Samsung relaunches its range of laptops in Spain with a new batch of two Chromebooks at a very affordable price focusing on education.
Laptops have proven to be the best allies of students during confinement, displacing tablets and smartphones in Spain as bedside devices for the little ones. The low-end ones have suffered one stock out after another since classrooms were closed and some companies, such as Samsung, already see an imminent need for new devices.
The Korean company has just presented its bet for our country of its Chromebook range at very interesting prices. This type of computer has an operating system developed by Google, focusing on education and integration with its various office automation services. In the national market they do not have a significant penetration but in much more mature ones such as the United States, Chromebooks support an important part of the digital educational load in schools.
Samsung, which had withdrawn its range of laptops from stores in Spain, returns with a couple of bets specially designed for educational environments at an interesting price very close to that of some of its mid-range phones. In this way it enters a field currently dominated by other giants such as Acer, with much more experience in this Chromebook sector.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4 and 4+
The first of the devices that the company has presented is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4, an 11.6-inch laptop with HD resolution that is presented as the company’s entry point. This laptop has an Intel Celeron N400 processor with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600. A basic configuration that will run the latest version of ChromeOS.
This operating system, as explained by Gonzalo Romero, head of education at Google Spain, has been developed to meet all the needs that may arise in a classroom. The 3 GB of RAM memory together with the 32 GB eMMC for storage allow the use of applications mainly in the cloud to carry out the typical basic tasks of primary schools. The Chromebook 4 is priced at 339 euros.
We then move on to the older brother. Samsung’s Chromebook 4+ grows to 15.6 inches and already has a FullHD resolution. With the same processor as the previous model, it can equip up to 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC of internal storage. Again some basic benefits, although significantly better. Of this device we can highlight the large 5.7-inch touchpad that occupies a significant area between the bottom of the keyboard and the edge of the computer. The Chromebook 4+ is priced at 429 euros.
And it is that what they have in common is more than what separates them. They share the entire battery part with a 39 Wh battery. In the small model and without internet connectivity, they ensure from the brand that it manages to cover 12 hours of work. The connectivity part is also common in which a second USB Type-C is added to the large model, a keyboard with the same technology and traced multimedia aspects.
At the moment and as reported by Samsung itself, both laptops cannot be purchased in the usual stores. This movement is the one chosen by many brands that choose to sell fleets to schools or Education Concierges for the implementation of fleets on a larger scale. The price is really interesting and, in the absence of trying it first hand, it sure runs ChromeOS conveniently. The market for Windows laptops is much broader and we can find some more or less valid candidates for that price.
What is ChromeOS?
ChromeOS is an operating system developed by Google that has some interesting features. The first of them and in which the company emphasizes is the coverage of updates. Gonzalo Romero has stated that all laptops with ChromeOS have guaranteed updates for 8 years. In order to “fight against obsolescence”. It also ensures that with each update, the operating system becomes lighter and performs better even on modest hardware.
The system is compatible with all Android and Linux applications, which opens up almost unlimited possibilities. This way you can install any app that is available in the Play Store. From Spotify and Microsoft Word to all kinds of games, including educational games. This factor is important because ChromeOS is virus-free and therefore safer for students.
An important point where both Samsung and Google stopped is device management. The ICT staff at each school can easily handle large fleets of Chromebook computers thanks to the group policies that Google provides them with.