Samsung Chromebook Plus / Pro with ARM Based OP1 / Intel Core m3-6Y30 Processor to Sell for $449 and Up

Samsung Chromebook Pro was first discovered last October on some reseller’s website with a Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and a $499 price tag. The company has finally announced two new Chromebooks at CES 2016 with Chromebook Pro actually based on an Intel Core m3-6Y30 “Skylake” processor, and Chromebook Plus powered by “OP1” hexa-core ARM Cortex-A72/A53 processor.

samsung-chromebook-pro-plusWe’ll that apart from the different processor, both new Chromebook have exactly the same specifications

Model Code XE513C24-K01US XE510C24-K01US
Chromebook Plus Chromebook Pro
Operating System Google Chrome
Processor / Chipset OP1, Made for Chromebooks.
Hexa-core (Dual A72, Quad A53)
Intel Core M3 Processor 6Y30
(0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4 MB L3 Cache)
Graphic Internal Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 515
Display 12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel
Memory 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB)
Hard Drive 32GB e.MMC
Color Platinum Silver
Multimedia Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Stereo Speakers ( 1.5 W x 2 )
720p HD Camera
Network 802.11 ac (2×2)
Bluetooth v4.0
Ports 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
2 USB-C [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging]
MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
Input Clickpad
Touch screen
Island-type keyboard
Power 30 W USB-C™ Adapter
39Wh battery
Dimension 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm (11.06″ x 8.72″ x 0.51″ ~ 0.55″)
Weight 1.08Kg (2.38lbs)
Software Software can be changed without notice.
Google Play Store (Beta)
AirDroid Premium (free one-year subscription, full version)
Etc Accelerometer Sensor
Gyro Sensor

It’s very likely that OP1 processor is Rockchip RK3399, also using a 2xA72 + 4xA53 configuration, or a modified version, as Rockchip processor with Chromebooks used to have the “C” suffix, e.g. RK3288C. Charbax has a video of Chromebook Plus model showing the screen with an impressive viewing angle.

Chromebook Plus (ARM) is available now for $449 on Amazon US, while Chromebook Pro (Intel) will be released this spring at a yet-to-be-disclosed price.

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14 Replies to “Samsung Chromebook Plus / Pro with ARM Based OP1 / Intel Core m3-6Y30 Processor to Sell for $449 and Up”

  1. The 3399 and A72 is a bit disappointing in the context of a chromebook. Its at a mere 10000 octane while the m3 variant is at 20000. For $50 more you get double the performance with the m3 variant so why opt for ARM?

    You can even get the Asus m3 version at $499 with 64GB SSD. I think ARM has missed the bus and is best left in phone and tablets which matches their closed device centric business model. I am not going to have any expections for general computing. With AMD Zen incoming I think there are going to be plenty of options at all price and power ranges with x86 which remains a truly open platform.

    ARM’s poor support for drivers for other platforms makes it a problem even for dev boards, most of which are stuck on old kernels and a struggling band of open source developers. I think the Pi remain the only option for a reasonably well supported board with mainstream support.

  2. I bought my C201PA last year which is around 7k octane score and cost $180.
    A year later and 2.5x the price, we have this thing with 10k octane score.
    RK3288C is so good because Chrome itself is so multi-thead oriented.
    Before 4-core A72/A73 is feasible, 8-core A53 might be just as good.

  3. There are another two chromebooks based on the same Gru baseboard in development, bob (seems to be ASUS product) and scarlet.

  4. I wonder if you could use dm-cache (eMMC caching a slower USB3 stick) on those chromebooks. As far as I have seen, they have replaced the standard USB2/3 by a USB-C, which makes it smaller to have USB sticks.

  5. More A72 chromebooks is always good to hear. Some of them are taking their sweet time, though – I’m still waiting for Acer chromebook R13 to show up in Europe.

  6. My HP Stream 13 achieves 9500 on Octane, and costed 219 Euro. So I wonder why people should spend $449 on the ARM Chromebook.

  7. @Sander
    Better power efficiency (i.e. longer battery life), better overall performance. Also, I’m going to run linux on it anyway for development purposes, and since I tend to do low-level stuff, I’d prefer to have a modern ISA for my projects.

  8. Charbax has done a article armdevices, saying what he thinks needs doing by Google to make Samsung’s chromebook Plus OP1 a success.

    So seems people think there is room for improvement from the comments around the internet.

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