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Samsung's latest CES surprise is the humble Chromebook 3

Welp, didn't see this one coming.
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Oh, what's that? You thought Samsung unveiled all its new notebooks at its press conference earlier today? Yeah, so did we — either way, Samsung just announced the brand new Chromebook 3 with hardly any fanfare, and not much in the way of juicy details.

Here's what we do know: The Chromebook 3 packs an 11.6-inch display running at 1,366x768, and a dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 chipset. You'll be able to get one of these things with either 2 or 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage; just know it's not going to be as sleek as Samsung's other new laptops. This Chromebook's waistline is a relatively chunky 0.7 inches, and one might expect a plastic body considering the lappy only weighs 2.53 pounds. Well, not quite: Samsung says the Chromebook 3 has a reinforced metal body, and has been crafted to improve grippability. Sadly, my frantic exploratory calls have proved fruitless — Samsung just isn't talking about pricing and availability for the Chromebook 3 right now beyond mentioning an "early 2016" launch.

Gallery: Samsung Chromebook 3 hands-on | 11 Photos

Frankly, it's not hard to see why the Chromebook 3 didn't get so much as a shout-out on stage today — Samsung's presser was all about prestige products, and Chromebooks definitely don't fall into that category. While it might not be as thrilling as a washing machine with a sink inside it, we wouldn't be at all surprised to see these humble laptops wind up on store shelves -- and in classrooms -- very soon.

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