Earlier today we said Google was getting ready to announce a student package for its Chrome notebook, and rather than keep us in suspense, the search giant just a short while ago officially unveiled its first Chromebooks. Google has partnered up with Samsung and Acer to deliver the first models, which are slated to ship on June 15.
"These are not typical notebooks," Google said in a blog post. "With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. you'll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies, and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files."
Other notables include:
Chromebooks will last a full day on a single charge
3G connectivity is optional
Chromebooks will have many layers of security built in and supposedly not require any anti-virus software
As for the student program we discussed earlier today, this will be one of two monthly subscription options as part of Google's Chromebooks for Business and Education.
"This service from Google includes Chromebooks and a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, applications, and policies," Google explains. "Also included is enterprise-level support, device warranties, and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes. Monthly subscriptions will start at $28/user for businesses and $20/user for schools."
For individuals, Samsung is building a version that weighs a little over 3 pounds with a 12.1-inch display, Intel Atom dual-core processor, built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, HD webcam, 4-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, full-size keyboard, and oversized trackpad. According to CNet, this will run $429 for the Wi-Fi model, and $499 for the 3G model. Acer, meanwhile, will sell a Wi-Fi model for $349 that includes an 11.6-inch display.