Kogan Unleashes "World's First" Chromium OS Laptop

As expected, Kogan has launched what it claims is the world's first laptop that's based on Google's Chromium open source operating system, which makes the product different from the real Chromebooks launched a few weeks ago by Samsung and Acer.

The laptop doesn't come with embedded 3G or a dedicated search button as its rivals do. It even has a Windows button which shows that the laptop was not originally designed to support Chrome OS natively. Sadly though, Kogan didn't go the ARM way which would have helped it save a few dollars.

Unlike current Chromebooks, the Kogan model comes with an Intel Celeron M ULV SU2300 processor clocked at 1.3GHz; this should allow it to comfortably outrun the competition although the 1GB RAM might be just a little too tight for comfort.

It also has a 30GB SATA SSD hard drive, a 11.6-inch WXGA LED Display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, three USB, LAN, VGA, HDMI and microphone ports plus a 4-cell 4600mAh battery that can deliver an autonomy of up to 3.5 hours.

At £269, the Chromium-based Agora costs the same as its Ubuntu-based cousin (which has a 250GB hard disk) and £20 less than the Pro version which has twice the RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive. Kogan's Chromium laptop is expected to be available from the 7th of June in the UK.

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