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The Acer Chromebook is called the Cromia AC761. It has a 11.6″ screen and weighs in at 3.3 lbs.
11.6” HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit LCD: (1366 x 768) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
Dual-core Intel® ATOM Processor N570 1.66Ghz Speed
2GB DDR3 Memory – Onboard 2GB Maximum System Memory
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
16GB Solid State Drive
1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam (1280 x 1024)
High-Definition Audio Support
Two Built-in Speakers
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
Built-in 3G Wireless
2- USB 2.0 Ports
1- HDMI™ Port
Full-sized Chrome Keyboard with dedicated keys for the web
Oversized, Multi-touch Touchpad
Memory card slot for storing photos, music, and video
6 hours of continuous use
3.3 lbs (system unit only)
At the Google I/O Day 2 keynote, Sundar Pichai announced that Chromebooks will be made available on June 15. The two models will come from Acer and Samsung. They will be available from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com.
Samsung Chromebook. Two colors. $429. $499 with wireless. 12.1-inch, 1280 x 800, weighs 3.26 pounds and comes with dual-band 802.11 WiFi, optional global 3G, two USB 2.0 ports, an HD webcam and a clickable trackpad.
Acer Chromebook. $349 no price for 3G wireless yet. Will keep updating.
Monthly subscriptions with all in one service will start at $28 per user for business and $20 per user for educational institutions as well.
Samsung is inviting journalists to an event that is occurring next week on May 11 directly after Google’s I/O conference sessions, fueling speculation that Chrome OS hardware from the company will be unveiled next week. During a December Chrome and Chrome OS event, Google identified both Acer and Samsung as the initial Chrome OS hardware partners.
In the last few weeks we have seen two devices that have been appearing in Chromium’s bug reports: a “ZGB” device that has been linked to Acer and an “Alex” machine supposedly from Samsung. Both of the devices run on Intel’s Atom processors yet reportedly have form factors that are slightly larger than that of netbooks. It’s unknown whether the two devices will be targeted towards the consumer or business market, even though Chrome OS is expected to be available for sale in both of those spaces.
The Samsung event next week foretells some kind of hardware announcement, but it also may mean that the company is finally ready to get into the Google TV market. They’ve long been rumored to be working on Google TV products and now that the “2.0″ version is expected to be announced, this is also a distinct possibility.
What do you expect Samsung to announce around the Google I/O conference that is being held next week?
UPDATE: According to the website of journalist Joanna Stern, the invite from Samsung in San Francisco during Google I/O was sent via the company’s laptop division.
Last year, a lot of hype surrounded the emergence of an Acer prototype dubbed the ZGA in Chromium’s bug reports. But since the entire Chrome OS commercial release was delayed in favor of a pilot programs that allowed for more testing of the platform, Acer was forced to take a backseat at the time.
But since their PC sales are flagging, it’s obvious that the Taiwan-based company has a very keen interest in producing lightweight Chrome OS laptops. The one anonymous source who first spotted the ZGA device is now pointing out that it has a successor called the ZGB.
There aren’t as many details this time around, although it seems clear to this source that the Acer device that is being tested with Chrome OS has a 1366×768 screen, an HDMI port and running an Intel Atom processor.
I’m going to hope that the Atom processor in this unit is better than the N455 that came with the Cr-48. While it’s likely that Google was trying to find the right balance between cost and performance, the chip in this laptop doesn’t have the graphical horsepower required to run video. It will and then it won’t. There needs to be a bit more consistency.
Perhaps Samsung will release a Chrome OS device that runs on ARM this year I believe that we’re starting to deal with diminishing returns as PC-like devices get smaller yet still run Intel Atom processors. The performance of Chrome OS may be better suited for ARM processors that you commonly find in tablets or smartphones.
Would you prefer an Acer or Samsung Chrome OS device?
Inconclusive. I hesitated even posting it, and I should probably move it into the blog’s Rumor category. Why did I run it? Because two sites (ConceivablyTech and Heise.de) were already claiming that Acer Germany had said that this was a Chrome OS product, leading me to believe that it would show up at CeBIT in Germany next week.
