Samsung Debuts Chromebooks at CES, Competitors to iPad, Surface Pro

Google and Samsing have teamed up on a pair of new Chromebooks that made their debut at the CES 2017 taking place in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 through Jan. 8. The new models, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, are 2-in-1 designs that can transform from laptop to tablet form and each offers a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, quad HD screen, built-in digitized pen and a new metal design.

Each new model will have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and Samsung said the batteries can last up to eight hours. The devices will also come with an enhanced battery life extender to lengthen productivity time. The Plus will launch next month for $449, while the Pro is set to arrive sometime in the spring for an undisclosed price.

The Chromebooks are likely being positioned as less-expensive alternatives to Apple's iPad Pro, which starts at around $699, and the Surface Pro, priced starting at $899, but with the added benefit of an included stylus and the ability to more easily switch between laptop and tablet mode, thanks to the rotating touchscreen.

Machines Appear Virtually Identical

?EU?With the Chromebook Plus and Pro, we?EU?re partnering with Google to pair a sleek design with supreme flexibility, encouraging users to experience more with Google Play and Android apps, while continuing to provide simplicity, top-rated security and shareability inherent in Chromebooks,?EU? said Alanna Cotton, vice president of product marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

From the specifications, the two devices appear virtually identical. The only differences between the Plus and the Pro are to be found in the processor -- the Plus uses an ARM-based OP1 chip, while the Pro uses an Intel Core M3 -- and graphics ability -- the Plus uses internal graphics, while the Pro comes with Intel HD Graphics 515.

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