Chrome OS onslaught to start in second half of 2011

A veritable army of Chrome OS laptops is on its way, according to DigiTimes, but it might not get here until July or later. The site has gotten word from tipsters at notebook makers that Acer, Asus, Sony, and Samsung will all kick off mass shipments of Chrome OS machines in the second half of the year.

Their Chrome OS laptops will reportedly feature either Intel or Nvidia processors, display sizes in the 10-12" range, and Chrome OS either by itself or offered as part of a dual-boot package (presumably with Windows). DigiTimes expects prices south of $300 for the Acer and Asus systems—a sensible prediction considering Windows 7 netbooks already reside in that price range, and Android 3.0 slates will likely present stiff competition against any netbook that dares venture closer to $400, even if it ships with both Chrome OS and Windows.

DigiTimes has some details about a Chrome OS netbook by Sony, too. That machine which will purportedly feature an 11.6" display, an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip, and battery life "above eight hours."

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