Chrome OS-powered netbook could debut this week

The first retail netbook based on Google's Chrome OS operating system could see the light of day very soon. In fact, according to PCMag, Samsung may unveil the system at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday evening. The event is being teased as a "night of firsts" and will take place right after the Google I/O developer conference ends.

As PCMag points out, we're definitely due for some Chrome OS netbook introductions before too long, anyway. Google has publicly quoted a mid-2011 release time frame for them.

The site expects Samsung's first Chrome OS machine to have a 1280x800 display, an Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, a Samsung solid-state drive (shocking, I know), and mobile broadband connectivity courtesy of Verizon. No word yet on whether the laptop will be anything like the Cr-48 development system Google unveiled last December, though I hope so—that little netbook looks quite dashing, blending elements of traditional netbooks with clearly Apple-inspired design cues.

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