Samsung Offers New $449 ChromeBook, $329 ChromeBox
May 30, 2012 11:18 AM
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New models will soon receive Google's dramatic Aura OS overhaul
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
) today announced a trio of products sporting Google Inc.'s (
) Chrome OS, a browser-centric Linux distribution. Thus far the Chrome sales experiment has been less than great for Samsung and Taiwan's Acer Inc. (
), the pair of early adopters. Sales of Acer and Samsung models which
launched in May 2011
are in the thousands of units.
But with a much improved
Windows 8-like "Aura" update
has polished some of Chrome OS's rough edges and Samsung is hoping that, coupled with new hardware will finally attract customers.
The South Korean computer-maker announced a trio of new Chrome products today, following the
company's CES 2012 teaser
in January. The new lineup features two ChromeBook variants (laptops) and the first mass-released ChromeBox:
Series 5 ChromeBook 550
[Image Source: Samsung]
$449 (Wi-Fi only); $549 (Wi-Fi + 3G) (up from $429/$499)
12.1 inches (unchanged)
1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Corp. (INTC)
Celeron 867 (improved from a 1.66 GHz dual-core Atom)
4 GB (up from 2 GB)
16 GB SSD (unchanged)
3.3 lb (unchanged)
< 1 in. (25.4 mm)
USB x2; HDMI (upgraded from Mini-VGA); ethernet; 4-in-1 memory card slot, 1 MP webcam, headphones/microphone jack
6 Hours (down from 8.5 hr)
[Image Source: Samsung]
1.9 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840 (
16 GB SSD
USB x6; HDMI (upgraded from Mini-VGA); ethernet; 2 x DP+++ (DVI+HDMI), 1 MP webcam, headphones/microphone jack
7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3-inches
Both laptops feature integrated graphics. While the price point on the ChromeBox is pretty attractive, Samsung's approach with the ChromeBook laptop is a bit baffling. The company took a poor-selling model, raised the price and offered a mixed bag of improvements and performance cuts. While the display output, RAM, CPU were all improved, the battery capacity was cut.
Aura is currently in Google's developer channel. The Samsung press release did not mention the OS version, but these models are expected to soon receive the upgrade.
The Chrome OS Samsung 'boxes and 'books are available from Amazon.com, Inc. (
), Best Buy Inc. (
), Tiger Electronics, Newegg, and BHPhoto.com.
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5/30/2012 11:59:06 AM
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