18 December 2019
Samsung has launched two new affordable Chromebook laptops named Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+. The lineup is a direct successor to the Chromebook 3 launched way back in 2016. The good thing is both the new models come with features and design that matches the modern standards. Both of these are similar for the most part but the Plus variant has a bigger display/size and slightly better specifications and features.
The Chromebook 4+ offers a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LED anti-reflective display. You will find the same display panel on the Chromebook 4 as well but in 11.6-inches size and HD (1366 x 768 pixels) resolution. Samsung has powered both models with the Intel Celeron N4000 processor with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.60 GHz and Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU. There is an option to choose from 4GB/6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB/64GB eMMC onboard storage.
The Plus model features two USB Type-C ports as compared to only one USB Type-C port on the smaller sibling. The good thing is that these ports can be used for data sharing as well as charging the Chromebooks. Samsung has bundled with a 30W USB Type-C adapter with every unit. Other connectivity options are the same which include a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, and a headphone out/Mic-in combo.
The new Chromebook 4 series is powered by a 39Wh battery claimed to last for up to 10.5 hours and 12.5 hours on the Chromebook 4+ and Chromebook 4 respectively. Other noteworthy features include Island-type keyboard, stereo speakers, 720p HD webcam, and internal digital mic. Both of these run Chrome OS out of the box with native support for Google Assistant and Play Store applications.
Samsung has priced the Chromebook 4 at $229 and Chromebook 4+ at $299 for the base models. Both of these are already available for purchase via Samsung's online store and Best Buy. They have been released in only one color option i.e. Platinum Titan.