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Google unveils Chrome OS netbooks

by on12 May 2011

Meet the new Chromebooks
During its Google I/O conference, Google took some time to announce its Chrome OS and two devices that will be one of the first to use it. With a rather unimaginative name, Chromebooks will be available for order as of June 15 while Samsung and Acer will be the first two companies that will have one.

As noted, Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook and Acer's device simply called Chromebook will be pretty much similar to netbooks that are currently roaming the market. The devices will be powered by a dual-core N570 Atom CPU paired up with a 16GB SSD. On the good side, Google is promising an impressive eight second boot time with these specs.

For starters, Samsung will be rolling out its Series 5 Chromebook, a 12.1-inch 1280x800 device that will have a full-sized keyboard, large trackpad, WiFi with optional 3G version, two USB 2.0 ports, 1MP webcam, and a battery that should keep it running for up to 8.5 hours. Acer's Chromebook is a bit smaller as it has a 11.6-inch 1366x768 screen while the battery here is enough for up to 6 hours. Acer's Chromebook is pretty much identical to the Samsung, except for the fact that it has an HDMI output rather than the mini-VGA port on Samsung device. The Acer is a bit lighter too as it weighs around 1.34kg oposite to 1.48kg for Samsung.

Both devices should be available at Amazon and Best Buy stores in the US of A and Amazon and Pixmania stores around Europe as of June 15th. The WiFi only Samsung Series 5 Chromebook should set you back for US $429, while the 3G one will cost US $499. The Acer's Chromebook is a bit cheaper as it should start at US $349.

You can find more details and pictures here.



Last modified on 13 May 2011
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