Four companies are expected to start selling Chrome OS notebooks in large quantities during the second half of 2011. The devices are expected to have between 10-12″ screen sizes, Intel Atom or NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors and one or more may have dual operating system support, according to the Taiwan-based Digitimes.
The companies include Samsung and Acer, which have already be identified by Google as initial hardware partners, as well as Asustek and Sony. The report also says that while both Dell and HP are testing Chrome OS internally, they have not yet made a decision whether or not they will produce them this year.
What’s promising to hear is that both Acer and Asus models are expected to have a retail price under $300. I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought this would be an ideal range to sell these devices, as many early adopters and regular users of Google services would be willing to give a Chrome OS laptop a try for that price. Digitimes also identifies the Sony device to specifically come with a Tegra 2 ARM processor and an 11.6″ screen.
It’s also entirely possible that one or more devices will be shown at Computex, being held May31-June 2 in Taipei, Taiwan. This is probably highly dependent on what Google announces regarding Chrome during the I/O conference in the first part of May.
I’d say that this is exciting news, but as always it’s best to take Digitimes’ reports with a grain of salt. They aren’t always right with their information, but that might not be because their sources are wrong, just that things can often change, especially since Google is working closely with its hardware partners to make a Chrome OS launch successful.