Samsung has rolled out a new Series 3 Chromebox that features a sleek, updated design while running the same hardware under the hood. The model is yet to be launched in the US, but is now available in the UK. Google hasn't made any announcements about the new model yet, but it is now listed on Samsung's website with a not-yet-provided price tag.
As far as specs go, the new model XE300M22-B01US looks like its predecessor in nearly every way. Its case, however, is a white box with rounded edges that almost resembles a well-designed router. The ports on the front of the device are now hidden behind a small flip-down door, and sadly there's no VGA. The device weighs in at 2.64lbs and measures 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.28-inches.
Inside you'll find a 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 processor and 4GB of RAM, integrated Intel HD Graphics, and a 16GB SSD. There's a single 2W speaker and 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. Ports include Display Port, six USB 2.0 ports, headphone out, and microphone in. For those who want VGA, a dongle is available separately.
The Samsung website doesn't mention Bluetooth under "Connectivity," but the UK version of the device has Bluetooth 3.0. Aside from that, the UK and US version are identical in terms of hardware and design. Early adopters of the UK version report that there are no mounting spots to attach the unit to the back of an LCD. Essentially, the upcoming unit is a redesigned version of the previous model.