Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer starting at $349

Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer starting at $349

Summary: Google has announced details of the first two commercial notebooks using its Chrome OS. Samsung and Acer will release the first of these so-called "Chromebooks" in the U.

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Google has announced details of the first two commercial notebooks using its Chrome OS. Samsung and Acer will release the first of these so-called "Chromebooks" in the U.S. and six other countries starting on June 15.

Google made the announcement during its Chrome keynote at the annual Google I/O developer conference earlier today. Samsung's Chromebook will be based on a 12.1-inch display while Acer's model will have an 11.6-inch display. Both will have instant-on, an 8-second boot time and all-day battery life, according to Google. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will cost $429 for Wi-Fi version and $499 with 3G. The Acer Chromebook will start at $349.

Google announced that it will also sell the Chromebooks--as well as a small-form factor ChromeBox desktop--to businesses. The company will sell the devices to them as part of a package that includes the hardware, software and support for $28 per user per month. These will be Google will sell a similar package to schools and government for $20 per user. These packages will also be available starting June 15 directly from Google.

These new Chromebooks also address many of the issues raised during the pilot program with the Cr-48 Chrome notebook over the past six months. These ChromeBooks have an Intel dual-core for faster performance, a revamped trackpad, better support for Adobe Flash and a new File Manager and apps that make it easier to work with documents, photos, music and video. More details on the ChromeBooks and capabilities of Chrome OS in an upcoming post.

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Topics: Hardware, Google, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Wow, brilliant!!!

    People will love having computers that just work.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer starting at $349

      @DonnieBoy
      Too bad I would rather spend that money on an iPad LOL, I already own a netbook and a laptop.
      Hasam1991
      • Hey, iPads are great too. This is really a notebook, not a netbook.

        349 is a great price.
        DonnieBoy
  • pixel resolution?

    What is the pixel resolution of the screens? Anything less that 1280x1024 or 1600x900 is useless to me.

    Does it have USB ports?
    wkulecz
    • RE: Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer starting at $349

      @wkulecz

      Good questions.

      The resolution is 1280 x 800. Based on the demos, it would appear that Chromebooks will have both USB ports and an SD card slot.
      jmorris@...
      • Plenty of resolution for a notebook!!

        I have 1366 x 768, on an 11.6 inch display.
        DonnieBoy
  • Wow...

    An Atom based netbook, with a restricted OS...

    I'll think, I'll stick to buying Windows based laptops for less and installing Chrome on them...

    I can get a Pentium Dual Core, 2GB RAM and Windows 7 with Office 2010 Starter for 299? at the moment - that is faster, more capable and I can still run Chrome on it is I want.
    wright_is
    • You mean restricted... like not being able to run many apps...

      ...like Windows Vista...

      Or do yo mean "restricted" in that you can't get viruses and trojans to steal your identity during internet banking...

      I wonder if hundreds of thousands of locked in enterprise Windows installations (carefully managed by MS-SMS) would be "open" systems in your definition.
      cosuna
      • RE: Google announces Chromebooks from Samsung, Acer starting at $349

        @cosuna Restricted as in unable to do anything without an internet connection...

        There have been many instances, especially visiting customers, where I get not 3G signal and asking the customer to open up a VPN tunnel to our network is out of the question, that meant we ended up "enhancing" one of our normal thin clients touch screen terminals to actually have a decent mainboard, with a copy of Win Server and SAP installed on it!

        We already use thin clients for over 95% of our employees, but those that are on the road, and need a laptop, need a laptop and not a thin cleint / glorified web browser.
        wright_is