Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for £229/$249 – photos, specs, hands-on video

Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for  £229/$249

Offering fantastic value and designed for simplicity,  the new Samsung Chromebook can now be purchased through the Google Play Store at the hugely affordable price of  £229 ($249) for the Wi-Fi model.

Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for  £229/$249

The new 11.6-inch Chromebook packs an Exynos 5 Dual processor, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI-out port, SD card reader and 2GB of RAM and an 11.6″ (1366 x 768) HD display.

There’s a front facing VGA webcam on board, and in line with its cloud-centric approach, there’s only 16GB of on-board storage backed by a hefty 100GB of cloud storage courtesy of Google Drive.

Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for £229/$249

Despite its low price it look rather a stylish number, weighing just 2.5 pounds and measuring up at 0.8 inches thick.

Connectivity options include WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2 and Bluetooth 3.0 while the battery should keep you going for a quoted 6.5 hours on a full charge.

Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for £229/$249

Engadget got an early hands on (see video below) and seemed impressed:

First impressions? This is a solid machine — build quality and materials are fantastic for the price. It’s also pleasantly thin and light, a boon for people who are used to carrying a laptop around every day.

We’re happy with the display which is bright and crisp. Viewing angles could use some improvement, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better laptop screen at this price. The keyboard and trackpad feel great (we’re coming from an 11-inch Core i7 MacBook Air), and two-finger scrolling works like a charm.

Samsung Chromebook now on Google Play for £229/$249

Here’s how Google extol the Chromebook’s virtues:

Finally, a hassle-free computer. No annoying updates. Nothing complicated to learn. No expensive software to buy. Starts in seconds. Built for everyday use and perfect for sharing with others (if you really have to).

Your favorite Google products built-in: Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. So you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. Choose from thousands of free apps and let Chromebook keep it all fresh with automatic updates.

Chromebook on Google Play



11.6″ (1366 x 768) HD display
Low-glare matte, 200 nit screen
VGA Webcam


Samsung Exynos 5 Dual


2.4 lbs / 1.10 kg


289.6 x 208.5 x 16.8 – 17.5 mm


16 GB Solid State Drive


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
Bluetooth 3.0™


1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
Secure Digital (SD) card reader


Stereo internal speaker
Headphone/microphone jack


2 cell, 30 Wh battery (up to 6.5 hours)


100 GB of Google Drive Cloud Storage for 2 years

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