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.



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.)


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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  • 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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