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Chrome-powered laptops set to arrive in June

Google's much delayed Chrome operating system will start appearing on notebooks later this year according to a report.

Taiwanese tech tattler Digitimes reckons a long list of box builders, including Acer, Sony and Samsung, are putting the finishing touches to portable PCs powered by Google's open source operating system, which was first announced in July 2009.

The Internet-centric OS was originally aimed at low-powered netbooks but seems to have taken a bit of a back seat since teeny laptops fell out of favour, with the all-conquering iPad and its ilk taking up the mantle of the next big thing.

Google originally announced that the OS would be appearing on notebooks in the first half of 2011 but mass shipments are now being delayed until the second half of the year.

HP and Dell are also thought to be mulling over using Chrome in 10 and 12-inch models possibly using Nvidia Tegra 2 processors.

We are expecting to see a rash of cheap and cheerful notebooks tipping up at this year's Computex tech-fest in Taiwan and we'll report back then.

In the meantime we've asked Asus, Sony and Samsung to spill the beans, but we're not holding our collective breath.