Google, Samsung unveil new version of Chromebook

Samsung and Google have introduced the new product line with Chrome OS. Samsung has officially announced the new Samsung Series 5550 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebox. The newly launched Chromebox is a desktop PC, without of course, a keyboard and mouse.

Specifications (Samsung Series 3 Chromebox)

  • Processor Intel Core series
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Wirelesss connectivity: Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Ethernet: 1000Mbps
  • USB: 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Video out: 2x DisplayPort++, DVI output

Google’s Chromebooks don’t have a hard drive. They function like terminals dependent on an Internet connection. The Chromebox resembles Apple’s Mac mini, and adds four additional USB 2.0 ports. The Chromebox can be purchased for $329 (roughly Rs. 18,000/-).

The Chromebox, instead is clearly lower in size and weight, since it does not include any display. Both machines are powered by Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS and are built for speed. Samsung’s newest Chromebook, the Series 5 550, features a 12.1-inch display, an Intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM, an HD Camera, two USB 2.0 ports and six hours of continuous battery life. The Chromebook is available in two versions, one of which has 3G and WiFi connectivity and other with WiFi-only.

Specifications (Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook)

  • Screen size: 12.1-inch (1280×800) display
  • Weight: 1.48 kg
  • Claimed battery life: 6 hours of usage
  • Processor: Intel Core series
  • Memory 4 GB RAM
  • Network connectivity: Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit ethernet, and 3G modem (opt) 1
  • Webcam: Built-in HD camera
  • USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Memory card reader: 4-in-1 memory slot
  • Video output: DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)


The Chromebook Series 5 550 starts with prices ranging from $429 to $499. The latest Chromebook and new Chromebox will be available online only, beginning in the US on Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday release in the United Kingdom.


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