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Google's Chrome OS will launch with Samsung and Acer

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Thu May 12 2011, 13:07

GOOGLE'S THIN-CLIENT operating system Chrome will debut on laptops from Samsung and Acer.

At its I/O event yesterday, Google teased the world with a few details revealing that its untested Chrome operating system will appear on Samsung and Acer laptops this Summer. Now Samsung has chipped in with a confirmed release date and hardware details.

The Samsung laptop will be called the Series 5 Chromebook and it will sit on a 12.1in chassis and have a 1280x800 WXGA resolution Superbright 300 nit display.

For punters' money, Samsung is going to bundle in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD storage and Intel's dual-core N570 Atom chip running at 1.66Ghz. It will weigh only 3.2 pounds and Samsung claimed you will get 8.5 hours of battery life for standard use but up to five hours on video playback without the need to recharge.

Ports are relatively minimal with 2 USB, a SIM card slot, a multi-format card reader and a VGA dongle. Samsung will release only two flavours in June, a 3G WiFi model at £399 and WiFi only model for £349.

Acer has been less forthcoming with information but The INQUIRER has spotted a WiFi and 3G Chrome model on Amazon's US store. Basic specifications of the Acer Chromebook are exactly the same as Samsung's Series 5 but it's on a smaller 11.6in chassis and has a slightly lower screen resolution at 1366x768. Acer will also bundle in an HDMI port and a 6-cell lithium battery but hasn't listed any prices.

How will Chrome do with big vendors? It obviously helps having top tier vendors backing your product but its an untested market for Google. Chromebooks also have Jailbreak as a standard feature so tinkerers can install whatever they want on them. That means Google has at least stuck to its open rhetoric and it will please the modders, but straight-laced vendors and mobile carriers might not be so happy. µ


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