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I came across the information from Sony Insider about the company’s plan to build a Chrome OS device yesterday and decided to pass on writing about it. However, sites like Engadget are covering it, so I have to at least write something.
I don’t find this development particularly inspiring. Sure, Sony might be working on a Chrome OS PC but the reality is that most major manufacturers that want to make money from products not part of the Windows ecosystem are doing the same thing right now. It’s what they do.
Anyways, here are the rumored specs for the device.
- 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
- 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB solid state disk
- 8 hour battery
While I like these specifications, I want to emphasize that this could all come to naught for a number of reasons. The Sony Insider report is sketchy at best, and it’s a sure bet that the initial Chrome OS devices will come with Intel processors, not ARM. Intel has a vested interest in being prominently involved with Chrome OS despite the fact that their processors are more expensive.
Sony is known in th PC market for selling devices that are usually in a higher price tier than other PCs, so a laptop with Chrome OS from them would be more expensive than most. With ARM it might be cheaper, but only in order to keep in line with Sony’s high margins.
Would you buy a Sony Chrome OS PC?
via Sony Insider