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Press Renders Leak of Samsung Chromebook 2, Features Leatherette Backside

Samsung Chromebook 2

Samsung must absolutely love themselves a little leatherette backside, as it appears they are bringing the design from the Galaxy Note 3, to an upcoming Chromebook 2 device. Thanks to evleaks, who posted two pictures of the device over the weekend, fans of the Chrome OS can keep their eyes open for a brand new laptop device from Samsung. 

We don’t get to see too much besides the backside, featuring that leatherette texture, but we can see it features at least one USB port and a headphone jack.

As for release info and pricing, we got nada. Once Google and Samsung make this Chromebook official, we will be sure to let you know.

Are you feeling the faux leather? You know you want it.

Samsung Chromebook 2 2

Via: @evleaks [2]
  • Patmw123

    I’ll be interested to see what differences there will be between this one and the first generation Samsung chromebook. I love my first generation.

  • TJG

    just officially announced by Samsung read on androidcentral, let’s hope it’ll be available in Canada; Google seems to forget about us on a lot of occasions

  • cgalyon

    Until I can see Samsung devices with vinyl leatherette and wood veneer with ugly earth tones, I won’t be buying it. I demand a 70’s retro-style smartphone/tablet/computer. Then I can enjoy the satisfaction of peeling the laptop off my legs while wearing shorts on a warm summer day… ah yes, the memories…

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Exynos chips are straight garbage for chromebooks. Trust me, get an intel in there.

    • trixnkix637

      I agree.

    • DaveTea

      Yep. You Haswell or you hasbad.

  • jim

    I have the Note 3 and I love the back of it. Great feel

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    I just bought the HP Chromebook 11 two weeks ago. Im loving the device. It would have been nice if it had a better camera for hangouts and a 4gb option. Overall the Chromebook 11 is a beast.

  • turdbogls

    i actually dont mind it….I would have preferred something else (like soft-touch, or even just matte black/white/colors) but its not a deal breaker for me.
    I am about to pull the trigger on the Acer C720 here in the next week or so, but if i get more info on this, and its got what i want (Haswell, higher res screen, thinner/lighter than other chromebooks) I will be holding out for this one.

    • trixnkix637

      I’d take a look at the Toshiba Chromebook that debuted at CES & compare. I got it, and am loving it so far.

      • turdbogls

        yeah, pretty much any chromebook with haswell is on my radar…just a matter of what size i want will determine the model. 11″ acer, 13″ toshiba, 14″ HP

        • trixnkix637

          Forgive my ignorance, but what’s a Haswell?

          • hkklife

            It’s what you need if you value decent battery life *and* performance in a laptop/ultrabook!

          • Allen Yates

            It’s Intel’s latest, very power efficient processor. The previous Samsungs used an Exynos processor, which is less powerful. I don’t know about battery life though.

          • trixnkix637

            Oh I heard bad things about Samsung’s processor outside of mobile devices.

          • turdbogls

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswell_(microarchitecture)

            in short, its intels new processor. which is much more power efficient than other processors. chromebooks on Haswell processors are getting about 8-9 hours of battery life…roughly double what non-haswell processors are seeing.

    • Tim242

      Soft touch = “faux leather”

      • turdbogls

        soft touch = rubberized finish like the Nexus line uses.

  • nosedive94

    IMO, the Chromebook 11 from HP is the most beautiful thing I own. I have both the HP 11 and the Samsung 11, and I much prefer the HP. And for everyone hating on CBs here, don’t knock it until you try it. I’ve never had a single problem with either of mine, and being online isn’t an issue since I have LTE tethering from my phone.

    • trixnkix637

      Do you use Foxfi to tether to it?

      • nosedive94

        No just the standard Verizon WiFi hotspot app

        • trixnkix637

          I thought Verizon doesn’t allow tethering anymore? Maybe I’m misinformed.

          • 213ninja

            it sure does. in fact, if you’re on a share plan, they advocate it heavily!!

          • trixnkix637

            Wow I didn’t know that! How would I go about doing it? Just download the VZW Wifi Hotspot app? Does it cost extra per month? I’m on an unlimited data plan though.

          • hkklife

            If you are on a grandfathered VZW data plan and want to do *legit* tethering, it’s a $30/month add-on.

          • fauxshizzl

            Last time I tried it said I had to add the tethering service for a monthly cost. Maybe it is because we are on unlimited and not shared?

          • 213ninja

            as stated below, it costs extra if you are on an unlimited data plan. if you are on a share plan, which is what i referenced above, it’s included.

          • nosedive94

            Of course they encourage it on a limited plan! The more data you use, the more you’ll have to pay! I’m personally up to a 14GB plan now.

