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Samsung’s Chromebook 4+ and Chromebook 4 are budget-oriented but with a premium look

By Sam Medley , last updated on October 9, 2019

The Samsung Chromebook 3 is a decent budget Chromebook, but it’s getting a bit long in the tooth. Fans of the brand are in luck, though; Samsung recently released two successors to the Chromebook 3.

Launched yesterday, the Samsung Chromebook 4 is an 11.6-inch Chromebook with an HD (1366×768) display and weighs in at 2.6 pounds. The Chromebook 4+ has a 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) display and weighs about 3.75 pounds.

Both Chromebooks use Intel’s dual-core Celeron N4000 CPU (1.1. GHz base, 2.6 GHz boost). Additionally, the machines can be configured with either 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. While the CPU is a minor step up from the Chromebook 3’s Celeron N3060, the RAM and storage options are noticeable improvements.

Additionally, the Samsung Chromebook 4 and 4+ will have WiFi 5 onboard and will charge via USB-C. Both Chromebooks have a 39 Wh battery. Samsung estimates the Chromebook 4 will last 12.5 hours on a charge, while the bigger Chromebook 4+ will run for 10.5 hours on battery. The full specifications from Samsung’s press release are at the end of this article.

Samsung states that the Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+ will both be compatible with the Google Play Store and Google Assistant. Users can activate Google Assistant by saying the “Hey, Google” catchphrase, which is a nice feature to see at this price.

Samsung Chromebok 4+

Samsung Chromebook 4+

That price is still affordable. The Chromebook 4 starts at $230, while the Chromebook 4+ starts at $300. That’s not too bad considering the specifications, and the Chromebooks should be competitive.

The main sticking point is the low-end processor. The Celeron N4000 is a dual-core chip that lacks hyperthreading. Considering most budget Chromebooks run on similar silicon, though, the new Samsung Chromebooks don’t seem below par.

Model NameSamsung Chromebook 4Samsung Chromebook 4+
Operating SystemChrome OSChrome OS
Processor / ChipsetIntel® Celeron® Processor N4000 (1.10 GHz up to 2.60 GHz 4 MB L2 Cache)Intel® Celeron® Processor N4000 (1.10 GHz up to 2.60 GHz 4 MB L2 Cache)
GraphicIntel® UHD Graphics 600Intel® UHD Graphics 600
Display11.6″ HD LED Display (1366 x 768), Anti-Reflective15.6″ FHD LED Display (1920 x 1080), Anti-Reflective
Memory4GB / 6 GB LPDDR44GB / 6 GB LPDDR4
Hard Drive32GB / 64GB eMMC32GB / 64GB eMMC
ColorPlatinum TitanPlatinum Titan
MultimediaStereo Speakers (1.5 W x 2)
Internal Digital Mic
720p HD Camera
Stereo Speakers (1.5 W x 2)
Internal Digital Mic
720p HD Camera
NetworkWi-Fi 5 (2×2)
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi 5 (2×2)
Bluetooth
Ports1 USB-C™2 USB-C™
1 USB3.01 USB3.0
1 MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader1 MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
InputIsland-type keyboard
Touchpad
Island-type keyboard
Touchpad
Power39 Wh39 Wh
30 W USB-C™ Adapter30 W USB-C™ Adapter
Dimension11.33″ x 7.96″ x 0.66” (287.9 x 202.3 x 16.7 mm)14.16″ x 9.64″ x 0.65″ (359.7 x 244.9 x 16.5 mm)
Weight2.60 lbs (1.18 kg)3.75 lbs (1.7 kg)
SecuritySlim Security Slot
TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
Slim Security Slot
TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
Energy StarYesYes

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Sam Medley is a seasoned news writer and device reviewer with a passion for telling the story behind technology. His key areas of interest are data privacy, Linux, and gaming (with a particular affinity for retro games). When he's not writing, Sam is producing music, tinkering with electronics, or spending time outside with his wife and four children

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