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Google Unveils $249 Samsung Exynos 5 (Cortex A15) Chromebook

Back in April, we already knew Google was working on a Chromebook codenamed ‘Daisy’ based on the latest Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Cortex A15 processor, and finally, Google officially announced their first ARM based Chromebook yesterday.

The specifications of the new Chromebook are as follows:

  • SoC – Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Core Cortex A15 Processor @ 1.7 GHz with Mali T-604 GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Storage:
    • 16 GB SSD
    • SD Card slot
    • 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage (Free for 2 years)
  • Display – 11.6″ LED panel (1366×768)
  • Video Out – HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 3.0 compatible (But Bluetooth does not seem to be present in the device)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Camera – Front VGA camera
  • Battery – 6.5 hours typical use (No capacity info)
  • Weight – 1.1 kg

There’s no Ethernet contrary to what we may have been led to believe earlier this year. This netbook is completely silent, and it does not have any moving part, not even a cooling fan.

The new Chromebook (which strangely does not have a proper name yet, but is sold as model number: XE303C12)  can be pre-ordered in the US and the UK for respectively $249 and 229 GBP.  Further details and links to online shops can be found on Google website.

Via: OMGChrome (and Sander)

  1. October 19th, 2012 at 16:53 | #1

    the real Question could be ” Can I install a “real OS” on the 16G eMMC …

    I guess yes because it shouldn’t be too hard to get an ubuntu build rnning from the chromiumOS source

  2. Carlos
    October 20th, 2012 at 06:04 | #2

    Personally if this specific chromebook allows for developer mode and either ArchLinux or Ubuntu follows through with a compatible ARM port it’d be a definite buy for me.

    I’ve been eyeballing the AllWinner A8 laptops for a while and seeing where they were going as far as fully supporting Linux ,and potentially hoping for a more reputable manufacturer to come into play before buying, but having a manufacturer like Samsung behind this hardware on a A15 Core makes it a must buy even if Linux support ends up being more experimental in the long run.

  3. float
    October 20th, 2012 at 09:59 | #3

    Shame the battery life isn’t very impressive (i read it’s a 2 cell battery)- if it had 12+ hours i’d be all over it (using linux too)

  4. CampGareth
    October 20th, 2012 at 17:30 | #4

    @float
    I’m agreed that the battery life isn’t as impressive as it should be. I’m waiting for a teardown to see if there’s any spare space for more cells because this sounds like Google crippling their low end device a little so as not to make the Intel powered chromebook look bad. We can always un-cripple it though ;D

  5. Carlos
    October 20th, 2012 at 22:55 | #5

    @CampGareth
    @float
    Well they are trying to conserve weight and size by doing so, and keep in mind that not too long ago laptops getting 6 hours was an impressive feat on it’s own.

  6. Marius
    October 22nd, 2012 at 04:34 | #6

    Well for about the price of this thing I got an Acer Aspire One 756 with a dual core ULV Celeron based on Sany Bridge @ 1.4 Mhz , 4 GB of RAM , 320 GB hard driver and the same screen.
    Sure it has a fan, is 300g heavier and has 1-2h less battery life but it will be running circles around this thing so …. kinda expensive and not that great. Oh and I do like ARM but x86 is still way more flexible, you can dual boot Windows, run legacy apps and all that.
    This would have been very nice if it had a quad core 28nm A15 and larger SSD, at least 32GB. Maybe the next version of it.

  7. Yannis
    October 22nd, 2012 at 13:42 | #7

    Awesome, bring on the A15s. From what ARM says this should be comparable to core II duo. If benchmarks confirm that I feel the era of ARM is about to begin. And don’t tell me about ivy bridge and stuff. The x86 line has reached a peak on performance as far as CPUs are concerned. ARM on the other hand has way more headroom ahead of it and the advantage of not being constricted by a manufacturer monopoly. Bring it on

  8. October 23rd, 2012 at 17:17 | #8

    Instructions to install Ubuntu on the new ARM Chromebook – https://plus.google.com/109993695638569781190/posts/b2fazijJppZ

  9. MCG
    October 27th, 2012 at 22:30 | #9

    what is the difference between this and a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard?

  10. October 28th, 2012 at 10:58 | #10

    @MCG
    If you work on a desk not much, but I’ve noticed I prefer to use a tablet when I lie down on the bed, and a netbook is much more convenient (if you need a keyboard) when you sit in a bus.

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