Google announced yesterday that it would release what it calls 'a new kind of computer' called the Chromebook, with the help of Samsung and Acer, its first committed partners.
Unsurprisingly, the first laptops look and feel like netbooks with a different operating system. Amazon US has already listed six of them, four from Samsung and two from Acer, either as Wi-Fi only or with 3G.
Since they are based on the Google CR48 developer laptop, they carry more or less the same hardware configuration. At the heart of one of them, the Acer Wi-Fi Chromebook is an Intel Atom N570 processor, which runs at 1.66GHz, comes with two cores and 1MB L2 cache.
There's also 2GB DDR3 memory, 16GB SSD, a HD webcam, an 11.6-inch LED-Backlit LCD with a 1366x768 resolution (ed : the webcam aspect ratio doesn't match that of the screen which is disappointing), HD audio, Wi-Fi, HDMI, two USBs, SD card reader, a six-cell battery with a battery life of up to eight hours, all weighing around 1.4Kg.
The Samsung models have a slightly different configuration: VGA rather than HDMI, bigger screen, lower screen and webcam resolution, heavier and more expensive, which means that, at least for now, Acer has the upper hand.