Google debuts first Chrome OS-based laptop: the Cr-48

Google has officially unveiled the Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop. But the only way to get one soon is to be a member of the upcoming pilot program.

Google has officially unveiled the Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop. But the only way to get one soon is to be a member of the upcoming pilot program.

Before everyone gets excited, know that this is defintiely a business-focused notebook. Application data will be saved to a cloud rather than the Cr-48. And as Google asserts that buyers "can spend less on hardware" with Chrome notebooks, expect a reasonable price tag but a no-frills machine.

Not everything has been revealed about this portable computer so far, but the following specs have been confirmed:

  • 12.1-inch display
  • 10-second boot time
  • Flash storage
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Built-in 3G
  • Integrated Google Apps
  • Webcam
  • Full size keyboard
  • Oversized click pad
  • Battery life: Up to eight hours of active use; up to eight days on standby

To apply to be a member of the pilot program, you may do so now by applying here.

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