Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch a hinged, convertible Chromebook that will ship with a stylus in the coming months.
According to the pulled listings, the device will be called the Chromebook Pro, feature a 12.3-inch display (2,400 x 1,600 pixels), a 2.0GHz Hexacore processor, 2 USB-C ports and a claimed 10-hour battery life. Weight was listed at just over 1KG, while it’s just under 14mm thick.
Interestingly, the unit, which appears to feature a hinged design so you can use it as a laptop or a tablet, also features a stylus like those found on its Note devices, but Samsung’s dropped the ‘S’ from ‘S-PEN’ for the Chromebook Pro. It seems to be fully integrated into the design for safe storage.
And best of all, you’ll be able to install Android apps on it – anyone running Chrome OS version 53 or newer can already install the update that allows Google Play (and therefore Android apps) to be installed on Chrome devices.
While it’s a start towards a full, harmonised platform for Google, it’s not quite the blend of Android and Chrome OS that you’d hope. For now, for example, you’ll have to manually re-download any apps you want on your Chromebook, as they won’t automatically sync from your phone.
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