Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Refreshes Series 5 Chromebooks in Time for CES
LAS VEGASSamsung's Series 5 Chromebooks marked a bold new step in personal cloud computing when they made their debut last summer, buoyed by a positive showing at Google's I/O conference in May. Despite Samsung's efforts to market the devices at airlines and in kiosks at its stores, the notebook with the lightweight Google Chrome Operating System failed to move a lot of units. Samsung would discount its Chromebook price to $299 in November. Yet Samsung clearly cottons to the notion of the cloud, which is what Chrome OS and its emphasis on running Web applications in lieu of local software is all about. The company showed off two new Chrome-based machines here at the 2012 Consumer Electronics show: a new Chromebook model and a Chromebox Desktop PC. Availability is expected for second half of 2012, and Samsung will reveal prices at a later date.