Google made an official announcement, revealing the new Chrome OS netbooks backed up by Samsung and their latest ultra-slim device the Series 5 Chromebook. Debuting from June 15, the Google Chrome OS range will be available from major retail outlets such as, Amazon.com and Best Buy with other stores joining in across the UK, Germany, Italy, France and so on.
According to Mashable, Google will roll out the new OS with Samsung and Acer producing the initial range of netbooks. Competition will be stiff against the likes of Apple with their MacBook family, so these players will need to shine in order to secure their positions.
Looking down the specs list however, it would seem that Samsung will have little to worry about. Firstly you cant ignore the slim design, measuring in at just 0.79-inches, and packing a 12.1-inch, 1280 x 800 screen. Part of the “Chromebook” title spec means that the Samsung unit comes with dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 processing chip, powered by a Li-ion “all-day” battery. As Engadget mention, this will allow 8.5 hours of non-stop usage before external boosting is needed.
Other features included are dual-band 802.11 WiFi with the option of 3G, twin 2.0 USB outlets and a 1MP HD webcam. It will also have an SDXC card reader and optional dongle fed VGA-out, improvements have also been made to the trackpad.
When released expect to pay in the region of $429 WiFi only, or $499 for the 3G model which benefits from free 100MB Verizon data per month. At this price it undercuts other laptops and the likes of the MacBook. But do you think it offers enough for you to shell out? Let us know.
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