What's New In Chromebook?
The new Chrombook packs newer, faster hardware and newly designed UI. As we reported earlier the device is now powered by Intel's Celeron processor instead of slow and sluggish Atom. These processors are three times faster than the processors used in the first generation of Chromebooks.
On the software front, the new Chromebook featured the much talked about Auro windows manager which enhances the user experience [read out Auro review here]. The new UI which I have been using on my cr-48 enhances the user experience manifold. It now looks more like Android and you are not locked inside a browser.
Samsung Series 5 550 Specs
- 12.1" (1280x800) display
- 3.3 lbs / 1.48 kg
- 6 hours of continuous usage
- Intel Core processor
- 4 GB RAM
- Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit ethernet, and 3G modem (opt)
- HD Camera
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 4-in-1 memory card slot
- DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)
ChromeOS Means Business
One condition that ChromeOS-based devices has is the Internet connectivity. These devices are like fish outside water Internet. Google is however working on brining offline capabilities to ChromeOS based devices.
Linus Upson, Vice President, Engineering and Caesar Sengupta, Director of Product Management, says, "The new Chromebooks have the built-in ability to view Microsoft Office files and dozens of the most common file formats, you can access all your content without the hassle of installing additional software. Google Drive makes it easy to create, store and share with just one click. Drive will be seamlessly integrated with the File Manager and support offline access with the next release of Chrome OS in six weeks. With Google Docs offline support (rolling out over the next few weeks), you can keep working on your documents even when offline and seamlessly sync back up when you re-connect. In addition, there are hundreds of offline-capable web apps in the Chrome Web Store."
ChromeOS Means Entertainment
The new ChromeOS features a revamped media plater and a builtt-in photo editor and uploader enable you to easily play and manage your personal media collections. Chrome's own AppStore, "Chrome Web Store" enables you to install entertainment apps such as Google Play, Netflix, Kindle Cloud Reader and Pandora, and thousands of games including popular games like Angry Birds and console titles such as as Bastion.
The new Chrombooks are available on stores and online for $449. You can order your Chromebook by visiting this Google page.