Google have unveiled a new powerful laptop that bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air but without the expense.
The Samsung Series 3 laptop runs Google’s custom desktop operating system based on the Chrome browser and is designed to always be connected to the internet by making the most of its WiFi connectivity. Google will also be bringing out a slightly more expensive 3G enabled version which is already available in the US.
The price of the new Chromebook, only £229 belies the high quality build of the laptop. It weighs in at only 2.5 pounds and is 0.8 inches thin with more than 6 hours of battery life and looks like an Apple MacBook Pro with chicklet keys and a matt silver finish. At 11.6-inches it has a 1,366-by-768 pixel display which is again identical in resolution to the Air although the display is slightly larger.
Inside the stylish exterior beats a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual-core processor, which is based on the ARM Cortex A15 design. The Cortex A15 in its quad-core variant is at the heart of the latest new smartphones including the Asus PadFone 2 and HTC J Butterfly both of which were only announced this week. In fact this is the first A15 processor from Samsung period which will no doubt power their future phones. Just like those phones it also packs 2GB RAM and there is an extra HDMI port so you can see what is happening on any display in your home.
Chromebook laptops work by syncing with your Google account and give you access to all Google services without having to worry about the complications of using a standard laptop. Everything is done within the Chrome browser and it keeps your files backed up in the cloud. The Series 3 also offers a 10-second boot up from cold and instant resume.
The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook is available in the UK now from PC World for £229.