Google Unveils CR-48 Chrome-OS based Netbook

Google has announced the arrival soon of its first Chrome OS netbooks as from mid-2011 from the likes of Acer and Samsung (but curiously enough no HP or Dell mentioned).

The search giant has also rolled out a new Chrome OS "pilot program" which will offer a free Chrome OS based netbook, known as the CR-48 to selected users.

Users can submit a video at youtube.com/googlechrome to say why they should receive one while others can apply for the scheme at google.com/chromenotebook.

Disappointingly, while Apple seems to move away from Intel, it seems that Google is Intel's new best buddy. After the Google TV, the white-labelled CR-48 is based on an unidentified Intel Atom processor, a 12.1-inch screen (with an unknown resolution), a full keyboard, a touchpad, webcam, built-in 3G and Wi-Fi and a SSD drive of unknown capacity.

Google has also removed the caps-lock and function keys something that might cross a few of its users (starting with the journalists themselves).

The laptop, which is available in black only, still contains a few bugs as revealed by Google's vice president of product Management, Sundar Pichai. More about the CR-48 netbook here.