Samsung Tips Stylish, $549 Galaxy Chromebook2

From PC Mag: What’s a lot of money to spend on a Chromebook? According to Samsung, it’s $600 or more. That’s the marker for what the Korean tech giant considers a “premium” Chromebook in the US, and the company says it sold a considerable 34% of all units priced above this amount last year.

Now, Samsung plans to test the limits of that $600 mark by introducing its latest premium Chromebook, the Galaxy Chromebook2, for slightly less. The Chromebook2 will go on sale for a starting price of $549, equipped with a snazzy 13-inch QLED touch screen with pen support and the ability to answer calls and texts from any Galaxy phone.

Samsung’s QLED technology made its laptop debut on the Galaxy Book Flex last year, offering more brilliant colors than standard LED screens. The Chromebook2, launched ahead of next week’s CES, is the first Chromebook to offer a QLED screen. Not even Samsung’s ultra-premium $1,000 Galaxy Chromebook has one.

The new Chromebook2, which sports a 360-degree hinge that lets you convert it into a tablet, will include nearly all of the latest Chrome innovations from Google. These include the H1 security chip which enables hardware-verified boot-ups and guards against viruses and physical hacking. The device will also support Google’s new Universal Stylus Initiative, which certifies that any digital stylus will work with the Chromebook2, not just ones made by Samsung.

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