Samsung Series 5 Chromebook official

First official Google-backed laptop revealed

Speedy start-up, top-end specs and recession-friendly price tag.

Samsung has just come clean about its much-hyped Series 5 Chromebook, the first widely available laptop to use the Big G’s Chrome OS. The new netbook killer comes with a seriously impressive spec sheet and promises to rejuvenate the world of pared down lappies.

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Rocking Intel’s latest dual-core Atom processor, the N570, the Series 5 should tick along nicely. That chipset will be aided by an impressive 2GB of RAM with a 16GB SSD for stashing files. That might seem small by comparison to current netbooks, but remember, Chrome OS is all about cloud computing. Google Docs, Gmail and Google Music all have a big role to play here.

Connectivity is impressive for such a small machine, with two USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi and 3G on certain models. Sammy says the battery will kick it for five hours while watching video before it needs juicing up, lasting up to 1,000 charging cycles.

The screen measures 12.1-inches, with an impressive 1280x800 resolution. It tips the scales at 1.45kg, is a mere 20mm thin and boots up in 10 seconds. But the best bit? It costs just £349 for a Wi-Fi-only model and £399 for one toting 3G, when it hits the shelves on 24 June.

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