Samsung and Google just recently unveiled the next generation of the Chromebook laptop yesterday, and in all of the excitement and chaos, another version of that Chromebook surfaced with little to no attention. Apparently there is both an Amazon appearance and a stealth appearance in Samsung’s very own online store. It shows that the new model of the Chromebook is going to be capable of 3G cellular connectivity, with pre-orders starting at an affordable $330. It’s a bit more expensive than the other model, but is definitely going to be worth it. The 3G Chromebook will be including a two year data plan with Verizon. It will be offering up to a whole 100MB per month (pretty ridiculous, if I do say so myself). As you can imagine, 3G connectivity has always been a welcomed addition to laptops in general, but this is going to become especially handy with the cloud-based Chrome operating system. At least on the basis that Verizon will somehow offer more data than just the 100MBs per month.
Aside from the new 3G capabilities that this is going to have, the new Samsung Chromebook is exactly identical to its Wi-Fi counterpart. Users will be able to get a lot out of their 3G connection with the Chromebook’s 11.6 inch slim Macbook-Air-like form factor measuring 0.8 inches thick and coming in at 2.5 pounds. Honestly, I think one of the best features to this, is how portable it is. 0.8 inches thick and weighs in at 2.5 pounds. How much more “portable” can you get?
The Chromebook is going to be featuring Samsung’s Exynos 5250 ARM based processor as opposed to the previous Intel processor based Chromebooks. It will also be featuring 2GBs of RAM, a VGA webcam, an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, and one other USB 2.0 port. The Chromebook will also be seeing 16GBs of internal storage along with 100GBs of free Google Drive space for up to two years. Google has said that this Chromebook will be able to go from shutoff to its desktop in just 10 seconds or less thanks to the Chrome OS’s reliance on shortcuts to Google’s online applications rather than manually installed applications. You can instantly see how this will be a huge help to the speed of the boot up.
Google has also said that this new Chromebook will have a battery life of up to 6.5 off of one single charge. Those that are looking to grab this as an ultra-slim notebook, and for those that are really excited to get all of their computing software on the cloud, may also want to consider the non 3G model of the Chromebook. It is available for pre-order right now on Amazon, NewEgg and BestBuy for nearly $100 less than the 3G model at a attractive price of $250.
This is definitely going to make the Chromebook a hot seller, as I personally think the barrier between its popularity was the price it was at. We’ll just have to see how everything turns out once the Chromebook releases next week!