Samsung brings Chromebook 2 Series, targeting education segment

Samsung Electronics said its Chromebook 2 Series comes in 11.6- and 13.3-inch configurations. The U.S. price of 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 will be $319.99, while the 13.3-inch model is $399.99.

Both will be available from April. Samsung’s main target is education segment.

The main focus of the new Samsung Chromebook series is faster performance, longer battery life and a slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and elegant stitched design.

Samsung said its 13.3-inch model sports a Full HD (1920×1080) screen with 250nit brightness. In the U.S., Samsung was the leading Chromebook brand in 2013, accounting for more than 60 percent of overall market share, according to NPD.

The launch of Chromebook 2 Series is aimed at enhancing market share.

Samsung Chromebook 2 series

“Chromebooks are particularly important in the education space – according to Futuresource, one in four devices now sold into K-12 schools in the U.S. are Chromebooks – so we’ve designed our latest models with students and teachers in mind, including features like rapid start times, longer battery life and an easy-to-grip design,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series wakes up in less than one second and cold boots in less than ten. Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processors allow for effortless multitasking and rapid rendering of graphics and videos, so multimedia content never misses a beat.

The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 is optimized for Google+ Hangouts messaging and video calling with enhanced audio quality on high-power speakers (2Wx2) and a noise reducing array microphone, helping conversations come alive on the high-resolution screen.

Users can benefit from up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

Chromebooks update automatically, ensuring users always have the most recent technology and security features without needing to think about it. Also, when you use a Chromebook, all your information and files are saved, encrypted to your account. This makes it easy and safe for family members or students to share a device, or switch between devices.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series comes with a package of premium apps worth more than $100. It includes smartphone access and data management service Air Droid Premium, task management and collaboration app Wunderlist Pro, and, an English learning app.

At less than 2.5 pounds for the 11.6-inch model, it is easy to carry anywhere. The lid features the stylish stitched design of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3, adding to the sophisticated look.

Samsung Chromebook 2 Series is ideal for educators and administrators seeking to adopt one-to-one learning programs. Using the web-based console – available with support from Google for $30 per device for schools – Samsung Chromebooks can be centrally managed, making it easy for educators to configure a set of laptops across the classroom or the entire school.

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