Google unveils two new Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer, both of which will be available online June 15 from Amazon.com and Best Buy in the United States.
took another step forward in delivering on its vision for delivering cloud computers,
notebooks based on its Chrome operating system from Samsung
and Acer here at Google I/O May 11.
The Samsung Series 5
will be available in the United States and in the U.K., France, Germany,
Netherlands, Italy and Spain. The Series 5 is priced at $429 for the WiFi-only
model and $499 for a computer with a 3G radio. Acer's WiFi-only Chromebook will
start at $349 and will be sold in the same markets.
Both Samsung and Acer's
units will be available June 15 online in the United States through Amazon.com and Best
Buy's online store. Google listed the Samsung
"We've chosen to
focus initially on notebooks because that is where most of the Web usage is
today," Sundar Pichai said during his keynote here, adding that those who boot up
the device will be online within 8 seconds.
Indeed, Chrome OS is a lightweight,
Web-based operating system, which includes no BIOS startup process to
pare boot time to seconds instead of the minutes Microsoft Windows
usually require. Chrome OS users may open or download Web applications,
Gmail, Angry Birds or Google Docs, and begin using them within seconds
Pichai, Google's senior
vice president of Chrome product management, promised
last December that Google and its partners would deliver Chrome OS notebooks in
the second half of 2011. To whet users' appetities, Google shipped thousands of
Chrome OS-based Cr-48 notebooks for users to test.
Pichai delivered on his
promise, noting that the devices lack internal storage, meaning all Web
applications accessible on the device reside in Google's cloud of servers.
Pichai said the Chromebooks
will last a day of use on a single charge and will enable users to connect
from wherever they are via 3G networks. The machines are rendered secure via Google's special sandboxing security practice.
Google is also making it
easy for businesses and schools to adopt the Chromebooks with a subscription
model, which could be a key market driver if the consumer segment fails to
embrace the new model and machines.
Chromebooks for Business
and Education include Samsung and Acer machines, as well as a cloud management
console to provision and then manage user access devices, applications and
policies. Google is also offering enterprise support, device warranties and
replacements and hardware refreshes.
Google will charge $28 per
user, per month for the business edition and $20 per user, per month for the
education edition. A three-year subscription is required.
Finally, Pichai said Samsung
has also built a Chromebox, a thin desktop that can be used for the
business subscription model.