Samsung discontinues Series 5 550 Chromebook, no new Series 3 until 2014

Samsung Series 5 550

Samsung confirmed that the Series 5 550 Chromebook has been discontinued, with its replacement being the $249 Samsung Series 3 Chromebook on ARM. Additionally, Samsung stated that a refreshed version of the Series 3 Chromebook should not be expected until 2014.

This is a sad day for Chrome fans, as the Series 5 550 was really the only mid-range Chromebook available. Currently, consumers must choose between discount options (the Acer C7 for $199, the Samsung Series 3 for $249, or the HP Pavilion Chromebook for $329) or the luxury-priced Chromebook Pixel, which starts at $1299. The Series 5 550 filled in a gap in the $450-$550 price range.

Additionally, many people expected that a new Samsung ARM Tegra 4 or Exynos Octa-core Chromebook would be released very soon, probably as an upgrade to the current Series 3 Chromebook. The news that we shouldn’t expect a refresh until 2014 is extremely disappointing, to say the least.

Still, I understand Samsung’s rationale – it is a business, after all, and the $249 Chromebook has been one of the hottest selling laptops since its release last November. Samsung probably wasn’t selling many Series 5 550 Chromebooks anymore, and I’m sure it doesn’t want to slow or stop the momentum that current ARM Chromebook is currently experiencing.

Additionally, just because Samsung won’t release a mid-range Chromebook anytime soon, doesn’t mean we can’t expect any new device announcements in the near future. Toshiba and ASUS are both rumored to hop on the Chromebook bandwagon very soon, and maybe even Sony or Dell will release something soon.

Still, are you disappointed by this news?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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2 thoughts on “Samsung discontinues Series 5 550 Chromebook, no new Series 3 until 2014

  • Avatar of Adam
    July 9, 2013 at 9:03 am
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    Chromebooks got off to a rocky start when they were first released, but Google has finally started to get the Chromebook concept message across to more and more manufacturers, retailers, analysts and users.

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    There’s nothing to install on the Chromebook, so AcccessNow is easy to deploy and manage.

    For an online, interactive demo, open your Chrome browser and visit:
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  • Avatar of Michael Harr
    August 14, 2013 at 5:39 am
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    That is disappointing. I have a Samsung Series 3 and absolutely love it.

    Hopefully the next generation of Chromebooks will include a better selection with respect to screen size. I’d love to buy a 14″, but the current HP offering doesn’t seem very appealing, as I’d like a better processor and more RAM.

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