samsung chromebook Google announces partner Chromebooks

Not entirely unexpected, Google's first Chromebook partners will be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model that will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly the two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms of features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact that they're both black and running Google's Chrome OS.

Not entirely unexpected, Google's first Chromebook partners will be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model that will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly the two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms of features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact that they're both black and running Google's Chrome OS.

Acer's Chromebook is an 11.6-inch netbook as far as the specifications goes, as at its core is an unspecified dual core Atom processor. For whatever reason there's no mention of system memory or storage space, although we wouldn't expect either to be particularly huge, especially as the Cr-48 only came with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The screen should have a resolution of 1366×768 pixels as far as we can tell, but there's no explicit mention of the resolution apart from it being "HD".

acer chromebook Google announces partner Chromebooks

Other parts of the specifications include dual band Wi-Fi, optional 3G (most likely cost option), an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader a pair of audio jacks and surprisingly an HDMI port. There's also a "full size Chrome keyboard" and the Acer Chromebook is using an Acer "floating island" type keyboard and it also has an "oversize fully-clickable trackpad". The battery is said to be good for up to 6h of continuous usage, not a huge surprise considering this is pretty much a netbook and the whole thing weighs in at a very portable 1.34kg.

Samsung's Chromebook on the other hand is slightly larger at 12.1-inches it's surprisingly using a 16:10 display with 1280×800 resolution. Maybe this is a good way of getting rid of old stock? We're looking at another unspecified dual core Atom CPU here and once again no mention of memory or storage capacity. As with the Acer, the Samsung sports dual-band Wi-Fi, optional 3G, an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, but seemingly only a single audio jack and a "mini-VGA port" which is kind of frustrating.

samsung chromebook Google announces partner Chromebooks

Samsung has gone for a chiclet keyboard design and once again an "oversize fully-clickable trackpad". The battery life in this case has been upped to 8.5h which is pretty decent, although the weigh has also gone up a little bit to 1.48kg. Design wise the Samsung looks nicer that the Acer on the pictures, but we're somewhat sold on the HDMI port and the smaller size and lighter weight of the Acer.

Where the Acer really wins though is on price, as it should retail for US$349 (S$432), although this is without 3G, whereas the Wi-Fi only Samsung model is US$429 (S$531) with the 3G model going for $499 (S$618). It's worth keeping in mind that at least in the US, owners of a Chromebook get 100MB of 3G data free every month for two years from Verizon, although an unlimited day pass is a steep US$9.99 (S$12) and 1GB of DATA is $20 (S$25) a month, with 3GB for US$35 (S$43) and 5GB for a massive US$50 (S$62) a month.

Source: Google