Monday, October 22, 2012

The New Samsung Chromebook is an ARM-Book

Google unveiled a new Samsung Chromebook, which is priced at $249. While I have little interest in these Chrome OS powered laptops, what is interesting is that this Chromebook is powered by an ARM processor. What I would find more compelling is a ARM powered laptop with a Linux OS or even better, a modified Android OS.

But it is the hardware is interesting to look at. Powering new Samsung ARM-based Chromebook is a dual core ARM Cortex A-15 processor and 2 GB or RAM. Local storage is 16 GB. The specifications sound more like a high end smartphone. But how much processing power does the average person need these days.

The new Samsung ARM-based Chromebook includes an 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 display. It weighs in at just 2.5 pounds and is 0.8 inches thin. The Chromebook includes a VGA camera, ports for USB 2.0 and 3.0, and HDMI, dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Google promises over 6.5 hours of battery life. 

This makes the new Samsung ARM-based Chromebook as portable and light as the 11-inch Apple MacBook Air, while providing 30% more battery life.

The only spoiler in the package is the Chrome OS. With full offline operating system, ARM-books, with their low price, light weight and long endurance could be very interesting indeed.

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