There were no Android tablets of real note at CES 2017. Not that we were expecting any; but it would have been a nice surprise if Samsung released a follow-up to the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, or Huawei launched a premium MediaPad to complement its midrange offerings.
Instead, Android tablet fans will have to settle for premium Samsung Chromebooks: the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Fortunately, a closer look reveals that it isn’t so bad. These two Samsung Chromebooks have big potential.
These two devices each sport a 360-degree hinge and full QWERTY, similar to the Lenovo Yoga line, and also ship with the popular S Pen stylus. Make no mistake, the Samsung Chromebooks are far from the low-cost Chromebooks that dominated the line in previous years. These are well-built and premium machines, which slot right next to last year’s Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and the ultra-slim Notebook 9.
While each runs Chrome, they also have access to the Google Play Store, meaning they support Android apps. So in terms of what you can actually do with the device, there’s little difference between these Chromebooks and an Android tablet.
Samsung also tweaked Chrome with additional tricks to better take advantage of the stylus, which will go over well with inkers and note takers.
NotebookReview has a full and hands-on preview of the Samsung Chromebook Plus and Samsung Chromebook Pro, written from the bustling CES 2017 show floor.