Samsung and Google have announced a notebook computer that uses the Chrome operating system. Unlike other notebook and laptop computers, almost all user information is stored online ‘in the cloud’.
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has a 12.1-inch screen, is just 2cm thick and weighs around 1.4kg. It runs an Intel N570 1.66Ghz Dual Core processor with a 16GB Solid State Drive, boots up in less than 10 seconds and has a battery life of up to 8.5 hours. There’ll be 3G+WiFi and WiFi-only versions.
Damian Cusick, General Manager of Computing for Samsung UK, said “With the creation of the Series 5 we are again pushing the boundaries of innovation by introducing an entirely new product category to the notebook market. This partnership has allowed us to combine Samsung’s design and engineering expertise with Google’s intuitive user interface to provide consumers with a revolutionary notebook to fit today’s web-centric lifestyle. This product will also open up endless opportunities for businesses already embracing cloud computing.”
The Samsung Series 5 is expected to appear in the UK next month, with the 3G/WiFi model retailing at £399 and the WiFi-only model at £349. Computer manufacturer Acer is also working with Google to produce Chromebook computers.