Thursday, May 12, 2011

Google shows off first Chromebooks

Google shows off first ChromebooksGoogle has introduced two Chromebooks today, one made by Samsung and the other made by Acer.

The netbooks will run on Google's Chrome OS.

Samsung's model will have a 12.1-inch display, 1280x800 resolution, 8 second boot time and 8 hour battery life. The device runs on a dual core 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 processor, has an HD webcam, a mini-VGA port, 2 USB ports and will weigh just 3.3 pounds.

A Wi-Fi-only version will sell for $429 while a 3G version will sell for $499.

The Acer model will be smaller and have an 11.6-inch display, 8 second boot time, dual core Intel Atom processor, 2 USB ports, an HD webcam, optional 3G and HDMI-out.

Acer's Chromebook will sell for $350 as Wi-Fi-only.

Perhaps more importantly, Google says both of the Chromebooks will be easily jailbroken, meaning users can tweak the OS, install homebrew or even (possibly) add a Linux distro for a dual boot.

The books go on sale on June 15th.

In what is likely a first, Google is also offering the Chromebooks as a subscription model for students, at $20 per month for schools per student.

View more pics here: Google Chromebooks

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