THE Samsungrevealed this Monday (7) the Chromebook 4, another generation of the manufacturer’s basic notebook with Chrome OS. It comes in versions of 11.6 and 15.6 inches, is equipped with USB-C ports and has a battery with autonomy of up to 12.5 hours in the smaller model.
It’s been four years (!) Since Samsung launched the previous generation of its entry-level Chromebook, dubbed the Chromebook 3. Since then, the company has even announced other more expensive notebooks, such as the Chromebook Plus, but left the simpler version as well dated.
The Chromebook 4 modernizes Samsung’s Chrome OS entry: it has a new silver-colored design, is equipped with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor and brings a new USB-C port (or two on the 15.6-inch model) that can recharge the battery with the 30 watt plug adapter, as well as to transfer files at 5 Gb / s or connect a 4K monitor.
The 11.6 inch version continues with a 1366 × 768 pixel LCD screen (I hope the quality of the panel has improved), while the 15.6 inch version, also called the Chromebook 4+, is Full HD. You can choose between 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of storage. And, although it included USB-C ports, Samsung kept the USB-A, the 3.5 mm jack for headphones and a card reader.
Interestingly, Samsung decided to use the same battery in both versions. So the 39 Wh component is capable of keeping the 11.6-inch Chromebook 4 on for up to 12.5 hours, while the 15.6-inch component has an estimated autonomy of up to 10.5 hours. Notebook weights are only 1.18 kg and 1.7 kg, respectively.
Both versions already run Android apps from the factory and will be sold in the United States with prices starting at $ 229.99 (11.6 inches) or $ 299.99 (15.6 inches). It is not a notebook to play Crysis and converting the dollar doesn’t help, but you can’t say it’s expensive; there are those who pay more than that in a headset.
Samsung did not say whether or when the Chromebook 4 will be launched in Brazil. One of the great draws of the previous generation, despite the simple hardware, was the tempting price: the Chromebook 3 could cost less than a thousand reais in retail promotions. We’ll see if that holds true for the new model.