Samsung Chromebook

This article lists the different types of Chromebooks, following the release of news from the Google I/O 2011 conference.

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What are Chromebooks?

Chromebooks are a type of laptop / mobile device running Google Chrome OS.

Chromebooks are unique amongst laptop devices in that they do not run Windows or offer a standard PC like environment.

Video

A lovely video from Google describing the concept of a Chromebook.

Introduces some cool concepts that explain the Chromebook:

  • Is the internet
  • No programs – nothing to start up
  • No desktop
  • You can use it anywhere
  • Everything saved to the web
  • Doesn’t need virus protection
  • No updates or patches needed
  • New concept / way of doing things

Types of Chromebooks

The two first devices are to be manufactured by Samsung and Acer and are due to be released on June 15th 2011.

Both are reported to be similar to the Cr-48 prototype.

Samsung Chromebook

The Samsung Chromebook is compact and lightweight (1.5kg).

Specs include a snappy 1.66GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive (SSD). This means it is a relatively fast computer compared to tablet PCs.

It has a slightly larger 12.1″ screen compared to the Acer Chromebook. PC Advisor report that images looks “really good” and that “colours were vibrant and accurately rendered.”

Acer Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook has an Intel Atom N570 processor, 2gb of RAM, 16GB SSD, 2 USB ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader and webcam.

Although the Acer has a ever so slightly smaller screen, it has a good quality 11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD.

The Acer comes with a HDMI output.

Find Chromebook Prices

Find prices of Chromebooks:

Compare Specifications

The following specifications are taken from Google’s Chromebook product page here.

SamsungAcer
12.1" (1280x800) 300 nit Display11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg3.19 lbs | 1.45 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage6 hours of continuous usage
Intel AtomTM Dual-Core ProcessorIntel AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphoneHD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA portHDMI port
Fullsize Chrome keyboardFullsize Chrome keyboard
Oversize fully-clickable trackpadOversize fully-clickable trackpad
High-Definition Audio Support
 

Mobile Network Provider

In the UK mobile operator Three / 3 will provide 3G services to the Chromebook.

Useful Websites

If you are looking for more information on Chromebooks or are considering buying one you may find the following websites useful:

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