Some rightly said that “cloud is the future”, and we can agree to this by looking at Google’s new kind of Computer – Chromebooks. These Chromebooks will be available from Samsung and Acer. What makes them stand out is some of their features, like 10 second booting time and 8.5 Hours running time on a single charge, this means you won’t need to use a power adapter for a full day, and do your work or surf the internet, uninterrupted.
Your data will be stored on the Cloud and not in the hard drive. Computing can be done from Chrome web browser and its different apps. One can even expect to run some HTML5 apps to run, even in offline mode and when not connected to internet. The 10 second, fast booting time means one can get online on the web as quickly as possible. Now no more slow booting time, plus it also loads instantly from sleep. At the core of each Chromebook is the Chrome web browser. There are already millions of apps out there for chrome and this browser is used by 160 million users. Just turn on this, and it will update automatically all the apps and operating system, that means no more annoying update prompts. But for this, of course, one needs to be connected to the internet.
Technical Specifications of Google Chromebook:
Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core N570 processor
Display: 12.1-inch LED-backlit display
Storage: 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD)
System Memory: 2 GB
Communications: Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), integrated 3G (optional)
Ports: Two USB 2.0, 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Video out: VGA (via optional dongle)
Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
Battery: 6-cell battery for up to 8.5 hours of use
(These specifications are for Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook and can be changed over time, and may vary for different models)
Take a look at the introduction video
These Chromebooks will be available from June 15 in U.S., U.K., France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain. In U.S., it can be bought from Amazon and Best Buy. Currently, price of Chromebook is expected to be $349 and $499, but its hard to tell until they are out. By looking at the price, it can be said that its pricey compared to Netbooks. Google also announced Business and Education edition. Monthly subscription will be available from $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools.
However, when technology has plus points, it has some minus points too.
- Will your data remain safe on the cloud, will this cloud based OS, work without any hassles ?
- What about data loss and security issues, is cloud storage reliable ?
- What if the internet gets disconnected and one needs to access the data urgently ?
- What about running Windows applications ?
There are some questions like this and only review of Google Chromebook can shed us more details on these questions.
So, what do you think about this cloud based laptop, would you be interested in buying Google Chromebook ?
Take a look at the official announcement on Google Blog.