In anticipation of the floodgate of new low cost Windows RT device announcement, today Google announces its $249 Chromebook, a 11.6” laptop, 2.5lbs and 6.5 hours battery life, it boots up in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly. High-resolution videos (in 1080p). The low cost is the result of switching from Intel X86 based to ARM-based processor.
The Chrome OS is essentially a Web browser centric OS with incredible boot up time of 8secs. The OS offers limited ability to plug-in an USB stick or SD cards for photo viewing, music listening or video watching. Since the apps and documents reside on the Web, there is no need to worry about losing or damaging the notebook. User can log on with their Google user ID and get everything sync’ed up on all Google devices.
The Chromebook is manufactured by Samsung. It will be on sale at Amazon, Bestbuy, TigerDirect, Newegg, as well as the Google Play store.. today!
Other specs include Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core processor; 11.6-inch display,1366×768 resolution, 200nit brightness; 2GB RAM; 16GB SSD; SD-card slot; USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports Bluetooth 3.0 compatible; HDMI port, SIM card slot, etc.. Owners of the new Chromebook will get 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years.