Chrome OS Netbook Specs Leak: 64GB SSD, 10.1" Display, 3G

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 28 2009 7:55 PM
Google threw a wrench in everyone's expectations when it announced thatthe Chrome OS wouldn't be widely available to install on just anymachine. Unlike Windows 7, which can be installed on pretty much anyx86-based machine, Chrome OS will be customized for a specific set ofhardware components that Google deems fit. It's an interestingapproach, but like Apple, it appears that Google wishes to have somecontrol over the hardware that its operating system runs on.

Google has informed us that a number of netbooks will be ChromeOS-approved, so to speak, but up until now we have had no informationas to what specs would be built into Chrome OS netbooks. A leak over atIBTimes has stated that the Chrome OS netbook will be reasonably pricedand well suited for basic use; in fact, it looks to be as powerful (ifnot more powerful) than some of the lower-end netbooks on the markettoday.

Here's what we have so far. It will sport a 10.1" display with a1280x720 resolution, a 64GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, NVIDIA's Tegra GPU, integrated 3G,Ethernet, USB ports, a webcam, and a multi-format card reader. The onlystandout inclusion here in our minds is the SSD; if Google really planson keeping most of the apps in the cloud, why is there such a need fora spacious internal storage device? Early netbooks shipped with 4GBSSDs, even with Windows, but with Chrome OS it seems that 4GB or 8GBwould be plenty, particularly on a cheaper version.



Rumors have it that the netbook(s) will ship around this time next yearfor between $200 and $300, which sounds awfully ambitious given thespecs (and again, that expensive SSD). We're also told that it will besold directly to consumers by Google itself, though we'd expect it toalso be sold by whatever US carriers will support it. If all thisproves true, it will obviously shake up the netbook market in a big,big way, and we bet Microsoft is watching intently as things develop.
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Super Dave replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 10:25 PM

Perhaps Google wants to ensure their New Baby is installed on SSD's (with their lightning-fast transfer rates) to make them look GOOD! Gotta have it boot really fast, right?Big Smile Too bad the bottleneck in current netbooks is the slow single-core ATOM processor with Intel graphics, not the hard drive.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Dec 29 2009 8:55 AM

This one is supposedly going to run on NVIDIA Tegra. Hopefully we can sneak peek it at CES this year!

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Dec 29 2009 9:10 AM

Dave_HH:

This one is supposedly going to run on NVIDIA Tegra. Hopefully we can sneak peek it at CES this year!

 

That would be at least one interesting thing @ CES then. Seems like everything is going to be software or 3D TV related to me.

 

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 29 2009 9:30 AM

I like the price and might even buy it if it gets good reviews.

I don't know much about the Tegra CPU though.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Dec 31 2009 10:08 AM

>> Chrome OS will be customized for a specific set of hardware components

Translation: In order to make it small and fast, we're not going to include every Linux kernel module/driver under the sun. So throw away your IBM PS/2 already and buy a system that doesn't use MCA.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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