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Acer, Samsung unveil Chrome OS notebooks, due June 15

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2011

Acer and Samsung Chrome OS notebooks official

Google during its I/O day two keynote confirmed the launch details of the very first Chrome OS notebooks. Acer and Samsung will both have models on sale June 15 through Amazon and Best Buy and are promising roughly the same level of performance. Since they both boot to a browser from SSDs, they have eight-second boot times, "all-day" batteries, and the option of prepaid 3G data.

The Acer notebook is the smallest of the two and packs an 11.6-inch display and a 6.5-hour battery. Samsung's is larger at 12.1 inches and a longer eight-hour battery. 3G on either will be available from Verizon in the US and from other carriers internationally. All versions will also be jailbreak-friendly to let users modify the OS.

Companies will have the option of a subscription plan at $28 per person with 'free' hardware upgrades, a centralized management console on the web and warranty replacements. Schools and other institutions will pay $20 per person, Google explained.

Prices for regular users may prove problematic for Google, which is starting the systems higher than netbooks and close to the prices of tablets like the iPad as well as full-size notebooks. Acer's system will cost $349 for a Wi-Fi only version and an unmentioned price for 3G. Samsung's will start at $429 for Wi-Fi only and $499 for a 3G version.




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  1. iphonerulez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +3

    I'm starting to love this. Companies are

    starting to move away from the Windows desktop. I don't care even if it is just a small percentage. For every non-Windows notebook or tablet sold, that's one less Windows license. If it continues to trend that way for a year or so, that will be quite a bit of lost revenue for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. Businesses and consumer might just get a clue that they can actually survive and get work done not using a Windows PC. It gives the Mac/OSX line a bit more of an opening. I'm sure computer vendors will be happy by not having to pay for a Windows license so they take more money for themselves by using free Android.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +3

    Beginning of the end for Android

    First, Google will be forced to pay Oracle for every copy of Android ever shipped. Next, Google themselves will try to migrate users from Android to Chrome OS.

    Vic Gundotra, chief Android apologist, said so himself back when Chrome OS was rolled out: "We believe the web has won and over the next several years, the browser, for economic reasons almost, will become the platform that matters and certainly that's where Google is investing." (http://bit.ly/IODiG and also http://bit.ly/bX1me)

    Of course, that could have been a knee-jerk reaction against the success of Apple's App Store. Google seems to be doing a lot of knee-jerking in response to Apple's success.

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