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Google reboots Chromebook line with new Samsung offerings

updated 07:10 pm EDT, Tue May 29, 2012

Chrome-powered computing in desktop and notebook models

Seemingly undeterred by the lackluster sales of its prior efforts, Google has launched once more into the computing sphere, announcing a refresh of its Chrome OS computer line. The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 is an updated Chrome-powered notebook, while the Samsung Chromebox is a small form-factor desktop machine reminiscent of Apple's Mac mini.

The Chromebook has a number of advantages over its previous iteration, chiefly a significant upgrade in memory. The Series 5 550 sports 4GB of RAM, as well as 16GB SSD internal storage. The new Chromebook will come with a dual-core Intel Celeron processor running at 1.3GHz.

The Chromebox was previously leaked in a TigerDirect promotional video last week, and appears to sport the same specifications revealed in the leak. The Chromebox comes with a 1.9GHz, dual-core Celeron B840 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 16GB solid-state drive

Pricing for the Chromebook starts at $450 for a Wi-Fi model and ranges up to $550 for a 3G-enabled model. The Chromebox is available for $330. The Chrome-powered computers are available for purchase through Amazon and NewEgg, but Google has announced that national retailer Best Buy will also carry Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in the coming months.

by MacNN Staff



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