some extent. I agree that RT would be better for most people but, as you point out, they’ll be at a different pricepoint.

    • john in brisbaneGuest 2 years ago

      Yeah that’s my beef too. It was my first reaction back in 99 when the yet-to-be-named idea of cloud computing was mooted. I still feel that way. The price point is spot on though … that’s cheaper than a decent ten inch netbook and similar to what I paid for this Google nexus 7.

  10. thetechmaniacGuest 2 years ago

    Well , I think you should be considering things like Windows 8 ultra hybrids ( such as the tap 20 here http://esponential.com/2012/10/15/a-tablet-a-pc-its-both-sony-vaio-tap-20/ ) or Ultra phablets such as the HTC J Butterfly – http://esponential.com/2012/10/17/440-ppi-5-inches-but-you-probably-wont-get-any-of-it/

    • OH. Right I forgot about that. I’d like to know this too, but if a community develops around this new one, it probably will in some capacity like the CR-48.

      • While teh cr-48 was much different hardware wise, its pretty much standard netbook specs (x86 intel atom cpu, etc) made it much easier to install, windows, linux (ubuntu) and the osx86 guys even got Mac OS x running on it.
        This $250 chromebook however, has a ARM Samsung exynos 5 cpu, so getting windows to run would be next to impossible, same with mac os x, but ubuntu and other linux distros should be possible, with more and more ARM development being done for the linux distros.

  11. Oh, it’s nice to see Google hasn’t given up on this yet. I haven’t heard a lot of chromebooks in a while. This is a really nice price, I’d find a use. :3

  12. What exactly is the benefit of a Chromebook over a ‘traditional’ notebook?

    • The price point, mostly. Basically, if your use case is that you use the browser 95% of the time when at the computer then this is perfect for you. If you do lots of other stuff and/or depend on specific software to get your stuff done, then the opposite is true.

      At $250 I could easily see myself get something like this for doing FB/G+/Twitter (i.e. browser stuff but lots of typing rather than merely consuming content) on the sofa.

  13. I think I will stick with traditonal OS’s and simply run the chrome browser inside them. Sure, I lose the speed benefits but the feature set of a full OS far eclipses the benefits of a chromebook.

  14. Why this is actually really awesome, good job google!

  15. Tom PetersonGuest 2 years ago

    Why would Windows RT even be in your visual range? Why would you even consider it?

    • That’s what I keep wondering. Still interested to see what the app support is. I think a lot of consumers will confuse Windows RT with Windows 8 and give it a chance. Maybe that’s what MS wants.

  16. Can I just get the processor on my next phone please? :-)

  17. Talk about affordable. I would love to buy this but I don’t think it can replace my laptop just yet.

  18. agudannaGuest 2 years ago

    0.3 mp webcam is a no go…

  19. Merry Christmas to my wife! She loves her Transformer but is typing more and more on it and is ready for a larger keyboard driven device. This is perfect and I can easily subsidize the cost by selling her Transformer and keyboard.

  20. @udeGuest 2 years ago

    Love it! I wish it had come out for back to school though as I had to pay a lot more for an older model just 2 months ago:(

  21. KimmyGuest 2 years ago

    That’s kind of expensive. I only paid $289 for my netbook that runs Windows 7.
    And it does a whole lot more.

  22. All I saw is the Exynos 5250 (and therefore with the Mali-T604) at $249.
    $249. Plus HDMI Output.


    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PORT ANDROID ONTO THIS?

  23. androidfanboyGuest 2 years ago

    Chrome does have google play manager u can download an app on the google chrome store

  24. I would definitely consider buying one for my spouse this Christmas. The price point is right on target.

  25. lrqGuest 2 years ago

    android and me = google and me!

  26. If that was available in the UK for £200 now, I probably would have impulse bought it.

  27. WalterGuest 2 years ago

    nice .. google the best :) … allfree4android.blogspot.com

  28. That GuyGuest 2 years ago

    I thought price would be better but you can get a Sandy Bridge Celeron laptop with more ports, WIndows 7, and more compatibility for around $10 more. $259+taxes to be exact.

    The only thing that is worse is battery life.

  29. BillyGuest 2 years ago

    Any info on the specs for the display? Resolution?

  30. I like the specs on this, but I think I will keep my tricked out Netbook a little while longer. Between my netbook, Nexus 7 and Nexus phone, I think I can wait another year or so to see where things go. Anyway, I am ready for a new Nexus phone first. Love my Nexus devices!

  31. kiwi chrisGuest 2 years ago

    Looks like a fantastic unit at a great price. I’m a new convert to android via the purchase of a couple of nexus 7′s that my primary aged school kids love. Our school is now looking at possibly introducing a bring your own tablet policy (iPads or similar, which are just too expensive for everyone to buy). These chrome books look like they’ll do the job -my only reservation is that it’s another new OS. I love android after only a couple of weeks. Will it be the same for chrome os?

  32. jayGuest 2 years ago

    i, like most people, need a second computer to do the dirty work of downloading/sharing files(I’m a dj) and free up my $2 grand machine when doing so with files of secondary importance.

    It would be cool to do so and store them in cloud storage. This machine doesn’t seem to capable of downloading files shared from friends?

  33. Uhh that video didn’t even show off the OS. Seems pointless I can get a windows machine for $250

  34. larkGuest 2 years ago

    Still not fond of the idea of having a computer that must be connected to the internet.

  35. lexusboyd87Guest 2 years ago

    Google has always been innvoative in it’s products and now entering into the hardware makes the path for the competitors much more tougher. Printers and computer’s now need a complete makeover. Yesterday, I visited this online store for printer cartridges and was just amazed to see, their pricings in response to others: http://www.cartridge-online.be/fr/hp-1/cartouches-laser-8/. People always require techie things at best price and they rightly prove it.

  36. KurchoGuest 2 years ago

    $250 with ‘ARM inside’? Cool!!!

  37. Sammy always makes a better product

  38. I’ve got a Samsung netbook and I’m really liking it.