Samsung prices up Chrome OS netbook for Blighty
3G and Wi-Fi-only versions inbound
Twelve-inch Chrome OS netbook, anyone? Samsung will be bringing just such a machine to the UK late next month for £349.
The Series 5 - the sound you hear in the background is Psion fans tut-tutting - runs the other Google operating system on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU. There's 2GB of DDR3 and a 16GB SSD on board.
The capacity is low because the Series 5 is designed to run web apps.
The display is 1280 x 800, and the laptop has Wi-Fi, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader and a 61Wh battery built into its 20mm-thick body.
It boots in ten seconds, Samsung claimed, and comes out of sleep in one second.
Pay an extra £50 and you can get a version with built-in 3G connectivity when the Series 5 goes on sale on 24 June. More details on Samsung's US website. ®
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Is the interface really all skewed, or is that just the laziest "let's just mock up the interface in Photoshop" press image ever?
Good luck with that.
Is is a rip off no matter how you quibble about it. N570 based netbooks sell for around £280 including the Windows tax.
But why would you?
If this was £150 quid then sure it would be a no-brainer.
But at £349 you've got enough for a decent netbook with all the functionality of this machine PLUS a generous hard drive too. Plus windows (and ubuntu free as well)
So who would buy this?
For a bloody web browser appliance? Someone's having a giraffe.
An extra 50 quid to make it actually usable on the move (the usual reason for the form factor)? They're going for the full bloody herd here.......