Samsung's 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 Ships with Updated Celeron and $250 Price Tag

Google has a history of trying things that may or may not have long-term success in the market, and creating Chrome OS for the Chromebook was certainly one of those things. Somewhat amazingly, the Chromebook has managed to gain enough traction to hang around for future iterations, as seen with Samsung's newly revised Chromebooks 2 launched this week. The refreshed 11.6-inch model has an Intel Celeron 2 (N2840) processor within (2.58GHz), 2GB of system memory, a 16GB eMMC storag echip and a 1366x768 resolution display.

The unit also offers up to nine hours of battery life, anti-reflective technology on the panel, two 2-watt speakers, an internal microphone and a 720p HD web camera. The whole thing weighs just 2.6 pounds and measures 0.5-inches thick, and the keyboard boasts curved keys -- a very nice touch on a laptop with an MSRP of just $249.95. The Chromebook 2 will be "widely available" starting next week at various retailers and online. If you're missing the days of the netbook price point, this kind of machine is a great alternative. You'll have to learn a new cloud-based OS, but so far, those who've bought in seem to be digging it.