Samsung Chromebook 2 set to square off against Intel-powered Chrome OS devices

Official product pages for the Samsung Chromebook 2 are going live, so with an April release date, the laptops should be hitting the market soon. This refresh is among the most anticipated for two reasons: The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 will be the first to have a 1920 x 1080 display and both models will jump from Samsung’s dual-core to eight-core processor. The company has already said to expect a 125 percent performance boost as a result and battery life will range from 8 to 8.5 hours.

Will buyers pay a premium for these devices which priced higher than the Chromebooks(s goog) with an Intel(s intc) Haswell chip? We discuss that on this week’s Chrome Show podcast because Intel has made a compelling processor for Chromebooks, offering similar battery life and solid performance.

Tune in below or download the show here to listen in on our thoughts plus news of a new Chrome experiment and an interesting take on a sub-$400 Windows vs Chromebook shootout.
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