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)

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

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ekimia
7 years ago

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

Carlos
7 years ago

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.

float
float
7 years ago

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)

CampGareth
CampGareth
7 years ago

@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

Carlos
7 years ago

@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.

Marius
7 years ago

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… Read more »

Yannis
Yannis
7 years ago

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

MCG
MCG
7 years ago

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

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