Google and Samsung Unveil Chromebook Laptop

The two tech giants Google and Samsung announced the low-priced laptop last Thursday, the Google Chromebook. It will be the most affordable Chromebook priced at $249 and American consumers will be
able to order this laptop starting next week but some stores and websites will probably start accepting pre-orders before that.

Google partnered with Samsung to create this next-gen Chromebook into reality. Samsung Electronics, as what we already know is also a smartphones and tablet PCs manufacturer that uses Google's most
successful Android mobile operating system.

Chromebook features an 11.6-inch screen, that's slightly bigger than tablets, and is capable of playing HD (1080p) videos. It's main difference from other laptops is it does not come with a hard drive but still provides us a 16GB storage space of which I think is too small for a laptop.But Google will provide users a free 100GB cloud storage on Google Drive for two years.

Below are some other specs of the Chromebook.

- Chrome OS (Google's Cloud-based operating system)
- 0.8 inches thin
- 2.5 lbs/1.1kg in weight
- Over 6 hours of battery life in a single charge
- 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor
- Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 3.0 USB Port
- 2.0 USB Port
- HMDI Port
- 2GB of RAM
- Front facing VGA camera

Like what is mentioned above Google Chromebook lacks a hard drive. It works like a terminal dependent on the internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers that are run
by Google or other providers. This laptop boots up only in less than 10 seconds and resumes instantly and can play hi-resolution videos according to Chrome and Apps SVC Sundar Pichai.

There is no word if this Samsung-manufactured gadget will hit Philippine stores as of yet. And if this will ever reach Pinoy consumers, I guess the first thing I need to think about is the hard drive. But if it will have an option to use an external or a third-party provided hard drive, then that would be another point get
this one.

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