The units will be built on Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) Atom processors, some of which will be dual-core CPUs, and will run on Google’s Chrome OS — an extension of the company’s Chrome browser.
Pricing will be up to the manufacturers. However, the Samsung Chromebooks will retail in a range around $400 to $500, while the Acer devices will start at about $349, a Google spokesperson said in an email to InternetNews.com.
One of the big selling points that Google officials touted is the units’ solid-state drive (SSD) memory, and automatic Web connections, which enable them to boot in less than 10 seconds, with the user’s data stored on the Web.
“With a Chromebook, you won’t wait minutes for your computer to boot and your browser to start … Your apps, games, photos, music, movies, and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won’t need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files,” a post to the Google Chrome Blog said.
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