Samsung Quietly Unveils Its 11-Inch Chromebook 3

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Sneaky Samsung! On Tuesday (Jan. 5), at the same time that it unveiled its ultra-thin Notebook 9 Windows laptops, the Korean electronics maker quietly announced the Samsung Chromebook 3, its latest notebook running Google's free operating system.

The Samsung Chromebook 3 has specifications very similar to those of the Lenovo 100S Chromebook, which we recently reviewed. Like the Lenovo, the Samsung features an 11.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution.

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Measuring 11.36 x 8.04 x 0.70 inches, the Samsung is just a tad smaller than the Lenovo; at 2.53 pounds, it's just a hair heavier. Both machines run on Intel Celeron CPUs — the Samsung on the N3050 chip, the Lenovo on the N2840.

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Samsung promises that the Chromebook 3 will get up to 11 hours of battery life on a full charge, but hasn't released the size of the battery. In our test, the Lenovo 100S Chromebook lasted 11 hours and 19 minutes.

Like the Lenovo, the Samsung starts with a 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, which can optionally be increased to 4GB. (There doesn't seem to be an option to increase the Samsung's storage capacity.)

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Both machines sport one of each type of necessary port: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and headphone/microphone. But while the Lenovo 100S Chromebook has a full-sized SD card slot, the Samsung Chromebook 3 shrinks that to a microSD slot.

The one thing Samsung didn't disclose about the Chromebook 3 was its price. That may be because while its predecessor, the Samsung Chromebook 2, still carries a suggested retail price of $249, the Lenovo 100S Chromebook retails for $179, and the similarly specced Acer C720 Chromebook goes for $199.

Samsung said the Chromebook 3 will go on sale "in early 2016." We plan to get a hands-on at CES 2016, and be sure to check back here in a month or two for our review.

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4 comments
  • Shirley Vertullo Says:

    does the Damsung 3 chrome book hsve 4GLTE capabiliyy

  • PeteB Says:

    This is my second Samsung Chromebook. I'm a computer geek, so sometimes I buy hardware, just for the hell of it, just to test it and get a feel for capabilities. I bought my first Samsung chromebook about 3 years ago. I was very surprised to find out that it would be my most used device in my home (which includes 3 different ipads, a couple tablets and many MS laptops). The chromebook 3 seems no different than my original, other than better screen and horsepower for the same price. I ordered it mid Feb 2016 and received it early March. My only gripe is that they shortened the power cord by a foot or two - and made the powerplug a bulky power converter.

  • Sam L. Says:

    Yea, this all sounds good but you can't buy it anywhere.

  • Sean D Says:

    If the Samsung Chromebook is anything like its predecessors, the durability is suspect.

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