Nearly four years after the debut of Samsung’s Chromebook 3, the company has announced a follow-up to its core Chromebook laptop. The new 11.6-inch Chromebook 4 has been released today for a starting price of $229.99, along with the larger 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 Plus that starts at $299.99.
A lot has changed in the Chrome OS market since the Chromebook 3 was introduced, and the Chromebook 4 reflects several of those changes, starting with a slightly more modern, high-end look that’s akin to the Asus Chromebook Flip C302. Samsung went with Intel Celeron N4000 processors across the line, and both Chromebook 4s charge via USB-C: the 11.6-inch model has a single USB-C port, while the 15.6-inch model has two, one on each side. Both also include a 30W USB-C power adapter in the box and a single USB Type-A port and headphone / microphone-in jack.
Samsung notes that the USB-C port isn’t just for powering the laptop. You can transfer data at speeds up to 5Gb/s, and connect to a 4K monitor as well. Another welcome improvement is out-of-the-box support for Android apps.
Multiple configurations in both sizes will be available, differing in RAM (4GB or 6GB LPDDR4) and onboard storage available (32GB or 64GB eMMC); all configs feature a microSD card slot. The screen resolution of the 11.6-inch Chromebook 4’s LED screen is unchanged from its predecessor’s 1366 x 768. The 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 Plus’ LED display offers 1080p resolution.
The same 39Wh battery is used for both devices
Samsung estimates that the smaller Chromebook 4 will yield 12.5 hours of battery life, while the 15.6-inch model will last up to 10.5 hours per charge. Instead of putting a larger battery into the Chromebook 4 Plus, the same 39Wh battery is used for both devices.
Like its predecessor, the Chromebook 4 looks to be a relatively no-frills, but competent addition to the selection of Chrome OS devices. There’s no touchscreen, it’s not a 2-in-1 device, and it doesn’t include a pull-out stylus, but for what it offers, $229 seems to be a good value.
The Chromebook 4 and 4 Plus are available today from Samsung.com and Best Buy.
Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.