Samsung announced today that its Chromebook Plus V2 will be available later this month and it features some upgrades to the 2017 model. First, Samsung has swapped the ARM processor included in the original Chromebook Plus for a faster Intel Celeron 3965Y CPU, and it also added a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, making the two-in-one device even more functional as a tablet. Additionally, the keyboard is designed to resist minor spills of up to two ounces.
Like the previous model, the V2 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also features a 12.2-inch 1920×1080 resolution display (a downgrade from the Plus’ 2400×1600 resolution), a 1-megapixel front-facing camera and a built-in pen. It’s slightly heavier than the original Chromebook Plus though, coming in at 2.93 pounds compared to the earlier model’s 2.38 pounds.
While the Intel processor is a step up from what the Plus offered, it’s still not as good as the Intel Core M3 processor included in last year’s Chromebook Pro. The V2 is priced at $500, which is $50 more than what the original Plus cost at launch, so you’ll have to decide if the slight upgrade is worth the price increase.