Google, Samsung Introduce Faster Chromebook and New Chromebox Systems
The new Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is a 12.1-inch laptop with a 1280x800 resolution. It boasts an Intel dual-core Celeron 867 processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 16GB SSD, Intel HD graphics, built-in 4W stereo speakers, GbE LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort video output, 4-in-1 memory card reader, 1MP webcam, mic/headphone jacks, and up to 6 hours of battery life. There are two versions available, one with 3G connectivity ($550) and one without ($450).
Perhaps a bit more intriguing is Samsung's new Series 3 Chromebox. This qualifies as the first Chrome OS desktop, so to speak, and will go up against Apple's Mac Mini and other small form factor PCs. It's equipped with an Intel dual-core Celeron B840 processor running at 1.9GHz, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, 16GB SSD, 2W mono speaker, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GbE LAN, six USB 2.0 ports (four on the front, two on the rear), a pair of DisplayPort video outputs, DVI output, and a microphone/headphone jack. The Chromebox is supposedly capable of driving up to two 30-inch monitors and is HD compatible. It's available now for $330.