The Chromebook Series 5

Chromebook Series 5

Google along with computer giant Samsung have released the world’s first chromebook – the Chromebook Series 5.

Today, Google says they will make available to the public, Google Chrome OS notebooks. The first Chromebook will be released on June 15, 2011. It will be released  here in the U.S. and other stories in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. Google senior president of Chrome, Sundar Pichai revealed that Acer and Samsung would produce the first launch devices.

At a nice starting price of $429, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 is much cheaper than an iPad and alot cheaper than a standard Macbook laptop. But is its hardware, speed and Chrome OS software enough to get consumers to make a purchase?

Here’s an overview of the specs for the Samsung Chromebook:

  • Size: 0.79-inch case, 3.3 pounds total
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD
  • Processor: Intel dual-core processor (Samsung and Google aren’t disclosing the processor speed) Update: Amazon says it’s an Intel Atom Processor N570 running at 1.66Ghz
  • Screen: 12.1-inch SuperBright Display, 16:10 resolution — Samsung claims that it is 36% brighter than a standard LCD display.
  • Battery: Up to 8.5 hours of normal usage, up to 5 hours of video playback
  • Software: Google Chrome OS. Bootup time is less than 10 seconds
  • Peripherals: Two USB ports and an SD/SDHC/MMC card reader
  • Price: $429 for Wi-Fi. $499 for the 3G version, which includes 100MB free per month for two years
  • Input: The trackpad is “oversized” and the Chromebook sports a full-sized Chiclet-style keyboard.

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