Samsung appears ready to take on Google with the launch of a high-end Chromebook with stylus support and a Lenovo-style 360-degree hinge.
The leak, courtesy of SamMobile, reveals that the so-called Samsung Chromebook Pro, previously codenamed Kevin, will have a 12.3in touchscreen display with a 2460x1600 resolution and 400 nits of brightness.
This display will also be the first on a laptop to come with support for Samsung’s stylus, which the firm now calls just ‘PEN’, no doubt to distance it from the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung will equip the Chromebook Pro with a 360-degree hinge so that it can transform from a laptop into a tablet device in a bid to make it better for scribbling on.
The flexible chassis will be crafted from aluminium and will come with a slot for storing the PEN, according to the report, which claimed that the Chromebook Pro will be 13.9mm thick and weigh 1.08kg.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro will use a 2GHz hexa-core processor comprising two Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores, alongside 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Naturally, the laptop will run Google’s Chrome OS, and SamMobile noted that, much like the HP Chromebook 11 G5, it will be able to run Android apps from the start.
Beyond that, you can also expect a battery life of around 10 hours, two USB-C ports, an SD card slot and a headphone jack.
The laptop was listed on US retailer Adorama’s website over the weekend with a pre-order price of $499, but the listing has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been removed.
However, the listing said that the Chromebook Pro will be available from 24 October, so it is likely that Samsung will launch the device any day now.
There’s no word yet on UK availability but we'll keep this page updated as more information comes to light, so check back to find out more.
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