Samsung and ASUS will release high-end devices to battle against Google Pixelbook
Samsung's Chromebook and ASUS' Chromebook Flip C302 (C302CA) will each have a high-end successor which will take on the Google Pixelbook. The upcoming devices will either arrive at the CES 2018 or before this year ends.
Undoubtedly, Samsung's Chromebook Pro and ASUS' Chromebook Flip C302 (C302CA) are amongst the best laptop computers in 2017. However, with the launch of Google's Pixelbook earlier this month, both the Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Flip C302's offerings have been put in the background. In this competitive industry, no one would let its product be outshined by another, that's why Samsung and ASUS are now planning to release a new and upgraded computer, according to a "very reliable source".
The current Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Flip C302 both sport an Intel Core m3 processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM. In contrast, the Pixelbook comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU and 16 GB of RAM. As the difference between the three devices is very noticeable, reports say that the next-gen Chromebooks from Samsung and ASUS will have a faster Core m7 processor and 16 GB of RAM, making them on par with the high-end Pixelbook. It is worth mentioning that Samsung and ASUS usually use motherboards that house Skylake chips while Google made use of the newer 7th-gen Kaby Lake chipset.
As of now, there's still no information regarding their pricing, but we can expect it to involve a hefty amount of money. Some rumors claim that the new Chromebooks from Samsung and ASUS will cost at least USD 800.
There is no concrete information about the release date as of the moment. Some say that the upcoming Chromebooks are expected to be presented at the CES 2018 event in January, while others mention of it being launched before this year ends. Hopefully we'll get much more valid information in the weeks to come.