Google rumored to be releasing 12.85-inch laptop by year's end
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An article on the China Times news website has reported that Google plans to release their own proprietary laptop by the end of this year. At the moment, details are thin on the ground, no pricing or specific region has been stated and there are no details on what specifications this potential Google Chromebook could offer.
Sources have stated that Google plans to cut out OEMs such as Samsung and Asus for their foray into touchscreen notebooks and will instead go straight to manufacturers such as Compal Electronics and Wintek to provide the necessary materials. This should help Google keep costs low so the device can be profitably viable.
Naturally the laptop will operate using Google's Chrome software and it will reportedly have a decent 12.85-inch touchscreen display as part of its make-up, which suggests Google may be targeting rivals such as Apple, Nokia and Microsoft.
Chromebooks have become noted for their low pricing policy, for example, the Acer C7 (1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847, 2 GB DDR3, 320 GB HDD) can be purchased for as little as $199. It is likely that the new Google machine will have much higher specifications and will target Windows 8 machines rather than being just another Chromebook.