Folks at TechRadar have dug out some interesting details regarding the launch and price of the much anticipated Google Chrome OS netbooks. In a recent conversation, Eric Schmidt has revealed that the Chrome OS netbook could make it to the market by the beginning of 2011.
He has also revealed that the tentative price for the device could be around $300-$400. Explaining the low cost, Schmidt says,
“Those prices are completely determined, by the way, by the costs of the glass, the costs of the processor and things like that, but in our case Chrome OS and Android are free so there is no software tax associated with all of this”
Ok, so there is enough time before we need to get excited about all this.
Looks like an open sourced OS alone may not make Google Chrome OS based netbooks cheap and affordable like the MS Windows counterparts. Folks at Netbook Choice write that the netbook being envisioned by the Big G is expected to come with a lot of high end features including high resolution displays, 64GB SSD, integrated 3G modem etc. that purchasing a Windows netbook may work out to be cheaper.
While paying for a higher end device is a no-brainer, it needs to be noted that the platform does not support many ubiquitous software including Microsoft Office which means that you may be buying a higher end device that can actually do lesser.
However, support for software as this is expected to roll out as Chrome OS proliferates which will nevertheless take some time.
Samsung could be launching a 10.1 inch netbook running on Google’sChrome OS later this year. Hints about this was given by Samsung Australia’s Phil Newton to the local Channel News.
According to these rumors, the Samsung netbook will have a 10.1″ display, run a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor and come with 2GB RAM and 64GB flash storage. Other features like 3G, Wi-Fi are also likely.
Phil Newton also commented that the new netbook will be similar to the new Samsung N210.
Till late last year, the tablet was just a concept – a futuristic device that had been in the making for more than a decade. But in just a span of few months, things have changed. Not only did Apple demo the iPad, but there are also rumors that Google is now looking to launch their own tablet device.
Last week we had written about the likelihood of the Chrome OS supporting touch based technology. Now there are more indications of the Chrome OS being used in an iPad-like Tablet.
Concept video and pictures posted on the Chromium developers website (The Chrome open source project) give us an indication of what the Google tablet could look like. Check it out below
TechCrunch offers more insights about the device. According to their sources, there is more than one Chrome OS based tablet in the making. However, like with the Nexus One, only one of the tablet will be officially declared a Google Tablet while the rest will run on the Chrome OS and be branded with the respective manufacturers’ logo.
With a lot of these devices expected to be out by the end of the year, do you see the laptop market in danger? What are your thoughts on this?
There have been rumors in the past about HTC working on a Google Chrome OS touch screen tablet. However the strongest indications of this came today when Google Senior Product Manger, Anders Sandholm fumbled for words as a question was directly put to him – ‘Does Chrome OS come with Touch screen support?’.
According to the folks at TechRadar, Sandholm couldn’t manage to answer it in a Yes or No. Instead he said
“I can’t… I mean… right now we are targeting netbooks, that’s what we’re focused on, but I expect it to work well… we expect it to target everything up to desktop computers.Chrome OS will be built for a specific hardware setup.”
While this is still not an explicit confirmation, it probably has given away Google’s plans for the Chrome OS. What would you say?