Samsung announces Chromebook
Last week, Samsung introduced the new Samsung Chromebook based on the Google Chrome operating system. In a press release, Samsung listed the primary features of the 11.6-inch notebook as its “compact, sleek design”, “performance without compromises”, and the “simple, secure and ever-improving user experience”. Caesar Sengupta, Director of Product Management for Google’s Chrome OS, stated that “computers need to be easy to use and more affordable so everyone can have access to them. So together with Samsung, we’re excited to introduce the new Chromebook for $249, the computer for everyone.”
The Chromebook features a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2 GB system RAM, a 16 GB SSD, and a display resolution of 1366x768. This combination allows the device to be both lightweight (less than 2.5 pounds), less than one inch thick, and provide a battery runtime of up to 6.3 hours. The SSD allows the device to be quick and responsive, allowing for wake-from-sleep in one second and boot times of less than 10 seconds. The Chromebook includes built-in cloud storage via Google Drive. The device also features connectivity one might expect from a full-fledged notebook – a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, and 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The Chromebook is available now at Best Buy, Amazon, Staples, TigerDirect, and Newegg for $249.