Google has partnered with Samsung to unveil their new $250 Samsung Chromebook. It’s a thin and light laptop that utilizes a browser-based Chrome OS, built on Linux, that focuses on cloud storage. The Chromebook isn’t meant to be a powerhouse device, focusing more as a secondary device to have around the house for quick tasks like checking e-mail or looking up a recipe.
“In order to have one, two or more computers around the house, they need to be easy to use and much more affordable. So together with Samsung, we designed a new laptop—the new Samsung Chromebook for $249—the computer for everyone.” said Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of Chrome and Google Apps.
The Samsung Chrombook uses Samsung’s 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Dual Core processor based on ARM’s Cortex A-15, usually found on smartphones and tablets. It comes in at a light 1.1kg (2.5lbs) and only 0.8 inches thin with a 11.6-inch (1366×768) display. Battery life is expected to last over 6.5 hours. It has a VGA camera, a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port, and a HDMI port, with Bluetooth.
Boot times are estimated at around 10 seconds for easy access to your favorite Google products. To accommodate cloud-capabilities, Google offers you 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
The Samsung Chromebook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other retailers. It will be officially be on sale on Monday at the Google Play Store as well as the online retailers.