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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.