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Chrome OS notebooks ready for mass production

Top computer manufacturers could be releasing Chrome OS-equipped netbooks later this year.

When Google first announced the CR-48 notebook for public testing of Chrome OS last year, everyone was wondering when commercially available laptops sporting the new operating system will see release. Now that Google has reportedly exhausted its supply of CR-48 notebooks Digitimes is reporting that we should be seeing Chrome OS notebooks as soon as Q2 2011.

Major manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Sony and Samsung are expected to be the first vendors of Chrome OS-equipped notebooks, and may even show their first offerings at Computex Taipei 2011 later this year. Additional companies such as HP and Dell are reportedly still considering their own Chrome OS notebooks. Prices can start as low as $300 in order to “separate them from the tablet PC market,” claims Digitimes sources.

The news of a Sony notebook based on Chrome OS supports the previous rumors of an 11.6-inch Tegra 2 VAIO netbook. This could indicate similar sized netbooks from other companies as these low cost, energy efficient notebooks would be best suited as tablet alternatives. Expect more news regarding Chrome OS as we approach mid 2011 and the Computex Taipei Show this June.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-31 (Update: 2012-05-26)