Ever since their introduction in 2011, Chromebooks have effectively replaced budget Windows laptops, largely due to Google’s lightweight OS and the growing interest from multiple brands in this segment. However, one major player, Samsung, hasn’t released a Chromebook in over two years. Now, new reports from Chrome Unboxed and Gerrit Commits suggest that Samsung is preparing to launch a new budget-friendly Chromebook.
According to the reports, the device, codenamed “Pirrha,” might feature an Intel Core i3-N305 processor, a chip also found in devices like the Lenovo Chromebook Slim 3i. Moreover, it is also expected to offer a minimum of 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a decent 1080p webcam.
While all this might sound like Samsung is making just another Chromebook, the device will have a significant differentiating feature, and that is stylus support. However, that is not all, since the device will not only get its own pen but will also be compatible with the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), allowing users to use any stylus instead of relying on Samsung’s proprietary S Pen technology.
Samsung’s journey with Chromebooks
Samsung’s history with the platform dates back to 2011 when the company introduced the Series 5 Chromebook, and since then, it has established a reputation for making premium devices at a higher price point, like the Galaxy Chromebook 2. However, this strategy hasn’t yielded significant success in the Chromebook market, where most users are looking for affordable yet functional laptops for work.
Therefore, to succeed with the new Chromebook, Samsung will need to prioritize high build quality while keeping the price competitive. Additionally, the company can also leverage its ecosystem to attract existing Samsung phone users by offering some exclusive features.
However, it is important to note that despite these leaks, it remains uncertain whether Samsung will follow through with the development of the “Pirrha” Chromebook.