Samsung Chromebook makes CES cut, but Atom does not

Upcoming Samsung Series 5 Chromebook dumps Atom chip, gains Celeron.
Upcoming Samsung Series 5 Chromebook dumps Atom chip, gains Celeron.
(Credit: Brooke Crothers)
LAS VEGAS--The Google Chromebook will live on with a fresh chip upgrade, according to Samsung.
The next-gen Samsung Series 5 Chromebook gains a dual-core Intel Celeron processor and loses the slower Atom silicon, a Samsung representative on the CES show floor told CNET.
Other specs (see photo below) remain pretty much the same, including a 16GB solid-state drive.
Chromebooks aspire to run apps, documents, and settings in the cloud and thereby simplify the overall user experience. In practice, however, reviewers have found that cloud-based computing can be frustrating if the wireless connection is unreliable.
For that, and other reasons, the Chromebook has not sold in numbers comparable to mainstream Windows laptops.
The Series 5 is slated for release in the second quarter. Pricing has not been announced.
Next Samsung Series 5 Chromebook claims a 3X performance boost over current generation.
Next Samsung Series 5 Chromebook claims a 3X performance boost over current generation.
(Credit: Brooke Crothers)
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook specs.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook specs.
(Credit: Brooke Crothers)
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