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SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has unveiled a Samsung Chromebook starting at £230.
Two Chrome OS powered devices - one WiFi-only and one 3G enabled model - will go on sale in the UK on 26 October, the same day as Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
The 3G model will be available for £299 for those for those who don't want their web browsing sessions limited to WiFi networks.
Speaking in a blog post, Google's VP of Chrome and apps Sundar Pichai touted the new Chromebook as "the computer for everyone" and said the more affordable price was to get to the "heart of Chromebook vision" and for people "to have one, two or more computers around the house".
Powered by an ARM based 1.75GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor and 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, the Samsung Chromebook features a 11.6in display with 1366x768 resolution, weighing 1.13kg and measuring 20.3mm thick.
Running the lightweight Chrome operating system (OS), Google's new device will boot up in under 10 seconds and should last for around 6.5 hours between charges depending on how many graphically and performance demanding tasks you throw at it. Google's Pichai also promised that users of the new Samsung Chromebook should "notice smooth scrolling due to a hardware-accelerated user interface".
There's also 100GB of free Google Drive storage bundled with every device sold.
The Samsung Chromebook is available for preorder from online retailers such as Amazon now.
Users that are a looking for a beefier Chromebook equivalent will be able to buy the already available Samsung Chromebook 550, which starts at around £350 and features a larger 12.1in display, 3G connectivity and an Intel Core series processor. µ
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