Google has presented the first two laptops powered by the Google Chrome OS which will be commercially available soon. The announcement was made at the annual Google I/O conference. Acer and Samsung will manufacture the devices and orders will be taken from 15th June 2011.
According to information provided by Google, Acer and Samsung will lead the Bandwagon for manufacturing these Notebooks.
The first model which is to be manufactured by Acer, has a 11.6 inch HD widescreen and is powered by an Intel Atom N570 dual core processor. The laptop has also a HD web camera with Noise cancellation Mic (and High Definition Audio support), two USB ports, an HDMI port and a 4-in-1 card reader. It weighs 1.34 kg and has a six hour battery-life.
The second model, manufactured by Samsung and named Series 5 has a slightly bigger 12.1 inch display and is powered by the same Intel Atom processor used for the Acer model. The 16:10 aspect ratio has a 1280×800 pixel resolution. The laptop weighs 1.48 kg and is said to have a tested battery life of 8.5 hours. This Samsung Chromebook will have a Mini-VGA port in addition to the similar other features given in the Acer model.
(Note that the Specifications can change without notice)
Both these Notebooks will include a multi-touch Touchpad and an optional mode for 3G internet access. Both Notebooks run the Google Chrome OS and will boot in less than 10 seconds (8 seconds to be precise). The new operating system is based on cloud-computing architecture where most of the information is stored externally, on Google’s servers or on those of another service provider. The expression “cloud computing” refers to the manner in which information is accessed, stored and processed in a computer network. In this system, all information and apps are stored and run on a server, a network hub and are only accessed on a client-terminal, such as the new notebooks. Almost no information is stored on these terminals and their processing power can decrease because all the data processing and storage activities are taking place on a server.
In other words, all apps will run via an interface similar to a browser, and users will be able to transfer the whole user account, with all the folders and settings from one computer to another instantly, with the help of a click. You can see some details about the OS’s functions in the following videos:
Same experience everywhere
Amazing web apps
Price and Availability
These Notebooks will made available in US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy in the first lot for which the Orders will start from 15th June 2011 on Amazon. The sale in other countries will start a few months later.