Samsung Series 3 ARM-based Chromebook goes on preorder for £218

Samsung and Google have launched the third generation of the Chromebook, called the Series 3 XE303C12 and it is already on pre-order at PC World from £218 (use CUR5 at checkout to get that price).

The Chromebook, which is powered by Google’s Chrome OS, runs on the Samsung Exynos 5250 system-on-chip, a dual-core Cortex-A15 model, possibly clocked at around 1.7GHz and featuring a quad-core ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

It comes with 2GB of RAM, has 16GB onboard storage with a SD card slot and 100GB cloud based storage (courtesy of Google’s Drive for two years), one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixels display, a HDMI port, a webcam and a 2-cell battery which can power the Chromebook for up to 6.5 hours.

The laptop can book under 10 seconds, is around 20mm thick and weighs just over 1.1Kg, specs that remind us of an Intel Ultrabook. Chromebooks have been criticised in the past for being too dependent on cloud computing and too expensive.

The launch of this new Chromebook marks the informal start of 10 long days for tech which will see the launch of new Apple products on 23, Windows 8 on 26 as well as Windows Phone 8 and Google Nexus phone on the 29.