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Most people think of the Chromebook line as being a series of budget-oriented laptops running on a cloud-focused operating system. This is true whether you go cheap with Acer or save a few bucks with Asus. Samsung is reportedly going upscale with the upcoming Chromebook Pro, a premium laptop worthy of the Pro moniker, complete with S Pen.

Codenamed Kevin, the Samsung Chromebook Pro is thin, light and powerful, if this temporarily leaked and subsequently pulled piece of technology holds true. The new 360-degree touchscreen converting laptop appeared briefly on both Adorama and B&H, which points toward a release date of October 24. That’s only a week away.

From what we hear, the premium Chromebook (model number 513C24I, part number XE513C24-K01US) will be just 13.9mm thick and weigh a mere 2.38 pounds. Under that svelte and thin frame, there’s a 2GHz hexa-core ARM processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of flash storage. The 12.3-inch touchscreen boasts a better than full HD resolution of 2400 x 1600. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.

Perhaps it’s a little too early for the upcoming Andromeda OS, but maybe you can upgrade this Chrome OS machine when the new hybrid OS drops. In the meantime, the rumors point toward a $499 price point for the Chromebook Pro. That’s more expensive than many other Chromebooks, but you have to realize that Google’s own Chromebook Pixel is priced at $1,000.

Are you interested in a premium Chromebook? Or would you rather get a cheap one and compliment it with a more powerful and more expensive Windows machine?

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