Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Series Featuring Faster Performance, Increased Productivity and Stylish Design

  Samsung Announces Chromebook 2 Series Featuring Faster Performance,
  Increased Productivity and Stylish Design

Leading Provider of Chromebooks in Education Introduces New Models to Further
One-to-One Learning in K-12 Schools and Enhance Mobility and Productivity for
                                  Consumers

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- March 3, 2014

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the launch of the Chromebook
2 Series. The new models, available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch configurations,
improve on the popular Samsung Chromebook line with faster performance, longer
battery life and a slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and
elegant stitched design. The 13.3-inch model also features a Full HD
(1920x1080) resolution screen, enabling users to enjoy vibrant visuals for
work, teaching and learning, and entertainment. Samsung was the leading
Chromebook brand in the U.S. in 2013, accounting for more than 60 percent of
overall market share, according to NPD.^1

“Since we introduced our first Chromebook in 2011, Samsung has been committed
to continually developing our designs and features to meet our users’
ever-changing needs, while staying true to the core Chromebook attributes of
simplicity, speed and security,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of
consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung has
been the top selling consumer Chromebook brand for the past three years and
we’ll continue to grow our leadership position in this space with the launch
of the Chromebook 2 Series.”

“Chromebooks are particularly important in the education space – according to
Futuresource, one in four devices now sold into K-12 schools in the U.S. are
Chromebooks – so we’ve designed our latest models with students and teachers
in mind, including features like rapid start times, longer battery life and an
easy-to-grip design,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s
Enterprise Business Division.

Lightning fast performance

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series offers users nearly instant access to
everything they need. It wakes up in less than one second and cold boots in
less than ten. Samsung’s energy-efficient Exynos 5 Octa processors allow for
effortless multitasking and rapid rendering of graphics and videos, so
multimedia content never misses a beat.

Powerful productivity paired with rich multimedia

The 13.3-inch Chromebook 2 features a best-in-class, Full HD (1920x1080)
display with 250nit brightness, perfect for viewing photos, video and more. It
is also optimized for Google+ Hangouts messaging and video calling with
enhanced audio quality on high-power speakers (2Wx2) and a noise reducing
array microphone, helping conversations come alive on the high-resolution
screen.

Up to 8.5 hours of battery life means that users can enjoy the Chromebook 2
models throughout a full work or school day – all on a single charge.

Chromebooks update automatically, ensuring users always have the most recent
technology and security features without needing to think about it. Also, when
you use a Chromebook, all your information and files are saved, encrypted to
your account. This makes it easy and safe for family members or students to
share a device, or switch between devices.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series comes with a package of premium apps worth
more than $100. It includes smartphone access and data management service Air
Droid Premium, task management and collaboration app Wunderlist Pro, and
LittleBridge.com, an English learning app.

Sleek, elegant design

While priced affordably, the new Samsung Chromebook 2 models are as stylish as
other expensive, high-end laptops. The slim body measures less than
three-quarters of an inch thick, making it easy to slip into any bag. At just
under 2.5 pounds for the 11.6-inch model, it is also easy to carry anywhere.
The lid features the stylish stitched design of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3,
adding to the sophisticated look.

Ready for the classroom

In 2013, Chromebooks were among the most popular mobile computing devices
utilized in K-12 schools. As the leading provider of Chromebooks in education,
Samsung is helping to foster this growth by increasing options for educators
with the Chromebook 2 models. With its extensive battery life, bright display
and student-friendly design, the Chromebook 2 helps teachers engage students
and deliver new learning experiences.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 Series is ideal for educators and administrators
seeking to adopt one-to-one learning programs. Using the web-based console –
available with support from Google for $30 per device for schools – Samsung
Chromebooks can be centrally managed, making it easy for educators to
configure a set of laptops across the classroom or the entire school. Samsung
Chromebook 2 is a classroom-ready and cost-effective solution to support
dynamic teaching and learning.

Available from April, the 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook 2 will be available for
an MSRP of $319.99, while the 13.3-inch model is $399.99.

Key Specifications
                                                   
Category       Details           11.6-inch Samsung    13.3-inch Samsung
                                     Chromebook 2           Chromebook 2
               Size              11.6”                13.3”
Display                              HD LED Display         Full HD LED
               Resolution        (1366 x 768)         Display (1920 x
                                                            1080)
               OS                Google Chrome        Google Chrome
                                     Samsung Exynos 5       Samsung Exynos 5
                 Processor         Octa (1.9GHz, 2MB    Octa (2.1GHz, 2MB
                                     L2 Cache)              L2 Cache
                                     4GB DDR3L System       4GB DDR3L System
Performance      Memory^2          Memory at 1600MHz    Memory at 1600MHz
                                     (onboard)              (onboard)
                                     16GB e.MMC iNAND™      16GB e.MMC iNAND™
                 Storage^3         Embedded Flash       Embedded Flash
                                     Drive                  Drive
               Camera            720p HD Web Camera   720p HD Web Camera
Battery Life   Battery Life^4    Up to 8 hours        Up to 8.5 hours
                 Dimensions        11.40" x 8.06" x     12.72" x 8.80" x
                                     0.66"                  0.65"
Dimensions       Weight            2.43 pounds          3.09 pounds
               Color             Jet Black, Classic   Luminous Titan
                                     White                  Gray
                                     1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0,      1 HDMI, 1 USB3.0,
                                     1 USB2.0, MicroSD      1 USB2.0, MicroSD
Ports          Ports             Multi-media Card     Multi-media Card
                                     Reader, Headphone      Reader, Headphone
                                     out/Mic-in Combo,      out/Mic-in Combo,
                                     DC-in                  DC-in
                 MSRP              $319.99              $399.99
Availability   Availability      April 2014           April 2014
                 Date
                                                       

*All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information
provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design,
pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the
product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

^1Source: The NPD Group/Total Channel

^2Total amount of available memory may be less based on system configurations,
graphics support, and other factors.

^3Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes, GB = 1 billion bytes, TB =
1 trillion bytes. Please note that a portion of the hard drive is reserved for
system recovery, operating system and preloaded content software.

^4Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, power
management settings, applications used, and wireless settings. The maximum
capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. Test results based on
independent third party Mobile Mark (or Battery Mark) tests. Non-Metric
weights and measurements are approximate.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA),
is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and
technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA
delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance
products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s
fastest growing home appliance brand. To discover more of the award-winning
products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new
possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and
discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs,
cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices,
semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries
with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit
www.samsung.com.

Contact:

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Sara Mandel, 646-428-0624
samsungcit@allisonpr.com
 
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