Samsung and Google are to officially launch the world’s first commercially available Chromebook in the UK this Friday, June 24th, with the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook to hit online retailers Amazon and PC World.
Available in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus 3G models, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will be the first web-optimised notebook to utilise Google’s new Chrome operating system allowing users to run a device solely on the web with all documents and saved content being stored directly to the cloud.
Boasting a sub 10-second start-up time and an 8.5 hour battery life, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook weighs in at a mere 1.49kg and touts a 12.1-inch Super Bright display, 16GB SSD and a dedicated search button.
Speaking at the European launch of the device yesterday, Samsung’s European President and CEO SP Kim looked to boost the belief in the web centric OS proclaimed: “being online is now part of out DNA, an integral part of our lives.”
Kim’s pro-web talk was further backed up Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President of the Chrome platform who announced: “We believe we can give a far simpler experience using nothing but the web.”
With Chrome browsers users currently topping the 160 million mark Pichai, discussing the advancements Google has made since launching the Chrome service, stated: “Gmail runs 100 times faster in Chrome today than it did when we launched two years ago.”
Completing a healthy spec sheet, the Series 5 Chromebook, which will cost £349 for the Wi-Fi model and £399 for Wi-Fi plus 3G, touts a HD webcam, Intel Atom dual-core processor, 4-in-1 card reader, 2 USB ports and an oversized multitouch trackpad.