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.
We’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.
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.