The first netbook from Google using Chrome OS goes on sale from June 15th of 2011.
Built by Samsung, the ChromeBook series 5, comes with built-in 3g and will be available on Verizon network for $499.
For all Chrome ethusiasts who showed interest in the earlier prototype, Google has arranged a special invitation only sale that begins today VIA premier shopping site - GILT and it includes a special edition sleeve from Rickshaw
The device comes with rather humble specs and thankfully Google doesn't claim it to be a super netbook unlike their super phone Nexus One.
• 12.1" (1280x800) Display
• 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
• Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
• Intel Dual-Core Processor
• Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G**
• HD Webcam
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• 4-in-1 memory card slot
• Mini-VGA port
• Fullsize Chrome keyboard
• Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad
Chromebook Series 5 3G models include up to 100MB per month of Mobile Broadband service included with device for 2 years, provided by Verizon.
Also available are an unlimited day pass for just $9.99 and pay-as-you-go rates that don't require any long-term contracts.
What needs to be seen is, whether there are any worthwhile advantages a Chrome OS netbook can have when compared to Android devices of similar form factor.
Will Chrome OS and Android OS co exist ?
Android had such a great year that it finding itself in devices much bigger than what must have been orginally intended.
Combined with Android app ecosystem, an android based netbook is more appealing than a Chrome book , well that's if at all some one needs a netbook now!
It's like the pool drained away just as you dived!
As Google is still going ahead with Chrome OS, there should be reasons, maybe reasons not comprehensible to the avg man.