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October 17, 2016updated 13 Jan 2017 11:48am

Samsung looks to follow HP with Chromebook Pro with stylus

The Chromebook Pro is expected to cost $499.

By Alexander Sword

Samsung may be launching a premium Chromebook with a stylus following a similar move from HP.

The device will feature a 2GHz hexa-core processor, 32GB onboard storage and 4G RAM, according to the information posted onto Samsung’s Korean website and seen by Sam Mobile before being removed.

It will also have a stylus called a PEN, making it the first Chromebook to use a stylus. The device is made out of aluminium and can apparently last up to 10 hours on a full charge.

It is expected to cost $499, according to the leak, and will be called the Chromebook Pro.

HP announced the $499 Chromebook 13 earlier in 2016. This features a 13.3-inch 3,200-by-1800 “QHD+” display and 0.5-inch-thick all-aluminum chassis and can run with high-end Intel processors.

In May it was announced that Chromebooks would be able to download apps from the Google Play Store, bringing them into the Android ecosystem.

Chromebook

Chromebooks can download apps from the Google Play Store.

“Chromebooks have always been about making computing more accessible for everyone, and by bringing together the best of Android and Chrome OS, we are taking a big leap forward,” wrote Dylan Reid and Elijah Taylor, Chrome OS Software Engineers, in the blog announcement.

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This includes Android apps such as Skype or Office, meaning that developers and companies can now easily build apps that are usable across smartphones, tablets and laptops.

First announced at the Google I/O conference in May 2011, Chromebooks run on Chrome OS.

They are notable for generally being considerably cheaper than a standard laptop, with HP, Acer and Asus models currently priced between £150 and £200 on Amazon.

The machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, as the majority of the applications and documents live in the cloud, rather than on the device.

There is typically very little storage space on a Chromebook. The advantage of this is that it makes the device light to carry around and quick to start, as they use solid state drives.

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