Possible Google Chrome OS netbook spec leaked

Possible Google Chrome OS netbook spec leaked

Summary: I'm getting credible (albeit off-the-record) confirmation that the rumored Google Chrome OS netbook spec as reported earlier this week by IBTimes is pretty close to the mark.

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I'm getting credible (albeit off-the-record) confirmation that the rumored Google Chrome OS netbook spec as reported earlier this week by IBTimes is pretty close to the mark.

Here's the rumored spec:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2.0 chipset
  • ARM CPU
  • 10.1-inch TFT 1,280 x 720 HD-ready multi-touch display
  • 64GB SSD
  • 2GB RAM
  • Other usual suspects: WiFi, 3G, webcam, USB, Ethernet

The Tegra/ARM combination is to be expected given that battery life is crucial, but a multi-touch display would be a real bonus, especially if this device retails for under $300.

The Google Chrome OS netbook is expected to launch in the holiday season of 2010. It will come with preinstalled Google apps such as Google Map, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, etc. According to Google it won't be possible to install other applications onto the device.

Topics: Software, Browser, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems

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  • Nice machine

    I'd certainly like to have one....

    The statement by Google, that one won't be able to install anything on it, is a lark, though. If I'd have one, I would immediately turn it into a dual boot with Ubuntu Netbook Remix. A bloody cinch. :-)
    pjotr123
    • interesting to see

      How much will it cost? And if it were cheap enough and someone didn't like Chrome OS, could that someone could easily install another OS on this thing. Then we will know whether Google is as "open" as they try to portray themselves to be.
      nothingness
    • I'm not sure about that

      From what I've read, Google are very keen on preventing unauthorised changes to the OS, and according to http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=6258 , will likely either embed the OS into the device or customise the bios to prevent booting from another media.

      The latter may be circumventable, but by no means a cinch if it's true.
      AndyCee
  • I'll take two (nt)

    nt
    Economister
    • Sure, you NEED two, EconoMentalist.

      nt
      Coogol
  • I Thought Apple was Bad

    This will be a locked down, proprietary device that Google will totally control and no doubt track everything you are doing too (personal privacy is such a priority at Google). Why would anyone buy this?! Oh wait - what other company is successful with this "our way or the highway" business model - oh yeah, Apple.
    jpr75_z
  • Great specs to buy one and place Win 7 on it

    what exactly multi touch is for on Google OS? idiotic, well bring Win 7 on that machine and you are set to go
    keoz
    • Good luck

      running Windows 7 on an ARM processor.

      But I agree that I'm not sure what Google app will make good use of multi-touch.
      AndyCee
      • You are right I was missing that point, was thinking about Atom nt

        nt
        keoz