Google, a leading provider of Internet-based services, reportedly wants to introduce its own smartbook based on Chrome operating system (OS) in order to popularize its Web-based offerings even further. Even though Google plans to launch its smartbook or netbook in late 2010, specifications of the system(s) are already in.
The Google Chrome machine is projected to be based on Nvidia Tegra system-on-chip with ARM processing engine and GeForce graphics processing core (at this point it is unclear whether Google plans to integrate first-generation or second-generation Tegra chip), which will provide it rather rich multimedia capabilities and will be equipped with “HD Ready” 10.1” display with multi-touch support, 2GB of random access memory, 64GB solid-state drive (simplistic flash-based storage seems more likely), Wi-Fi, 3G, Ethernet, USB, web-cam, card reader, etc, reports IBTimes web-site.
At this point market rumours suggest that Google Chrome will be a netbook, however, considering ARM microprocessor, it should rather be called smartbook, if it comes in laptop form-factor, or even a tablet, considering multi-touch display.
It is reported that the device will cost less than $300 and will be sold by Google itself as well as by mobile network operators.
Google is not well-known for its own devices; however, market rumours have suggested that Google is preparing its own-brand cell phone for years now. Considering the fact that Google does not have sales channels to market netbooks/smartbooks and mobile phones outside the U.S., it is unlikely that its entrance onto the market will have any significant impact globally.