High street retailer John Lewis currently has the best deal for the newly announced Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01, which is based on ARM technology rather than Intel’s. At £229 with a two year guarantee and free delivery, it is surprisingly affordable for a high-tech device.
The Chromebook looks a lot like the Apple MacBook Air and is the first device to come with a Cortex-A15 dual-core system-on-chip, the Samsung Exynos 5250, which is clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with a Mali-T604 GPU.
There’s also 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, a card slot, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 display, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Google Chrome OS, up to 10 hours of battery life but no Bluetooth and no Ethernet port.
The unique selling point of the device remains the brand new Chrome OS, which allows users to save content to the cloud (on Cloud Drive) and access web apps. In effect, it is a computer based on Chrome, the browser. Hence the name.
It is very likely that Chrome OS and Android will merge next year to form Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, less than three years after the idea was mooted by none other than Sergei Brin, Google co-founder, and more than three years after we suggested the same.