AT20 Giveaway Day 15: ARM Connects You with Chromebooksby Ryan Smith on May 16, 2017 8:00 AM EST
With a warm welcome to Tuesday, we’re now on day 15 of our 20 day giveaway celebration of AnandTech’s 20th anniversary.
Today’s prizes come courtesy of ARM. While not a product manufacturer in and of themselves – ARM’s business is all about IP and architecture licensing – the 800lb gorilla of the mobile world has their hands in a multitude of products thanks to the ubiquity and performance of the ARM CPU architecture and their own Cortex-A CPU designs. So for our giveaway, the company has sent over a pair of Samsung’s Chromebook Pluses, which are among the most popular of the ARM-powered Chromebooks on the market right now.
- Samsung Chromebook Plus (#1)
- Samsung Chromebook Plus (#2)
The AnandTech 20th Anniversary Celebration – ARM architectures Giveaway
Samsung Chromebook Plus
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is Samsung’s high-end ARM Chromebook offering. The 12.3” Chromebook features a 3:2 aspect ratio IPS touchscreen display, which offers a 2400x1600 pixel resolution. The laptop is 2.2lbs and 13.9mm thick, making it thin and light. This in turn is critical to its 2-in-1 design, allowing it to also be used as a tablet thanks to its 360 degree hinge and included stylus. Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is also one of what’s still only a handful of Chromebooks with shipping Android app support, allowing the aforementioned tablet functionality to mesh well with tablet-optimized Android applications.
|Samsung Chromebook Plus|
2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 2GHz
4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
Touchscreen IPS LCD
|Dimensions||280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9-13.9 mm,
|Connectivity||2x2 802.11ac, BT4.0,
2x USB-C, microSD
|AC Adapter||30W USB-C|
|Keyboard||1.5mm stroke, backlit, curved caps|
Under the hood, the Chromebook Plus is built around the ARM-powered OP1 SoC, which is a Rockchip-built and Google-approved SoC that packs a pair of ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores for performance with a quartet of ARM Cortex-A53 cores for efficiency. On the GPU side, the SoC includes another ARM design, their Mali-T860MP4 GPU. Rounding out the package is 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and 2x2 802.11ac WiFi. Meanwhile the 39Whr battery gives the Chromebook Plus a 9 hour battery life, while charging it is accomplished by using either of the device’s USB Type-C ports.
Finally, as with our other giveaways, today’s giveaway is only open for 48 hours, so be sure to enter soon. However please note that for legal reasons, we’re only able to open these giveaways to residents of the United States.
Good luck to everyone! And be sure to check in this afternoon for our next giveaway.
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Tonyco2505 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkChromebooks are cool
damianrobertjones - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkNah. They're not.
Yuriman - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkI don't have one of these yet.
Brennor - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkMe either, but I'd be willing to play one if it came my way.
cooldasher - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkEntering.
brobeans - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linksame
jardows2 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkCan you load regular Linux on it? The hardware seems nice, but the OS is a bit limiting for my purposes.
Masonrf - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkIt looks like you can install a different Linux distro on it just from a few quick google searches. I'd imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to pull off. If I get one of these I would definitely switch to a different os.
legonate416 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkThis would be quite the machine for my CS major this Fall then. Chrome OS is limiting but if it's possible to install Linux (or dare I say it, Kalilinux) on it, it would be awesome.
justaviking - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - linkDay 15 - Could totally enjoy one of these at home. I've been a fan for many years, and often link to your articles when I'm writing in other forums. Thank you, congratulations, and good luck for the next 20.