As part of Black Friday sales, Amazon has discounted both the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Chromebook Plus by $100 today. These are new-for-2017 models that really set the tone for Chromebooks this year.
The Chromebook Plus has a 12.3″ display rendering at 2400 x 1600. It is also a touchscreen which makes using the included stylus or your finger for apps easier. It has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage and you can expand that storage thanks to the MicroSD slot. It has dual-microphones, a 720p Webcam and, of course, Wi-Fi. It only ways 2.4 lbs so it is designed for portability and with it being able to be be used as a laptop or a slate, you have a lot of flexibility in where and how you use this Chromebook.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM processor which is both battery efficient and powerful enough to get your daily work done. The 39Wh battery is rated to give users up to 8 hours of life per charge and charging is done via a USB-C connector. As you would expect, Android app support is also there for the Chromebook Plus.
As for the Chromebook Pro, it is powered by the Intel Core M3 6Y30 processor with integrated Intel graphics. The processor is clocked at 2.2GHz and is coupled with 4GB of RAM (LPDDR3 for those interested). It has 32GB of internal storage which is generally more than enough for a Chromebook and has a 12.3″ touchscreen that renders Quad HD resolution. That display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and there is an digitized stylus that comes with it.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro uses USB-C for its charging, following the requirements from Google that all new-for-2017 Chromebooks use this new standard. It comes with 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and all the other normal Chromebook features like a webcam and a 3.5mm audio jack. Samsung indicates that the battery life of the Chromebook Pro is 8 hours.
Like the Chromebook Plus, the Pro has a 360-degree rotating display so you can use it in a laptop configuration or as a slate and it can also run Android apps.