We just got a hands-on look at Samsung's latest Google Chrome OS hardware: the new Series 5 Chromebook and the Series 3 Chromebox. According to a Samsung rep, specs are identical for both devices: a dual-core Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid state storage. The Chromebox looks a bit different than the model Google showed off back in May, but there's still no word on pricing for this device. As for the new Series 5 Chromebook, it shares a lot in common with Samsung's other Series 5 laptops — it's mostly plastic, but feels relatively well constructed. Scrolling on the trackpad is unfortunately not the smoothest thing, though we're not sure if that's a hardware or software issue.
Despite the modest specs, peformance was relatively decent in the few minutes we spent with the devices. The Verge homepage loaded quickly and without incident, as did our image galleries and some YouTube videos. Aside from the trackpad issues, it was a good web-browsing experience — but the situations in which you might use this as your primary computer still feel limited. As for a release date, Samsung says sometime in the middle of the year. There's no word on how much the Chromebox will cost, but we were told the new Chromebook shouldn't cost more than the original.