Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Chromebook 2 has been released in a single, unofficial picture, with two color schemes and minor changes. But the image, presented by prominent industry insider Evan Blass, really doesn’t give much away. The most noteworthy changes that are visible on the outside fall into two categories.
What are the obvious changes for Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2?
First, the color schemes in the picture for version 2 seem to be similar but not identical to this year’s original Galaxy Chromebook. The red hue, called Fiesta Red for the original, leans slightly toward an orange tinge than the previous generation. The silvery Mercury Gray found on the previous model seems to be slightly darker as well.
Conversely, the microSD card slot found on the first edition Samsung Galaxy Chromebook has been moved. The other side of the Chromebook isn’t visible in the image, but that port now resides on the left-hand side near the volume rocker.
The 3.5mm headphone combo jack is still in the same place on that edge. As is one USB-C port. The speakers, which resided in that same edge and the opposing one, have moved as well. Those now appear to be at the back of the gadget.
Here’s what we don’t know
Now, the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook had a few key features otherwise that could make a return too. Samsung won’t likely slim down its 9mm thin, all-metal build. And the bezels around the screen appear unchanged as well. That’s hardly surprising since one of the primary complaints about the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2’s predecessor is battery life. Slimming things down certainly wouldn’t help matters and Samsung will hopefully have improved matters on that front.
The company will almost certainly stick with top-tier internals too. The original shipped with 8GB RAM and 256GB of true SSD storage. That backed up a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. The company also included both inward and outward-facing cameras, an AMOLED 4K screen, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 4.0 support, and 45W fast charging. So this new Chrome OS gadget should bring similar internal hardware to the table.