Google is trying hard to get people to use its new age computer system, the Chromebook. But since the technology and the product as well, seem to be ahead of their time, there is not a lot of attention that the products are able to gain. Only geeks (myself included) are interested in stuffs such as a browser for an operating system and cloud storage for a hard drive. The broadband internet is not of very high speed in all parts of the world, which just does not let users entertain the concept of cloud storage.
Google and Samsung did try something with the Samsung Chromebook 550, which was released back in May. The Chromebook 550 had a price tag of $449.99 on it, which did not really let potential users even think about it. But now, there is a new model on the market which is for sure going to get some heat.
The new Samsung Chromebook, as Google calls it, is going on sale for as little as $249.99, just a bit over half of the first generation Chromebook. The product is not completely out in the market, but you can pre order yours to get it delivered in the next week. So what does this cheaper Chromebook offer?
Well, the companies have not only compromised on the price of the Chromebook, but on the specs of the product. The first generation version, the Chromebook 550, run no an Intel second generation Core i processor, a Sandy Bridge processor. But now, the new version, runs on a Samsung Exynos 5 processor, which is a dual core processor on the basis of ARM’s Cortex A15 design, and it runs at a frequency of 1.7 GHz.
Along with this, the Chromebook is coming with 2 GB of RAM for faster performance and 16 GB of solid state hard drive. If you think that is not enough, you get free online storage of 100 GB on Google Drive. On the connectivity front, the new Samsung Chromebook has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity, and HDMI out. The Chromebook is said to boot in less than 10 seconds with battery backup of up to 6.5 hours.
Tech Report says, “Newegg, Amazon, and Best Buy are supposed to be taking pre-orders for the machine as we speak, with availability scheduled for next week. Google says you’ll also be able to buy the Samsung Chromebook from its Google Play store and in person at “over 500” Best Buy stores across the United States.”
Source: Tech Report