  • b00sted

    Only thing I did not like on my note 3 (other than touchwiz and Knox and verizon and locked bootloader) was the fake leather back..

    • 213ninja

      the black is nicer than the white imo, at least it adds grip. i bought a white n3 and ended up with the black Qi back.

  • Cael

    It makes it look like a briefcase…where’s the straps?

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    They really need to hire better designers

  • trixnkix637

    Am I the only one who seems to hate this “gimmick”? It adds no function, aesthetic or otherwise to the product. Damn you Sammy.

    • Intellectua1

      I’m pretty sure you’re not alone with that feeling on this site. I personally don’t mind it..

      • 213ninja

        lol

    • crazed_z06

      I wouldnt call it a “new” gimmick. A lot of old cameras have this kind of texturing.

      It works well on Phones as it allows a bit more grip.

      • EC8CH

        it’s the fake stitching that loses me

    • 213ninja

      i’m not saying i love it, but on the black colorway, it absolutely adds grip.

  • EC8CH

    Acer c720… that and the Moto X are two of the best mobile device purchases I think I’ve ever made. They have both proven to be a great value and very good quality for the money.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      How do you feel about the Chromebook? Are you okay with always having to be online to do stuff? What do you do that doesn’t need an internet connection?

      • EC8CH

        It honestly makes me feel like an idiot for spending close to a grand on a Windows laptop a year or so earlier.

        I’m always on wifi or have the ability to tether anyway.

        If you ask me 90% of people should be using chrome OS instead of windows, especially old people… so much less hassle. Printing is probably the only hangup… old people LOVE to print stuff off and maybe they’d get confused by that on chrome os.

        • Intellectua1

          You mean much less hassle, not so much less hassle.. Not being a Grammer nazi but that part just bothered me..

          • GrammarGirl

            So much is perfectly appropriate in that context, at least technically.

          • EC8CH

            That’s what I thought… but who am I to argue with a Grammar Nazi in self denial who can’t even spell grammAr correctly?

        • BK

          Printing is getting better/simpler now. It’s just somewhat different than what folks may be used to. You’re absolutely right about older people too – especially those whose kids are their main tech support!

          • EC8CH

            “Especially those whose kids are their main tech support!”

            Tell me about it. Pretty sure the best Christmas gift I could get myself would be to give my parents and in laws Chromebooks. If Google is looking for a funny and true to life holiday commercial for chrome OS…. there’s your premise.

          • nosedive94

            I don’t print anymore. I just use the “save to Drive” option in Chrome unless it’s something which absolutely needs to be on paper.

          • EC8CH

            once again though…. old people love to print things for some strange reason.

          • BK

            Save to Drive is awesome, agreed. But until the day printing is gone forever, it’s important to do it right. Chromebooks weren’t there before, but I think they are now.

        • p8ntballah21

          I have a C720(4 GB RAM option). I love it! Its a perfect device for doing basic things on, I can even do SMS through it! Printing isn’t hard, you just have to set up your printer in Google Cloud Print and your ready to go!

        • nosedive94

          I agree. My mom is getting old and always needs my help for the simplest tasks on her Windows laptop. I plan to give her my Samsung 11 when I go to college in the fall, and teach her how to use Hangouts to keep in touch.

      • Cameron E Nelson

        Mobile hotspot and all problems are solved. Got the Chromebook 14 and love it!

      • BK

        I have the Chromebook Pixel. Expensive – yes. Worth it – yes.

        I have become the biggest ChromeOS promoter. The ONLY things I can’t do on a Chromebook are heavy media editing – and I don’t do much of that anyway. Other than that, the simplicity, speed, and convenience are simply unmatched.

        I don’t recommend everyone to get the Pixel (it was kind of a dream purchase). But the cheaper Chromebooks are great for any budget.

        • nosedive94

          I have the HP 11 and the Samung 11 and I love my HP. I plan to buy the Pixel for the fall semester to replace my Toshiba Satellite. I fell in love with ChromeOS when I realized that unlike a traditional PC, I never have to worry about losing anything or constantly backing my files up. Plus no matter which device I’m using (phone, tablet, Chromebook) all my files are there. You have no idea what kind of freedom that is until you experience it firsthand.

          • BK

            I love my Pixel. But you may want to look elsewhere if battery life is important to you. It’s the Achilles Heel on an otherwise perfect machine.

          • Droid Ronin

            Would you be able to run ADB, Fastboot, and Eclipse on a Chromebook? Those are really the only tools/apps that I need that Windows serves me for.

          • Droid Ronin
        • MK17

          Can you do VBA programming in excel files? Odd question, but it would be the one thing that I really need.

