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Google Announces “Chromebooks”

Today at Google I/O the company announced the upcoming release of two new Chrome laptops. Called “Chromebooks” the laptops are able to boot in 8 seconds, and are immediately connected to the web. The laptops have built-in connectivity options, pay-as-you-go web (with 100MB of 3G data free per month from Verizon), and “all-day” battery life. Much like the CR-48, Chromebooks are all cloud based (with no on-board storage). The computers are automatically updated every few weeks, so each time you open one you get the latest version of whatever software you are using. Google’s Music Beta and Movies services that were announced yesterday will also work on the machines.

A laptop with no built-in storage? Check out the video below that explains how all that works:

Google is working with Samsung, Acer, Intel, and Verizon to bring Chromebooks to market, and announced two specific models today:

Samsung: $499

  • 12.1″ (1280×800) 300 nit Display
  • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • 8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

 

Acer – $349

  • 11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
  • 2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
  • 6 hours of continuous usage 1
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • High-Definition Audio Support
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • HDMI port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

Both Chromebooks will be available June 15 at Amazon and Best Buy in the US, as well as at retailers in the UK, France, Italy, Spain Germany, Netherlands. Schools will be able to rent the notebooks from Google for $20/month per user. Businesses will be able to do the same for $28/user.

What do you think? Are any of you thinking about getting one?


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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