According to ChromeUnboxed who spotted the upcoming Chromebook Pro, the new laptop is expected to be launched on October 24th, a day ahead of Microsoft's Surface PC launch and three days prior to Apple's MacBook Pro launch. The three new generation laptops, once released, may drive high laptop sales in the last quarter of the year and well into the first couple of quarters of next year.
Google Play Store Apps coming to Chromebooks
The source of the leaks isn't Samsung itself but a bunch of retailers who are probably stocking Chromebook Pros in large numbers ahead of its official launch. Aside from being rather cheap, Chromebook Pro is expected to take on the best laptops around thanks to its range of specifications and features. This will be Samsung's second major thrust at the large tablet and laptop market this year following release of the 12-inch Galaxy TabPro S in March. Running Windows 10 Pro, Galaxy TabPro S features a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, a 2.2GHz Intel Core M processor, 5MP front and rear cameras, up to 256GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 5,200 mAh battery and sensors like Accelerometer, Hall and Light sensors and supports LTE Cat 6 speeds.
As per available leaks, Samsung's Chromebook Pro won't be as premium as the Galaxy TabPro S but will arrive as a cheaper and capable alternative to Microsoft's and Apple's offerings. It may feature a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a 2GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It is also slated to launch with a Stylus and may also feature among the highest screen-to-body ratios with minimal bezels, offering a large surface area to users without impacting portability.
With 20% growth, Chromebooks aren't far behind Windows for much longer
It is also being rumoured that Samsung's Chromebook Pro will be among the select Chromebooks which will be able to run Google's Play Store apps even though the ability will be available to all Chromebooks by the end of the year. The launch of Play Store in Chromebooks will let you make Skype calls, download and use Android apps and play Minecraft or Clash of Clans on your Chromebook. The same was announced by Google at its I/O Conference in Mountain View, California in May.
"The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This is good for users and great for developers – in addition to phones and tablets, they will be able to easily bring their apps to laptops. And all this is built on top of Chrome OS, so users will continue to have everything they love in their Chromebooks," said Google in a blog post.
Samsung's Chromebook Pro will carry a price tag of just $499 (£409) and may get released in North America ahead of other regions in Europe and Asia. A listing of the laptop on Adorama in the U.S. reflects a shipping date of 24th October which may also indicate that the launch may take place earlier than believed. If you're interested, the leaked images will give you a good idea of how the Chromebook Pro will look like. We will let you know about the pricing and availability of the laptop in the UK as soon as we know more about it.