As the tech world is busy talking about the next Nexus device, Samsung and Google partnership has realized a new ARM-based Chromebook. The notebook with Google Chrome OS is hoped to raise stiff challenge to Apple’s new MacBook Air and the new line of Intel Ultrabooks in various aspects. It has been highly appreciated that the new Samsung Google Chromebook is to hit stores for an extremely reasonable price of $249 and it is up for pre-order at the moment.
The new Chromebook shows off the same 11.6-inch1366 x 768 display of the small MacBook Air. This factor will put the machines in intense fight at the fray. As well, its stunningly lower price will make the new Chromebook lift critical threat to the new row of Ultrabooks that are always blamed for their big prices. Remember, the previous Samsung Series 5 550 costs around $500 and the new Ultrabooks are averagely priced at $1,000.
Samsung Chromebook; Tech Specs
Well, as noted above, the new Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch display. The notebook is slimmer at 0.8 inches and lighter at 1.1kg and so it is going to be one of the frivolous devices we can find in stores. Beneath the cover, the Chrome OS-based notebook is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 dual core chip, which is based on an ARM processor.
The new Chromebook features nice battery backup. You can run it for up to 6.5 hours on single recharge. Being an internet-reliant computer, Google offers 100GB Google Drive storage option, plus SSD, however. For web connectivity, the machine comes with built-in dual band Wi-Fi and you will find a VGA camera for making video calls. Further, there are one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI port and Bluetooth 3.0 on the notebook with Chrome OS.
Samsung Chromebook; Major Features
Feel lighter, stay cooler: Google highlights the thin and lightweight aspect of its new Chromebook as major peculiarity. The notebook even challenges MacBook Air and other leading Ultrabooks when it comes to weight and size. “At just 2.5 pounds, 0.8 inches thin, and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, the Chromebook can go anywhere you go. It’s built to stay cool, so it doesn’t need a fan and runs silently (no humming, unless you’re playing music,” says Google.
Best of Chrome OS: The previous versions of Chromebooks have not made much impact in PC market. Imperfection of the firmware is one of reasons for the failure. This time, Google claims that the OS will be much more perfect than the previous version.
Expanded Wi-Fi: Well, the new Chromebook features dual Wi-Fi to make it easily connect to wireless networks for high speed internet, which is a necessary for the notebook since it works on internet.
What people say?
“It is the best computer that’s ever been designed at this price point,” says Sundar Pichai, senior VP in charge of Chrome and Google Apps, “We’re calling it the new Samsung Chromebook,” he adds.
“The new and affordable Samsung Chromebook, which replaces the Series 5 model, may also threaten the prosperity of the Intel-based line of Ultrabook PCs, which have been criticized for their high price-points,” says TechRadar.
So as to furnish more popularity for its Chromebook line, Google is to boost up marketing efforts. Google was selling the first generation Chromebooks only via web. The second-gen model, which hit stores in May 2012, was available in 100 Best Buy stores in leading markets.
According to Pichai, the new Chromebook will be available in 500 Best Buy stores and many other stores. Staff will be given special training to introduce the new device to customers. “We are going to take more of an active presence in the market,” he said. “We believe we have a device for the mainstream. You’ll also see us run a marketing campaign like we’ve done with Chrome.”