updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu June 9, 2011
Acer and Samsung Chrome OS notebooks ready to sell
Google's Chrome OS partners made good on promises on Thursday after the two both started pre-orders for their respective Chromebooks. Both the Acer Cromia and the Samsung Series 5 are available to order early from Amazon and Best Buy less than a week ahead of their official June 15 ship dates. Tthe 3G and Wi-Fi versions are ready at the same time.
The Cromia is the inexpensive model of the two and starts out at $380 for a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom mated to an 11.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, and a front 1.3-megapixel webcam. It has just a six-hour battery. Adding 3G still keeps it cheaper at $450.
Samsung's model is the premium of the two with a larger 12-inch screen and an 8.5-hour battery. The differences put the minimum price at $430 for Wi-Fi and $500 for the 3G edition.
All of the 3G systems get a 'free' amount of data on Verizon. They move the design of netbook-class PCs upwards as well with full-size chiclet keyboards and larger trackpads.
Samsung Series 5