The first Chromebooks from the likes of Acer and Samsung are scheduled to begin shipping on June 15. But a little known Australian company has beaten the two vendors to the Chome/Chromium OS laptop punch. Australia’s Kogan is already taking orders for a 12-inch Chromium OS laptop called Agora, which it expects to begin shipping on June 7. Hit the jump for more on the world’s first Chromium OS notebook.
Powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron M ULV processor, the Agora features 1GB DDR2 RAM (upgradable up to 4GB), a 30GB SSD, an Intel GS40 chipset with 256MB shared memory, a 1.3MP webcam, 3 USB ports, 1 HDMI port, a memory card reader and 802.11 B/G/N Wi-Fi. The 3-pound notebook has a 4 Cell, 4600mAh that is said to last around 3.5 hours on a single charge.
If for some odd reason you are willing to ignore its uninviting battery life, then you should have no problem ordering the Agora as long as you live in either Australia or the UK. Just for the record, it is priced AUD349 (around US$375) and £269 (around US$440) in Australia and the UK, respectively.