There isn’t a lot of Samsung devices out there that can run Android apps and support a stylus, and the recent Galaxy Note 7 debacle has led to one less product in Samsung’s stable.
But not to worry, since Samsung is expected to release a convertible laptop with a premium, all-metal design and even more impressive innards. There’s a catch, however — because there’s always a catch. The Samsung Chromebook Pro won’t run Android; as a consolation of sorts, it will carry the latest version of Chrome OS, which supports all your favorite Android apps and games.
Also: The machine’s official listing on Adorama’s and B&H’s websites has been taken down since being reported on Friday. It is said to launch on October 24th in the U.S. with a price tag of $499, though the date may be pushed back in light of the takedowns.
Still, a little under $500 is a very good deal for a laptop-first-tablet-later device with a 12-inch, 2,400 x 1,600 touchscreen that folds 360 degrees; a hexa-core chipset; 4GB of RAM; two USB Type-C ports; and a 10-hour battery life. Plus, it’s only 0.5 inches thick and weighs less than 2.4 pounds, so we could definitely see this machine being used as a tablet. And it has a stylus, which is a first among Chromebooks.
The only downer here is that, like all standard (and cloud-dependent) Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pro comes with just 32GB of flash storage. Regardless, it sounds like the Lenovo Yoga Book will have serious competition this year.