An exclusive report by Chrome Unboxed revealed the first look at the new Samsung Chromebook Pro, which is an upcoming Chrome OS-powered laptop and tablet hybrid device that has not yet been officially unveiled.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro has previously simply been referred to as "Kevin" in rumors. Apparently, the rumors can now be laid to rest, as an investigation by Chrome Unboxed revealed that the hybrid device is now actually up for preorder on Adorama.
Chrome Unboxed described the upcoming device as simply beautiful, and could one of the best Chromebooks that will be released this fall.
The Samsung Chromebook Pro, which will carry a price tag of $499, features a 12.3-inch touch screen with a 360-degree hinge so that users can utilize it as either a laptop or as a tablet. The device also packs a hexa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz, with 32 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM.
The hybrid device will be contained within a full metal shell, with its thickest point measuring only 0.55 inches. It will also feature a 2,400 x 1,600 display with a battery life of up to 10 hours.
One of the more interesting features of the Samsung Chromebook Pro is that it will be coming with a stylus that pops out of its side. This would be the first time that a Chromebook will come with a stylus, but it does make sense considering the integration of Android apps into Chrome OS.
A landing page was also found for the Samsung Chromebook Pro, but it has since been taken down. A cached copy of the page revealed users will be able to maximize the use of the stylus, named the PEN, as the device will come with the ArtCanvas app preinstalled.
No release date has been confirmed for the Samsung Chromebook Pro, however. Chrome Unboxed discovered a B&H listing of the hybrid device that stated an Oct. 24 release date, but since the listing has been taken down, it would be difficult to bank on the information.
Acer's Chromebook R 13, also a hybrid device, was previously tagged as a possible turning point for Chromebooks, with a touch screen that will allow it to take advantage of the support for Android apps on the Google Play Store. The Samsung Chromebook Pro, however, looks like it could steal the Chromebook R 13's thunder as the possible best option in the Chromebook market for users looking to take advantage of Android apps on the Chrome OS.