We got an early look at the latest Chromebook 2 from Samsung in Hannover yesterday, just prior to CeBIT 2014. Samsung is due to showcase two models during the show this week; 13.3″ and a 11.6″ models both running Google’s Chrome OS on Samsung Exynos 5 Octa-core processors. Check out the videos below for a first hands on and early benchmarks of the 11.6″ Chromebook 2 from Samsung:
Priced at $319 and $399 respectively, these new 11.6 ” and 13.3″ Samsung Chromebook 2 devices will be the most expensive Chromebooks yet, with previous models around $250 mark. Time will tell if the $70+ difference is a deal breaker, but Samsung are clearly trying to market the Chromebook 2 as more than merely an entry-level, bargain basement offering, bringing a device that maintains good build quality, a great keyboard and track pad, good quality display (Full HD in the case of the 13″ model) and professional looking faux leather finish. Samsung is pretty much removing all hint of the cheap-as-chips aroma that has clung to Chromebooks since their inception.
Of course the difference in terms of hardware is under the hood where a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is backed by 4GB of DDR3L. To assess relative performance we ran three browser benchmarks on the 11.6″ Chromebook 2; SunSpider, Browsermark 2 and Octane. Check out the video below.
Without reading too much into benchmark results, which of course are never truly indicative of real world performance, the overall performance of any ARM-based laptop is always going to be scrutinised. x86 platforms have traditionally held sway by a pretty hefty margin. An Intel Celeron-based Chromebook will probably out-muscle the Exynos 5 Octa SoC in head-to-head number crunching, and possibly by a decent margin too. That situation changes slightly if Google can optimize Chrome OS to better take advantage of Samsung’s Octa core processor.