updated 07:10 am EDT, Wed March 30, 2011
Acer, Asus, Sony and Samsung launch manufacturers
Originally expected to start shipping in numbers in the first half of 2011, notebooks featuring Google's streamlined, cloud-based OS have been confirmed to go mainstream in the second half of 2011. Notebooks from a wide range of leading vendors expected to display their Chrome OS notebooks at Computex Taipei 2011 include Acer, Asus, Sony and Samsung. Processors will range from the rumored NIVIDIA Tegra 2-powered Sony Chrome OS notebook, through to offerings with more typical Intel Atom-based configurations.
The usual manufacturers will be tapped to produce the new devices and include Inventec, Quanta and Compal. Some of the notebooks are also expected to be dual-bootable and could see prices south of $300 in order create a category clearly differentiated by price away from the tablet segment.
According to Digitimes sources, Sony has chosen NVIDIA's Tegra 2 to power its 11.6-inch Chrome OS notebook in order to deliver battery life comparable to the current generation of tablets. Apple's iPad and competitors such as Motorola Xoom offer ten hours of battery life. Sony is said to be achieving around 8 hours of battery life from its Chrome OS notebook, which provided that it is competitively priced, can be expected to make it an attractive alternative to tablets for productivity.