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Samsung quietly announces Chromebook 3, promises better battery life

Lightweight laptop will be available early this year

Samsung this week announced the Chromebook 3, quietly unveiling its new laptop after the company's press conference at CES. The 2.5-pound laptop has an 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution, and is powered by an Intel Celeron N3050 CPU. Available with either 2GB and 4GB of RAM, the Chromebook 3 promises up to 11 hours of battery life (compared to the listed 8.5 hours on the Chromebook 2), and has a reinforced metal body for "durability against drops and spills."

Samsung says demand for its Chromebooks has continued to grow since the first model was released in 2011, though it did not announce any details on pricing, saying only that the Chromebook 3 will be available sometime in early 2016. The Chromebook 2 retailed for $399.99 when it was announced.

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