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Samsung’s new Chromebook 4 offers a refined design and USB-C charging for $229

Nearly 4 years after the debut of Samsung’s Chromebook 3, the corporate has introduced a follow-up to its core Chromebook laptop computer. The new 11.6-inch Chromebook Four has been launched at present for a beginning worth of $229.99, together with the bigger 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 Plus that begins at $299.99.

Rather a lot has modified within the Chrome OS market for the reason that Chromebook Three was launched, and the Chromebook Four displays a number of of these adjustments, beginning with a barely extra fashionable, high-end look that’s akin to the Asus Chromebook Flip C302. Samsung went with Intel Celeron N4000 processors throughout the road, and each Chromebook 4s cost through USB-C: the 11.6-inch mannequin has a single USB-C port, whereas the 15.6-inch mannequin has two, one on all sides. Both additionally embrace a 30W USB-C energy adapter within the field and a single USB Type-A port and headphone / microphone-in jack.

Samsung notes that the USB-C port isn’t only for powering the laptop computer. You can switch information at speeds as much as 5Gb/s, and hook up with a 4K monitor as effectively. Another welcome enchancment is out-of-the-box help for Android apps.

Samsung’s new Chromebook 4 offers a refined design and USB-C charging for $229
Samsung’s new Chromebook 4 offers a refined design and USB-C charging for $229

Multiple configurations in each sizes shall be out there, differing in RAM (4GB or 6GB LPDDR4) and onboard storage out there (32GB or 64GB eMMC); all configs characteristic a microSD card slot. The display decision of the 11.6-inch Chromebook 4’s LED display is unchanged from its predecessor’s 1366 x 768. The 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 Plus’ LED show affords 1080p decision.

Samsung estimates that the smaller Chromebook Four will yield 12.5 hours of battery life, whereas the 15.6-inch mannequin will last as long as 10.5 hours per cost. Instead of placing a bigger battery into the Chromebook 4 Plus, the identical 39Wh battery is used for each gadgets.

Like its predecessor, the Chromebook Four appears to be like to be a comparatively no-frills, however competent addition to the collection of Chrome OS gadgets. There’s no touchscreen, it’s not a 2-in-1 system, and it doesn’t embrace a pull-out stylus, however for what it affords, $229 appears to be an excellent worth.

The Chromebook Four and 4 Plus can be found at present from Samsung.com and Best Buy.

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