The tech world started to wonder whether the Samsung series 5 Chromebook will see an update anytime ever. While the tech press was writing about it, TIME contacted Samsung PR and received a prompt response. According to TIME’s Techland article, Samsung series 5 is considered replaced by the lower-priced cheap series 3 Chromebook which costs just $249.
In addition to the news of the death of series 5 Chromebook, Samsung PR also wrote in an email that there won’t be a new version — or say, second generation — until 2014.
Chromebooks are meant to be online. Initially it was thought to be just an expensive browser that comes with a hardware. Over the year, Chrome OS has improved significantly. It now looks and feels like an operating system with native-like apps and a desktop background. The OS also supports offline working. But then again, unlike Chromebook Pixel, people aren’t really likely to spend huge bucks to buy a secondary computer. And yes, Chromebooks are perfect as a secondary machine — for browsing, writing and watching movies.
Samsung series 5 Chromebook used to cost around $500. There are still a few retailers that are selling the device. You can also grab a refurbished one. But Samsung has come up with a conclusion that if people want Chromebook, they’d go for a low-priced device. And Samsung series 3 is the one to go to.
I initially liked Samsung series 3 Chromebook as well. There’s no way I would be spending that much money for a laptop that runs just a browser. Compared to series 5, series 3 looks much smarter, thinner, smaller, more portable and stylish. Kind of like the MacBook Air. If I want to purchase a Chromebook, it’s because I want more battery life and portability (not to mention less weight) on the go. Samsung series 3 really is the one I want to grab.
But many reviewers wrote that Samusng series 3 build quality looks cheap because of its plastic material. However, what can you expect from a $249 laptop? The reviewers use a lot of devices so their review don’t always compare to real life use. From an average consumer’s view, I would say Samsung made the right choice by ditching Samsung series 5 for series 3 Chromebooks.
But then again, no second generation until 2014 is a disappointing tip for me, personally.
Would you be missing a Samsung series 5 Chromebook? What about no second-gen of series 3 this year?