Samsung has announced that it is updating its Chromebook Plus laptop, with a new version coming soon. The second-generation Chromebook Plus is expected to see a big change in the processor department, and will switch from the ARM-based OP1 chipset manufactured by Rockchip to an Intel Celeron option. Apart from this, the updated laptop will also come with a 13-megapixel rear camera.
The Chromebook Plus sits alongside another Samsung Chrome OS product called the Chromebook Pro. The latter is a more powerful laptop, and uses Intel Core series processors. The Chromebook Plus is meant to be a more affordable and basic option, using the more energy efficient but significantly less capable OP1 chipset. ARM-based processors are designed for mobile usage on smaller devices, offering enough power for the purpose while keeping battery usage low.
Chrome OS’ integration with Android apps is one reason why ARM-based processors are recommended for such devices, while Intel’s processors are typically meant for laptops that require a bit more power. As a result, the updated laptop is likely to have better performance on the whole, but performance with Android apps could fall a bit. The new Chromebook Plus is set to go on sale starting June 24 in the US for $500, but is unlikely to be launched in India.
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Chrome OS is Google’s effort in making its own computing operating system, and is designed for cloud-based computing. Its reliance on web-based apps and reliable internet connectivity means it isn’t quite as capable as Microsoft Windows or MacOS, traditionally considered the more powerful platforms. Google itself markets the Pixelbook, it’s premium Chrome OS-based device, which is priced at a premium.