Samsung, Google unwrap new Chrome OS laptop, nettop

Next-generation Chromebooks are here. Earlier today, Google and Samsung announced the new-and-improved Series 5 Chromebook, which features a revamped version of Chrome OS and purportedly three times the hardware horsepower of its predecessor.

The two companies have also unveiled the Series 3 Chromebox, a headless nettop with similar guts.

Samsung’s updated Series 5 Chromebook features a 12.1" 12800×800 display, a 1.3GHz Sandy Bridge-based Celeron, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and a six-hour battery. The machine weighs in at 3.3 lbs and will set you back $449.99—admittedly expensive by netbook standards, though the dual-core Celeron should pack a much stronger punch than the original Series 5’s Atom N455. Google says the updated Series 5 has a "built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad" and can boot in "less than seven seconds." If you’ve got an extra $100 burning a hole in your pocket, you can also get a version of the machine with 3G wireless.

Despite its different outward appearance, the Series 3 Chromebox has nearly identical specs to the Series 5. However, Samsung has equipped it with a slightly quicker processor, the 1.9GHz Celeron B840, and replaced the integrated 12.1" display with dual DisplayPort outputs that can each drive a 2560×1600 monitor. The Chromebox is cheaper, too, at only $329.99.

Both machines come pre-loaded with the latest version of Chrome OS, which sports a hardware-accelerated interface and, unlike prior revisions, proper window management. It looks an awful lot like Windows 7, though Google is still putting a strong emphasis on cloud-based software.

The new Series 5 and Series 3 should be available today. Folks who want to try before they buy will want to keep an eye on their local Best Buy store—Google says Chromebooks will be on display at "selected" Best Buy locations "in the coming weeks."

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    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    I can’t believe Google’s still got anyone pushing out more Chromebooks. They need to focus on Android and get away from side projects that take away from that.

    • puppetworx
    • 7 years ago

    Why are these so expensive with that weak hardware inside? I’d hate to experience their graphical performance.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    I simply don’t see the function in this device. The screen size and the device layout seems silly to me. The limited functionality of the chrome OS seems to be the largest limitor at that price point. No matter how you stack it this Laptop won’t be worth anything with that OS.

    • Goty
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]12.1" 12800x800 display[/quote<] Holy pixel density (and aspect ratio), Batman! 😉 *EDIT*: Ok, I'm slow.

      • danny e.
      • 7 years ago

      downvoted due failure to read other comments first.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        voted up for maliciousness 😀

    • Washer
    • 7 years ago

    My HP dm1 with a Core i3 2367M, 4GB, 500GB HD, 6+ hour laptop was $550 several months back.

    I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a Chromebook, 16GB of storage is useless and I don’t want my data in the cloud and especially don’t want to rely on it. This does nothing but make me wish you could buy laptops from the bigger OEMs without an OS. I don’t want Windows, just sell me the hardware please.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    Can I put WinXP on it? If so, this is a Brazos killer

      • Rand
      • 7 years ago

      Nope, no Windows, and no installing anything to local storage.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    ** COMPLETELY OT TAG ***

    Two models of the GTX 680 are actually in-stock at Newegg!

    In other news, Godzilla has just destroyed downtown Tokyo and the apocalypse has been confirmed.

    We now return you to your regular story.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Amazon has them in stock all the time. I’m not sure I’ll bother with Newegg anymore… Newegg also overcharges for everything when supply is low

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Actually, the two models in stock at Newegg are cheaper than any seller on Amazon, including Amazon itself, whether you are looking at the same exact model or just GTX 680’s in general. I also wouldn’t fully trust marketplace sellers whose only presence is Amazon to truly have it in stock and ready for immediate shipment.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          You know, I’ve actually been positively surprised by the marketplace sellers almost every time. Usually they ship faster than Amazon, prices are lower even with shipping etc. Besides, if things go bad, my American Express fraud protection has my back.

          These days I order almost all my CDs used from marketplace sellers – not only I promote the idea of recycling, I also get my stuff faster

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            cds..? what’s that? is it like a torrent file? :-{) i have a mustache!

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Shave it – you look creepy

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            A CD isn’t an item for which ‘supply is low’ and Newegg is not overcharging in this case so you’re wrong there, Amazon marketplace sellers are overcharging. In fact I’d bet a lot of the GTX 680s for sale on Amazon are people looking to flip items they bought from Newegg etc. There’s no way Bob’s Rinky Dink PC shop is getting supplies of GTX 680 while Newegg etc is not.

            tl;dr version: I just want you to write ‘I was wrong’ for once 🙂

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]tl;dr version: I just want you to write 'I was wrong' for once :)[/quote<] I was wrong when I thought Trinity would completely destroy IB in graphics. IB was much closer to Trinity than I ever thought possible...which is why I now predict that Haswell will beat whatever AMD APU is out at that time. I should have never "bet" against Intel, I guess. Oh, and I predicted that Krait will be a powerhungry, and it wasn't. I've had a bad couple of months..

    • AntiSp4wn
    • 7 years ago

    Old chromebook had an N570.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]12.1" 12800x800 display[/quote<] That's one heck of an aspect ratio.

      • rado992
      • 7 years ago

      So what, it’s just 160:10. 😀

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        I hear LCD makers like the widescreen.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          all those pixels in a 12 inch display! screw lg’s announcement, THIS IS AMAZING.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        This again… Repeat after me: [i<]"160:10 is dead. I shall bow to my new master 160:9"[/i<] 160:9 uses the space available in the laptop more efficiently.

      • glacius555
      • 7 years ago

      Cyclops of the x-men is testing this aspect ratio in his new Google glasses.

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