Google Chromebook laptop to launch on 15th June

12 May 2011

Screen shot 2011-05-12 at 09.24.12 Yesterday, Google were planning to make lightbulbs and dishwashers. Today, they’re gearing up to launch a… get this… a computer!

Available from June 15th, it’ll be called the Chromebook, it’ll run on Google’s own Chrome operating system and it’ll be made by Samsung and Acer and available online only from Amazon and Dixons.

Google’s Chrome OS is based on the Chrome web browser and they claim that it is designed to get people to use web-based applications more – Google top dog Sergey Brin says it’s “a new model of computing”

Samsung’s laptop (the Series 5, pictured) has an Intel N570 1.66Ghz Dual Core processor, 16GB of storage and a 12.1-inch screen. Battery life is 8.5 hours. The Acer version will have similar specs but with a slightly smaller screen.

The only price quoted by Google so far is $349, which works out at about £215, although an actual UK RRP is yet to be announced.

TOPICS:   Technology

11 comments

  • thefunboi
    If its only available online.. how will we be able to test and try this new era of computing genius?
  • stating o.
    duh....buy one?
  • Rb_
    I think the price point is too high. Having beta tested Chrome OS it really is just a web browser, which is fine (And perfectly functional) but it certainly will feel alien to an awful lot of people. If the price point was about £50 less, people would buy it in their droves (In my opinion), as it stands you can pick up a very crap laptop for that sort of price, which would be a much better bet seeing as it remains to be seen if the 'app store' market for this OS really takes off, currently the apps consist of everything you can get on the chrome web browsers store and a couple more. Oh and on a side note, the lack of google music on launch over here (Unless they pull their finger out and get it launched over here in it's beta form on or before the release of the chromebook) will be a huge loss as well.
  • Phil
    Well as it basically a notebook without windows you could always buy it and if you don't like it stick on Windows/Linux/(Insert other OS here).
  • Phil76
    16BG of storage? Is that a typo? Is the idea that all your files are stored remotely or something? Think I'll pass on that idea.
  • thefunboi
    @ stating the obvious - Sorry if im stating the obvious here, but I did say how could I *TRY* one. As in, I would like to *TRY* before I buy. If you read the article, again, not stating the obvious here, it does say "and available online ONLY from Amazon and Dixons."
  • Troll
    What's there to try? ChromeOS? do it on an existing machine: http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-guide#TOC-Getting-the-source-code
  • Rb_
    @Phil I suspect with the specs (Especially the hard drive space) that reeeaallly wouldn't be worth it for the price. Hence my point :)
  • Auctioneer
    Hope it will be fast and easy to use.
  • Sawyer
    I really want a Chromebook. But I want a Google one, like a consumer version of the CR-48. Or failing that, a Chrome-based ThinkPad. What I don't want is a plasticky piece of Acer tat, which is what we have on offer here.
  • vasu
    I think the price point is too high. Having beta tested Chrome OS it really is just a web browser, which is fine (And perfectly functional) but it certainly will feel alien to an awful lot of people.

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