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Samsung working on upgraded Chromebook Pro with backlit keyboard: Report

Samsung could unveil the new Chromebook Pro at CES 2018.

  • Published: November 24, 2017 3:07 PM IST
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Samsung unveiled the Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus earlier this year at CES 2017. The Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus come with rotating touch screens and built-in Google Play support. While the Chromebooks did have a lot to offer and that too at high prices, the one feature missing was a backlit keyboard. It is now reported that Samsung is working on a new Chromebook model which will finally feature backlit keyboard.

Chrome Unboxed reports discovering the addition of a keyboard backlight to the Samsung Chromebook Pro codenamed ‘Caroline’. The source codes reveal the addition of “commands & hooks to control keyboard backlight”. It isn’t known though if Samsung would launch a backlit keyboard version of its current Chromebook Pro, or launch a new model altogether. However, it has been rumored that two new versions of the Chromebook are currently in the works.

The new Chromebook models are expected to be upgraded versions of the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus Chromebook Flip C302. Both these devices were launched at CES 2017. The new Chromebook models are expected to be powered by a Core m7 processor paired with a whopping 16GB of RAM. With these expected specifications, the new Chromebook models would give tough competition to the Google Pixelbook.

As of now, details are still scarce on the new Samsung and Asus Chromebooks. But a CES 2018 unveiling of both the devices is expected. To recall, the Samsung Chromebook Pro features a 12.3-inch quad HD display with 3:2 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Chromebook Pro is powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Core M3 6Y30 dual-core SoC. In terms of memory, it comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It is fueled by a 39Wh battery, and has a USB Type-C port, along with a microSD card slot for connectivity. It also features a front camera with HD resolution.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C302 is equipped with a 12.5-inch LED full HD display, and runs Intel Core M 6Y30 processor under its hood. It is available in 4GB and 8GB of RAM version with storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The Chromebook Flip C302 runs Chrome OS, and has connectivity options including Bluetooth 4.2, microSD card slot, and two USB Type-C ports. Unlike the Chromebook Pro, this 2-in-1 comes with a backlit keyboard.

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  • Published Date: November 24, 2017 3:07 PM IST