        • Dylan

          I’ve been antsy to get a Chromebook just to play with, but I hate that your choices are the Pixel (almost a year old at this point) and then low end-stuff. There’s nothing filling out the middle-ground. I ended up replacing my last laptop with a Yoga 2 Pro since I needed a little more juice for development stuff.
          Funny thing, I started playing around with “Windows Store Apps” and HTML/CSS/JS, and I don’t feel a Chromebook craving at the moment (maybe it will come back after I get bored again). I don’t understand all the Windows 8 hate.

          • Cowboydroid

            Wait for the Asus models to be released soon. I’m hoping they’ll fill the gap. These Samsung models are just wretched. All of Samsung’s stuff is just wretched these days. I wouldn’t be caught dead with a Samsung device.

            I’ve my mom’s and a friend’s Chromebooks, and I think they’re awesome. I haven’t had a need for another device yet, but I just may purchase an Asus-made Chromebook.

          • Dylan

            It’s sad that it hasn’t been done by now because even my “mid-range” specs aren’t that high.
            – 8 Hour Battery Life
            – Screen with great viewable angles and enough realestate to have to have side-by-side bowsers (1080p IPS maybe?)
            – Backlight keyboard and high quality touchpad
            – Enough Memory/CPU to cast and keep working in other tabs.

          • Cowboydroid

            The battery life on the new Intel powered Chromebooks is amazing. Windows books don’t even come close. 8hr is using it continuously. It will last on standby for days, probably a week.

            The screens on the low end models really are bad. Although the Acer model does get really bright. I’m hoping Asus releases a 1080p model.

            A backlit keyboard would be great. The touchpads on both the Acer and HP are high quality. Never had an issue with them.

            The new Intel processors are plenty powerful enough. And 2GB of RAM is more than enough for most people, unless you have 30+ windows open.

          • trixnkix637

            I’d take a few for a test drive. There’s nothing on my Toshiba Chromebook 2014 that I would consider low-end given the price.

      • http://androidiantech.com/ Juan Lopez

        HP Chromebook with LTE

      • Jérôme Besnard

        Got a Chromebook last year and I love it. To answer your question, I don’t remember the last time I used my desktop without an Internet connection. So I am actually planning to replace my Windows 7 machine by a Chrome box or a AIO (like the Chromebase from LG).

      • interwebs

        i mean if you don’t have an internet connection, what are you going to do on your computer anyway? It has quickoffice which can be used offline but outside of that, there’s a media player that plays mp4s and other media files so i guess you can do that too.

      • trixnkix637

        I love the Toshiba Chromebook 2014. Bought it from Best Buy. They give 14 days to try it out and if you don’t like it you get a full refund. Being somewhere that doesn’t have wifi these days is pretty scarce. That said, there are offline apps that you can use, that once you’re connected to the internet again, automatically update/save your work to the cloud (i.e. Google Drive). That being said, I was skeptical too at first, but at $280 for a 13 in. laptop, I took the plunge and haven’t looked back since. Perfect if you’re a Google/Android fan. I don’t recommend if you’re into heavy audio/video editing. Can handle most photo editing, not like Photoshop, but there’s decent alternatives.

        • Kyle Miller

          Literally everything you stated I agree with! I’m loving the Toshiba Chromebook. The only reason I keep my outdated Toshiba Windows 7 laptop is for updating/flashing/rooting my Note 3 (or any other phone) and transferring large zip files to portable usb hd (ps3 games)

      • bogy25

        My reason for getting the Chromebook was to do online things such as surf the internet and use apps. I did not plan on doing offline work – that is not what the Chromebook is all about. I also liked the price point. I got the Acer C720P and I have to say it is just awesome – for $249 it was money well spent. For my needs I list above it works better than I expected and I like having a touch screen with the internet surfing – something I thought I would never need. But, once you swipe a page away instead of click the back arrow or scroll down with your thumb or press to open instead of point and click…..you will see what I mean. All I would like to see is a larger screen maybe, more RAM for sure (minimum 4GB) and larger storage space on the SSD. Otherwise – make it up-gradable and I will do all those things myself. :) Right now, the RAM is soldered to the board and the SSD is up-gradable just a bit expensive for me right now.

      • DaveTea

        I just picked up a C720 last week, put it in developer mode, upgraded the SSD to 64GB, then installed Ubuntu. Works surprisingly well running Linux even with only 2GB RAM. Chrome OS is pretty cool too as long as you are just doing ‘google stuff’. If I just need to do basic web tasks I’ll fire up Chrome but if I need to get some real work done I boot Ubuntu. For $250 (including the larger SSD) I couldn’t be happier.

  • chris kilps

    also now with touchpadwiz, jk

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Much Yawn Samsung.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    why do they keep doing this to us?

    • 213ninja

      they don’t care about “us” (i use that in the loosest sense). they care about the millions…