Samsung Chromebook 2 will be on sale in the UK in May

Were you keenly awaiting the arrival of Samsung’s Chromebook 2? Then you won’t have to wait for too much longer, as the laptop will pitch up in the UK come 1 May.

Actually, that’s not quite the full picture – if you want the black coloured 11.6in Chromebook 2, then you’ll be able to grab it on May Day, but if you want the white model, or the larger-screened 13.6in notebook in grey, then 12 May is the on sale date.

With these refreshed Chromebooks, Samsung is promising a longer battery life, and in design terms has gone for a very different faux leather look complete with stitching (it’s very different on a notebook – but it’s already used on some Samsung phones).

The 11.6in Chromebook 2 will have a 1366 x 768 resolution display, powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 1.9GHz CPU, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The 13.3in model doubles the RAM up to 4GB, has a slightly faster 2.1GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor, and a full HD 1920 x 1080 display. It’s also got a slightly chunkier battery which should last eight and a half hours, 30 minutes longer than the 11.6in Chromebook 2.

Simon Stanford, VP of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, commented: “Since we introduced our first Chromebook in 2011, Samsung has been committed to continually developing the design and features of the series to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs, while staying true to the core Chromebook attributes of simplicity, speed and security. The Chromebook 2 Series does just that, which is why we’re delighted to be bringing the devices to the UK market.”

For more on the new Chromebook 2, check out our hands-on preview.