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Samsung Chromebook Pro Powered by Rockchip RK3399 SoC to Sell for $499

Considering Linux kernel commits related to RK3399 processor almost always involves developers with a chromium.org email address, beside rock-chip.com ones, we had to expect a Rockchip RK3399 based Chromebook sooner or later, and based on various leaks, Samsung Chromebook Pro appears to be one the RK3399 Chromebooks to come to market very soon.

samsung-chromebook-proWe’ll see some of the key features and pictures, and technical details on websites such as Adorama, so we can have a pretty good idea of Chromebook Pro OP1 / 513C24I specifications, even though Samsung and Google have yet to officially launch the device:

  • SoC – Hexa core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ up to 2.0 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores (Which has to be Rockchip RK3399 SoC, or a special RK3399-C specific to Chromebooks)
  • System Memory – 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Display – 360°-rotatable 12.3” LED touchscreen display;  2,400 x 1,600 resolution; 400 nits brightness
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera – 1x front-facing webcam
  • USB – 2x USB type C ports
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons, digital pen
  • Battery – Up to 10 hours of battery usage; 70% battery capacity retention expected after 3 years
  • Dimensions – 280 x 221 x 12.9 to 13.9 thickness (All metal body)
  • Weight – 1.08 kg

Chromebook Pro will run the latest version of Chrome OS, include Google Play Store to let you use Android apps, as well as “value added software”, such as a one-year subscription to AirDroid browser-based web app service to easily access files from any of your devices.

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It’s also the first Chromebook that I’m aware of coming with digital pen input to interact with the touchscreen. Samsung Chromebook Pro won’t be the first ARM Cortex A72 Chromebook to be launched, as Acer Chromebook R13 was already launched with a Mediatek processor for $399 and up. Adorama list Chromebook Pro OP1 for $499, and Chrome Unboxed also noticed a now-deleted B&H listing for Chromebook Pro (referred to Kevin to the codebase) going for the same price, and allegedly starting to ship on October 24th.

Via Liliputing

  1. October 15th, 2016 at 17:52 | #1

    If Google continues to ignore requests for easy debugging on Chromebooks then the Asus Flip C100 is my last chromebook 🙁
    https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=623377#c1

  2. October 15th, 2016 at 20:08 | #2

    Which company produces the RK3399 based FenMI TV box ? Is pre-order possible ?
    https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/2016hkfair?source=feed_text&story_id=570335976492990

  3. October 15th, 2016 at 20:15 | #3

    @Peter Bauer
    Maybe Visson Tech (Vensmile) -> http://www.vissontech.com/products_detail/&productId=66.html
    Ugoos UT5 TV box will also come with Rockchip RK3399.
    I think everybody is still debugging. Since it’s a the Hong Kong Fair I’d expect some bloggers to be there, so we’ll get news very soon.

  4. Sander
    October 15th, 2016 at 20:23 | #4

    Cool Chromebook, … but 499 USD?! Is it any better than my HP Stream 13 (with Intel Celeron N3050), which is now 199 Euro.

  5. blu
    October 15th, 2016 at 20:33 | #5

    Hey, the 4GB of RAM now looks like a trend on aarch64 chromebooks!
    http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/09/01/acer-chromebook-r13-is-powered-by-mediatek-mt8173-64-bit-arm-processor/

    At long friggin last!

  6. davidlt
    October 15th, 2016 at 21:31 | #6

    It has two TypeC USBs, one on each side. IIRC the silicon supports LPDDR4. Do they really put LPDDR3?

  7. blue ice
    October 15th, 2016 at 23:55 | #7

    I’ll buy it if someone can get Ubuntu running on it

  8. JM
    October 16th, 2016 at 03:33 | #8

    Will it explode?

  9. October 16th, 2016 at 15:14 | #9

    @Sander
    It should be better with a slightly faster processor, much higher screen resolution, more memory, 802.11ac, etc… I’m not sure this justify the large price difference however. You’d have to be happy with Chrome OS too, unless Ubuntu can be installed too.

  10. Eversor
    October 16th, 2016 at 16:11 | #10

    cnxsoft :
    @Sander
    It should be better with a slightly faster processor, much higher screen resolution, more memory, 802.11ac, etc… I’m not sure this justify the large price difference however. You’d have to be happy with Chrome OS too, unless Ubuntu can be installed too.

    Double A72 is Pentium U territory, it will be much faster than even a quad core Braswell. Only lacking is not many optimizations for ARM vs x86, but shouldn’t be ver noticeable on most applications.

    • Hank
      October 16th, 2016 at 18:51 | #11

      Looking forward to competition to Intel for a desktop OS.

  11. October 16th, 2016 at 19:38 | #12

    Running Debian or Ubuntu on the RK3399 based Chromebook pro from Samsung should be possible like with the Asus Flip C100, but it may take some time until David Schneider finds time to support this new model:
    http://www.bitkistl.com/2016/06/chromebook-flip-c100-user-guide.html
    https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreboot-dev/2016-08/msg00021.html
    https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/wiki
    https://github.com/dnschneid

  12. noone
    October 17th, 2016 at 04:20 | #13

    Does anyone know what process RK3399 is on? For $500 it best be at most 16nm.

    Also for that price the display better be an accurate, wide-gamut, proper RGB-striped OLED.

  13. blu
    October 17th, 2016 at 05:07 | #14

    @noone
    28nm, as par the course. That’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockchip after all, not samsung/qualcomm/huawei.

  14. dja
    October 17th, 2016 at 14:03 | #15

    (or a RK3399-C specific to Chromebooks)…

    As fancy and nice looking it is, closed hardware/bios makes chromebooks a waste of time and money.

  15. Grodu
    October 17th, 2016 at 21:53 | #16

    @Sander
    * Twice your RAM
    * A touch screen
    * 360° rotation for screen
    * Wacom stylus
    * More than probably better display quality (HP Stream 13 uses a very lowend display)
    * Better resolution
    * A really more powerfull processor and I don’t speak about power efficency, that can be compared with celeron.
    * A lighter and thiner formfactor (look at the big bezel of the HP)
    * No Microsoft bloatware preloaded
    * etc…

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