Samsung Launches a 15.6-Inch Chromebook

Samsung’s first Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display uses a 1080p panel, offers 802.11ac wireless, and only costs $320.

Usually when a new piece of hardware is launched there’s a press release and some marketing behind it. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Samsung’s latest Chromebook, which has started appearing at online retailers.

Details are sparse, but this Samsung Chromebook 4+ (XE350XBAI) counts as the company’s first 15.6-inch Chrome OS device. It’s also quite tempting for anyone in the market for a Chromebook as even with the larger display it only costs $320.

As Chrome Unboxed reports, with no official details from Samsung yet, we can only go on the details posted by online retailers Connection and Insight. It runs Chrome OS, of course, and should get Google’s full 6.5 years of support (or maybe even longer?). The Chromebook is powered by a Gemini Lake N4000 dual-core Celeron processor running at 1.1GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 600 and 4GB of DDR4 RAM (soldered). Storage is a paltry 32GB eMMc drive and the webcam is 720p. The display is a very welcome 1080p panel, but not a touchscreen.

The ports selection includes two USB-C, one of which can be used for charging, there’s also a headphone/microphone combination jack, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and 802.11ac wireless. It weighs in at 3.75lbs and the silver casing makes this Chromebook 4+ look far more expensive than its selling price.

It seems likely these online retailer jumped the gun by listing the Chromebook 4+ this week and I’m sure Samsung will announce it officially in the very near future. If you’re considering buying a Chromebook, this one should definitely be on your shortlist for the screen alone. A new Chromebook 4 is also thought to be launching, with the main difference being it only has an 11.6-inch display.