Update, December 23, 12:45 PM ET): A few days ago, we got our first look at the potential Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. The design of the laptop doesn’t appear to deviate much from last year.
However, via @_h0x0d_ on Twitter, we have some information on specs for the new Chromebook. An official-looking image purports that the device could see a 13.3-inch QLED display, which would be a first for a Chromebook. The image also claims the device will be 178% louder, weight 2.75 lbs., come with a tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor, and have a targeted battery life of over 12 hours.
The image also appears to confirm the design first leaked by Evan Blass, which we discuss in more depth in the original article below.
Original article, December 21, 2020 (03:20 PM ET): Rumors have swirled of Samsung unveiling a Galaxy Chromebook sequel, and now there’s a clue as to what that Chrome OS machine will entail. Well-known tipster Evan Blass has shared what he says is the first leaked image of the Galaxy Chromebook 2, and it appears Samsung was (mostly) happy with last year’s design.
The 2-in-1 system would share the slim, boxy design of the original, with a few conspicuous changes. Samsung would extend the Galaxy Chromebook 2’s color (including the hot red hue) to the sides, and you’d find “rearranged” ports that still include USB-C, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. Not that these are necessarily problems — the first Galaxy Chromebook was an eye-catcher.
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Any major changes are likely to be on the inside. Provided Samsung sticks with Intel chips, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 might leap to 11th-generation Core processors. That could bring significant performance improvements, particularly for graphics-intensive tasks. We wouldn’t count on a MacBook Air-like fanless design as Blass hopes for, but we can’t rule it out.
It’s not certain just when Samsung might introduce the new Chromebook. A CES 2021 introduction may be the strongest possibility when the first Galaxy Chromebook debuted at the 2020 show, but we can’t completely rule out a premiere at Samsung’s expected January 14 event for the Galaxy S21. If this leak is accurate, we wouldn’t anticipate a lengthy wait for a relatively evolutionary design.