Amazon has put the first two Chromebooks in the UK on preorder; the Samsung Series 5 models both in 3G and Wi-Fi only have gone on sale for £349 and £399 respectively with release dates scheduled for the 1st of August and the 1st of July respectively.
The first generation Chromebooks are based on an Intel Atom platform, the N570, which has two cores and runs at 1.66GHz and packs 1MB L2 cache.
There's also 2GB onboard memory, a 16GB SSD from Sandisk, two USB ports, a 12.1-inch 1280x800 pixel LED backlit display, VGA and two USB ports, a card reader, a one-megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi and a six-cell battery for more than eight hours of use.
There are a few differences between a Chrome OS and a Chromium notebook apart from the software. Chromebooks like the Samsung Series 5 have a specially designed keyboard with dedicated Chrome keys and feature instant on technology, which means that they boot in less than 10 seconds and resume instantly from sleep much like a smartphone.
They also have a built-in encryption chip that makes it significantly harder for hackers to break into the operating system.
However, at just under £400 for the 3G version, some might legitimately ask whether Samsung and Google have not priced themselves far too high given that a netbook with similar configuration can be had for a third less.