As an alternative of a 4K OLED panel, the brand new Chromebook incorporates a 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 QLED show, which was vibrant and vivid on the preview occasion. HDR movies of wildlife and surroundings popped, and particulars regarded crisp. The facet ratio continues to be slightly dated at 16:9 (16:10 could be a lot nicer, Samsung) however total the display looks as if a more-than-serviceable canvas for Chrome OS. Higher but, as a result of it makes use of QLED, the Chromebook 2 ought to supply longer battery life than its predecessor. That is one thing we’ll have to check for ourselves to know for certain, although.
In contrast to the unique, which solely got here in a single configuration with a Tenth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the Chromebook 2 gives some choices. You will get the bottom mannequin with an Intel Celeron 5205U chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or spend $150 extra to get a Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor and twice the reminiscence and storage.
Another variations between this 12 months’s Galaxy Chromebook and the final embrace a brand new Sensible Amp characteristic to bump up quantity, and in keeping with Samsung it’s as much as 178 p.c louder than the common amplifier. There’s additionally help for WiFi 6 on the brand new mannequin. The corporate additionally eliminated the secondary digital camera from the keyboard, and the Chromebook 2’s solo webcam above the display has the identical 720p decision as earlier than. Although its show helps stylus enter, the brand new Chromebook doesn’t have an S Pen onboard like the unique.
Regardless of its skinny profile, the Chromebook 2’s keyboard was surprisingly snug to sort on. The keys are evenly spaced, and although there’s much less journey than I’m used to, the buttons nonetheless had a pleasant quantity of depth. The trackpad, whereas roomy, felt a bit sluggish although, however because it’s a preview unit I’m going to order my judgement on that for now.
Till we get to check the Chromebook 2 out, there’s not far more we are able to say in regards to the laptop computer. Will probably be accessible within the first quarter of the 12 months, so should you’re available in the market for a handsome Chrome OS machine for lower than $700 this is likely to be price a glance. I’d advocate ready until we are able to totally overview it earlier than spending your cash, although.