Of course, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler did the work of actually asking Google, and their response is that they’re focused on releasing Chrome OS laptops. But still Acer is neither confirming nor denying the fact that this form factor could indeed be available for Chrome OS. With the amount of information in the report, along with the fact that Acer already has a similar device on the market, I still don’t think it’s a stretch to say Acer has intentions on selling the DX241H.
Acer, which has long said that it hopes to be the first computer manufacturer to have a product with Chrome OS, is announcing their first device. Surprisingly, it is not a laptop, but a digital display. It’s called the DX241H, and it will run with an ARM processor instead of an Intel chip.
This 24″ 16:9 display unit runs an ARM Cortex A8 and can play back HD video. It has USB ports, a VGA jack and HDMI output. There’s no information available regarding RAM or local storage, although the number of GBs in a product like this is sure to be small. It uses Acer’s clear.fi technology to stream media from other PCs.
The DX241H is expected to cost around $400. But for that amount one would expect it to be something more akin to a television than a computer that you could use back and forth. It doesn’t appear that the device does that and is just a media device. It comes bundled with a remote, however.
I’m taken aback that this is the first commercial Chrome OS device. Google has long said that the first products would have keyboards, which this clearly does not. At the same time, I can see why Acer would want to release something like this because it’s different and could be useful for certain purposes. We’ll probably learn more about the DX241H during CeBIT, which takes place next week.
Would you buy the DX241H?
UPDATE: I’ve moved this to the rumor category. Read my follow up here.
While the Cr-48 comes with an Intel Atom processor and devices from Acer and Samsung may also come with Intel chipsets, it cannot be forgotten what the potential is for Chrome OS on an ARM processor may do for the platform. Sure, Intel has the netbook/laptop market cornered, but Chrome OS will likely not be slotted into that market specifically. Other form factors will likely emerge, just as Google has envisioned at the Chromium site.
Granted, there has been some speculation about all-in-on ARM devices recently that could combine Android, Google TV and Chrome OS into one ARM-powered gadget and I wouldn’t discredit that from happening. I just wonder what wireless operators and satellite/cable companies would do should manufacturers try to put something like that on the market.
Is it any coincidence that Acer and Samsung, both companies slated to have commercial Chrome OS devices in 2011, are showing off this tablet/laptop form factor?
Acer is showing their reference design, which looks a lot like the Samsung Sliding 7 we brought you earlier. Of course, these devices are being touted as Windows machines for now – at least until Chrome OS gets more refinement during the course of this year.
A former Googler turned tech investor has made the prediction that Chrome OS will be terminated or merged into the Android operating system at some point.
Paul Buchheit, who once worked for Google formerly as lead developer for Gmail, co-founded social networking site FriendFeed and is now an investor in start-up incubator Y Combinator had this to say on Twitter: “Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android)”.
Both PC manufacturers Acer and Samsung were named as the initial companies that would introduce Chrome OS to the consumer market, and a press event held by Google Taiwan today also pointed this out. It’s clear with the event today that Google wants to be in the ear of Taiwan, long known as a manufacturing design hub for the PC industry.
According to the report from Taiwan, Acer is working with Quanta Computer on manufacturing their device. Samsung will make theirs in house. Both products are expected to be release with Intel processors. There is a mention of HP making a device as well with Inventec, the manufacturer of Google’s pilot Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop.
There’s no word on specifically when these device will be available in 2011. At yesterday’s press event, mid-2011 was mentioned. Here’s hoping that we’ll see a some device previews at CES in January now that Google has announced some major Chrome OS news. We’ll be reporting live from CES in Las Vegas, where Toshiba is rumored to by readying a Chrome OS tablet prototype.
It was tablet glory for Acer yesterday in New York as they unveiled a lineup of slates and a smartphone running Android. Those devices won’t be released until 2011, but more importantly the company did do a bit of talking about Chrome OS. A company official told those at the press conference that Acer will have a Chrome OS netbook available next year.
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