Google and Samsung Unveil New Line of Chrome OS-Based PCs

Google and Allies Reveal New Chromebook and Chromebox Systems

by Anton Shilov
05/29/2012 | 10:20 PM

Google and Samsung Electronics on Tuesday introduced two new personal computers running Google Chrome operating system. The new PCs promise new Intel Celeron "Sandy Bridge" hardware, a major software update and many more robust applications. Still, with inexpensive hardware, it is hard to expect that Chrome PCs will somehow change the computing industry.

 

“This next-generation hardware from Samsung based on Intel processors and hardware-accelerated software delivers nearly three times the performance of the first-generation Chromebooks. With a new, app-centric user interface rolling out today and thousands of available web apps, we couldn’t be more excited about this evolution,” said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google.

The Samsung series 5 Chromebook is based on Intel Celeron 867 dual-core (1.30GHz) processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 accelerator and sports 16GB SSD and 4GB of DDR3 memory. The Samsung series 3 Chromebox is powered by Intel Celeron B830 dual-core processor with HD Graphics 3000 media accelerator, features a 16GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Both the Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox feature Samsung’s renowned, sleek design identity.

With the Chrome operating system, users can get online in seconds, load web pages with incredible speed and access all of your favorite apps in one click through the app launcher. Security features are built-in and updated to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses, reducing the need for users to install anti-virus software. Built-in cloud storage enables both Chromebook and Chromebox users to access their files securely from anywhere, and sync technology backs up all of your preferences, bookmarks and apps, so you can easily access them from a Chrome browser on another device.

The core of each Chrome PC is the Google Chrome web browser. Google hopes that end-users will make use of various Internet-based applications than traditional programs. Chrome OS employs the principle of "defense in depth" to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption and verified boot. The web does have a lot of various applications, however, their capabilities, performance and quality are much lower compared to traditional programs. Google hopes that with HTML5 and other open standards, web applications "will soon be able to do anything traditional applications can do, and more". This, however, is unlikely to happen since traditional programs are not standing still. Moreover, it is rather hard to expect Chrome PCs to be as capable as a fully-fledged desktop or notebook computers.

The Samsung series 5 Chromebook and the Samsung series 3 Chromebox will be available beginning May 30th. The series 5 Chromebook Wi-Fi model will retail at $449.99 while the 3G model will retail at $549.99. The Series 3 Chromebox Wi-Fi model will retail at $329.99.