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Samsung is bringing out a high-end Chromebook Pro hybrid laptop with a stylus: Reports

Chromebook Pro apparently set to be positioned as a premium device with a heftier price tag

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 5:31pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 5:31pm

Samsung is gearing up to launch its own Chromebook – a laptop running Google’s Chrome operating system (OS) – complete with a stylus as soon as next week, according to several media reports.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro – which was previously codenamed “Kevin” – was listed on electronics retailer B&H’s website and on Adorama before being taken down, according to technology blog “Chrome Unboxed”.

Key specs of the device include:

•12.3-inch touchscreen display

•360-degree hinge

•32GB of storage

•Stylus that Samsung is calling “PEN”

The device will cost US$499 with a release date of October 24, according to the listings on the e-commerce websites. This may change however. The pricing is higher than the majority of the Chromebook market with devices in this category selling from around US$180 to US$300. It appears Samsung is keen to position the Chromebook Pro as a premium device.

Samsung said it cannot comment on rumors when contacted by CNBC.

Chrome OS is Google’s open-source operating system designed for larger screens. The search-giant has been making constant updates with the OS now able to support the Google Play store and Android apps.

“Chrome Unboxed” has posted pictures of the product on its website.