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Samsung Chromebooks On Preoder In UK From £350

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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 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.