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BLOG: Google's new Chrome OS 'Chromebooks'

JR Raphael | May 11, 2011
After announcing two new versions of Android and new music and movie services on Tuesday, today Google turned its attention to its other mobile operating system -- you know, that little thing called Chrome OS.

Samsung's Chrome OS device will cost $429 for a Wi-Fi-only edition, or $499 for a 3G-ready model. In the U.S., it'll be sold through Best Buy and Amazon.

Chrome OS Notebook #2: The Acer Chromebook

Google Chrome OS Acer Chromebook

Acer's Chromebook is smaller than its Samsung sibling, with an 11.6-inch LED-backlit LCD display. It also weighs less, coming in at just 2.95 pounds.

The Acer Chromebook uses the same Intel Atom dual-core processor as the Samsung model. Its battery life comes in at 6 hours. The notebook has two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 memory card slot, an HDMI out-port, and a full-size Chrome keyboard. It also has an HP-made Webcam and noise-cancelling microphone.

Acer's Chrome OS computer will sell for "$349 and up," according to Google. Both Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available, though the exact pricing breakdown has yet to be announced. The Acer Chromebook will be sold through Best Buy and Amazon in the U.S.

Google Chromebooks: The Rental Arrangement

Remember those rumors about Chrome OS notebooks that you'd rent? Here's where that comes into play: Google is offering up Chromebooks for businesses and schools under a special month-to-month pricing arrangement. Organizations can opt to pay monthly per-user fees that will include hardware, software, full support, warranty and replacements, and ongoing hardware upgrades as new Chromebooks become available. Businesses and schools can also get "Chromeboxes" that make it easy for administrators to add and remove users, remotely manage apps, and set policies for the entire base of users.

For businesses, Google will charge $28 per user per month for the whole package. For schools, the rate will be $20 per user per month.

Google Chromebooks: More Info

Want more info on Chromebooks for businesses and schools? Click over to Google's new Chromebooks Business and Education page.

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For more details on the regular Chromebooks for consumers -- and also to sign up to be notified when the systems are available -- head over to Google's official Chromebook website.


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