Thursday , April 27 2017

Samsung Chromebook Plus now available to pre-order on Amazon – will ship to Australia


Samsung’s recently announced Chromebook’s drew a lot of speculative glances when they launched in January. The decision by Samsung Australia not to bring them to Australia is disappointing, however there are ways to get them into your hands if you really want and Amazon are now ready to take your order for the Samsung Chromebook Plus.

There’s no date for the Pro model, but the Plus is now listed on Amazon now for $449USD and you can place your order with your account being charged when they ship the Chromebook. Unfortunately there’s also no date for when the Chromebook Plus will ship, but they will email you when it’s ready.

If you’re ready to place your order, you can choose your delivery speed, depending on how much you want to pay and how fast you want it. There’s three options:

Choose a delivery option:

  • $15.90USD – AmazonGlobal Standard Shipping – averages 9-12 business days
  • $20.73USD – AmazonGlobal Expedited Shipping – averages 7-11 business days
  • $44.55USD – AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping – averages 2-5 business days

There were two Chromebooks announced at CES, with the two Chromebooks essentially identical apart from the processor, with the Chrombook Plus sporting an OP1, ‘Made for Chromebooks’ hexa-core processor, while the Pro model sports an Intel M3 processor. If you want to run through the specs for the Plus and Pro model before making your decision you can check them out here:

Model Code XE513C24-K01US
Chromebook Plus
XE510C24-K01US
Chromebook Pro
Operating System Google Chrome Google Chrome
Processor / Chipset OP1, Made for Chromebooks. Hexa-core
(Dual A72, Quad A53)
Intel® Core™ M3 Processor 6Y30
(0.90 GHz up to 2.20 GHz, 4 MB L3 Cache)
Graphic Internal Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 515
Display 12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel 12.3″ 2400×1600 LED Display (3:2 aspect ratio) with Touch Screen Panel
Memory 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB) 4GB LPDDR3 Memory (on BD 4GB)
Hard Drive 32GB e.MMC 32GB e.MMC
Color Platinum Silver Platinum Silver
Multimedia Internal Dual Array Digital Mic Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Stereo Speakers (1.5W x 2) Stereo Speakers (1.5W x 2)
720p HD Camera 720p HD Camera
Network 802.11 ac (2×2) 802.11 ac (2×2)
Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Ports 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo 1 Headphone out/Mic-in Combo
2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging] 2 USB-C™ [up to 5Gbps*, 4K display out with optional adapter, Charging]
MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader
Input Clickpad Clickpad
Touch screen Touch screen
Island-type keyboard Island-type keyboard
Pen Pen
Power 30 W USB-C™ Adapter 30 W USB-C™ Adapter
39Wh 39Wh
Dimension 280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm
(11.06″ x 8.72″ x 0.51″ ~ 0.55″)
280.8 x 221.6 x 12.9 ~ 13.9mm
(11.06″ x 8.72″ x 0.51″ ~ 0.55″)
Weight 1.08Kg (2.38lbs) 1.08Kg (2.38lbs)
Software ※ Software can be changed without notice. ※ Software can be changed without notice.
AirDroid Premium
(free one-year subscription, full version)
AirDroid Premium
(free one-year subscription, full version)
ArtCanvas ArtCanvas
Etc Accelerometer Sensor Accelerometer Sensor
Gyro Sensor
 
Source: Amazon.

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  • Qbancelli

    It’s in stock at Best Buy.
    Can’t you guys order it from them?

    • Joshua Hill

      Not without a shipping forwarder. Best buy don’t ship to Australia.

  • Tango India Mike

    Ordered mine a few weeks ago from Amazon and got a notification overnight that it has shipped!

  • Luke Taylor

    Ordered mine from B&H because I have no idea when Amazon will ship down here or not. I’m paying more for shipping, but the Plus is inexpensive enough that I’m not too fussed.

    • Papaturts

      How much did that set you back?

      • Luke Taylor

        $490 USD or $640 AUD. I cancelled the order though- because I’m going on a trip and it wouldn’t have arrived before I left. At that point I’d be better off just getting the Pro, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

  • Manya3084

    I’ll wait for the pro. The plus is tempting me though…

  • Joshua Hill

    Thanks for the good news Ausdroid.

    Apart from the processor is there any other difference between the plus and pro?

    • Joshua Hill

      Just read the Verge’s review of the plus and preview of the pro. Good reading and answered my own question 😉 No other differences. At the moment it looks like Intel plays horribly with Android so the plus is the superior choice if you plan to use Android apps.

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  • John

    Perhaps a dumb question, but will a chromebook ordered on a US site work as normal in Australia?

    • Should work just fine, though obviously you may need a converter for the power socket.

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