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Google Shows Off Two New Chrome OS Notebooks

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Day two of Google I/O has brought us two new Chrome OS laptops.

Unless you were lucky enough to get into Google’s Chrome OS pilot program, you probably haven’t seen one of the ChromeOS notebooks in real life, never mind had the chance to try out one out. However, if today’s Google I/O keynote is anything to go by, you should be seeing a lot more Chrome OS laptops around this summer.



Google today revealed two new Chrome OS notebooks from Samsung and Acer. Acer’s model starts at $349 while Samsung’s model, the razor-thin Series 5 ChromeBook pictured above, will start at $429 (for the WiFi version). Users looking for additional 3G support will have to fork over $499.

Specswise, we know the Acer model boasts an 11.6-inch HD widescreen LED-backlit LCD, a dual-core Atom CPU, 2xUSB 2.0, a 4-in-1 memory card slot, support for HDMI and a battery that supports six hours of continuous use. Samsung’s press release for the Series 5 ChromeBook details a 12.1-inch SuperBright display, an Intel Core 2 Duo N570 1.66Ghz CPU, up to 8.5 hours of battery, 2xUSB 2.0 ports, and support for SD, SDHC, MMC.
11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD.

Of course, you don’t need us to tell you that these both run Google’s web-based Chrome OS as their only operating system. The search giant today revealed a couple of new features for ChromeOS, such as the addition of support for Netflix and Hulu along with offline versions Gmail and Google Docs, and both of these laptops will feature these improvements right out of the box. Other Chrome OS users are promised these new features sometime this summer. Both Acer and Samsung's ChromeBooks will be up for pre-order on June 15.

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    the_krasno , May 12, 2011 2:18 AM
    Too bad Hulu and Netflix only work in one out of more than 200 nations.
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    amk09 , May 12, 2011 2:47 AM
    the_krasnoToo bad Hulu and Netflix only work in one out of more than 200 nations.


    Well thats too bad. Good thing I live in the U.S. ;) 
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 2:55 AM
    Woah... definately not buying.
    With the limitations of Chrome OS, it should at max be less than $400 IMO
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    poyntek , May 12, 2011 3:03 AM
    You know, this Chrome OS looks pretty nice, but there is a free Chromium based cloud OS you can get right now which to me looks a lot better, like this...

    http://www.tech-adventures.com/2011/02/jolicloud-portable-html5-desktop-web-of.html
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    burnley14 , May 12, 2011 4:01 AM
    I agree, it's a little too expensive for what you get. This is old technology simply squished into a tiny form factor, it should be cheaper since you aren't paying for an OS or anything cutting edge.
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    deltatux , May 12, 2011 5:37 AM
    the_krasnoToo bad Hulu and Netflix only work in one out of more than 200 nations.


    You mean two out of more than 200 nations? Netflix works in Canada. Only Hulu works in only America.
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    chaos133 , May 12, 2011 6:22 AM
    Why use a cloud OS when you can just use one on your own HDD/SSD? I don't understand how this would be better. The only thing I can think of is you wouldn't have to install any programs or any updates.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 12, 2011 7:32 AM
    Quote:
    Intel Core 2 Duo N570 1.66Ghz


    Don't you mean an Atom N570?
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    outlw6669 , May 12, 2011 8:11 AM
    Quote:
    Samsung’s press release for the Series 5 ChromeBook details a 12.1-inch SuperBright display, an Intel Core 2 Duo N570 1.66Ghz CPU, up to 8.5 hours of battery, 2xUSB 2.0 ports, and support for SD, SDHC, MMC.


    I think you mean an Atom N570...
    There is no ULV C2D 570.
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 9:23 AM
    Agree with some comments. It's well overpriced for a little it can do. And what's the point to pay over $300 if the device can't even be used for MS Office? I'd think twice for spending half of what they are asking on it.. Specs are low and some outdated too.
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    punnar , May 12, 2011 11:17 AM
    I think the targeted audience for these devices are people who spends most of their time on the internet but want's more than an iPad. I know a few people that use their desktop computers mostly for internet application.

    I'd buy one.
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 12:21 PM
    These notebooks will be Jailbroken.
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    ProDigit10 , May 12, 2011 12:27 PM
    2 usb ports is too little!
    You can only hook up one keyboard and one mouse, and forget the external harddrive or printer or other USB device!
    Laptops and netbooks need 3 USB ports (with preferably 1 of them USB 3)!
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    reggieray , May 12, 2011 12:50 PM
    Nothing about storage size on these things. I'm thinking the WiFi Samsung model would be nice (If the hardware is right) after ripping Google's OS off and installing Ubuntu.
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    dread_cthulhu , May 12, 2011 2:25 PM
    Honestly, for Average-Joe/Jane computer user, a cloud OS is perfect. They can't screw it up, and I know some people who don't even realize you can use a computer when it's not connected to the internet. Working in a computer store, I see these every day. And the pricing seriously isn't outrageous for these. I don't think I'd own one to do any serious computing, but as far as my customers go, I could probably sell one easily, especially at that price, which, frankly, is competitive.
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    molo9000 , May 12, 2011 3:35 PM
    ProDigit102 usb ports is too little!You can only hook up one keyboard and one mouse, and forget the external harddrive or printer or other USB device!Laptops and netbooks need 3 USB ports (with preferably 1 of them USB 3)!


    Ever heard of that little invention called a "USB hub"? More USB ports are always better, but 2 are perfectly enough for a laptop.
    This is a netbook, not a desktop replacement.

    btw: no bluetooth support? wtf? Is this the stone age?
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    Parsian , May 12, 2011 3:55 PM
    Netflix still sux in Canada. I just cancelled my subscription because of lack content. Oh well, I shouldnt really blame them... One day :p 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 12, 2011 4:23 PM
    Junk, like I thought. $429 - get a *real* netbook, not some cloud-based nonsense.
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 4:25 PM
    I'm surprised they didn't go with the AMD Zacate dual 1.6GHz setup. The graphics are better than anything intel has to offer.
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    fir_ser , May 12, 2011 5:07 PM
    chaos133Why use a cloud OS when you can just use one on your own HDD/SSD? I don't understand how this would be better. The only thing I can think of is you wouldn't have to install any programs or any updates.

    Good point chaos133.
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