Google Chromebook Price Starts At $249, Comes With Exynos 5 Dual CPU


25.10.2012

Google Chromebook Price Starts At $249, Comes With Exynos 5 Dual CPU

The first Google Chromebook, the netbook running on the company’s Chrome OS, was launched more than two years ago, but its relevance on the market was almost zero for most of the users, as the laptop was only available in The United States and Great Britain. Even though the new Google Chromebook announced by the search engine giant doesn’t fixes the availability issues, has suddenly became interesting for other reasons.

The previous models, manufactured by Samsung and Acer, were underpinned by x86 processors, but the new model, developed by the South Korea-based company, makes the jump to ARM architecture, offering a major drop in price and sizes. The third generation of the Chromebook portables sports an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, it is 20 mm thick and weighs in only 1.1 kg, while the price dropped from $499 to only $249.

Similar to the Samsung portables belonging to the Series 5 line-up, the new Google Chromebook hides under its case the first implementation of the fifth generation of the Exynos processors developed by the South Korea-based company. The Exynos 5 Dual model used for Google Chromebook is based on two ARM Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz plus an ARM Mali T604 GPU. Since the processing unit has reduced energy consumption, therefore Samsung used a system that only uses passive cooling. Another advantage over the previous models is the support for 1080p hardware decoding, courtesy of the powerful GPU used by the Exynos 5 Dual chipset.

As you probably expected, the rest of technical specifications are modest, but on par with what other netbooks offer: 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, front-facing VGA camera, HDMI out, card reader, WiFi dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, two USB ports (one of them using 3.0 standard). The battery life announced by the manufacturer is 6.5 hours.

The Google Chromebook is already available on the search engine giant’s dedicated page, but since the regions where the laptop is available are unchanged your only chance to buy the portable is to visit the stores in Great Britain or US. Because Google Chromebook is running on an operating system that requires an internet connection, the customers can also choose the 3G model, but they will have to pay $329 for it.

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