Acer is expected to begin selling its first Chromebook on June 15th, but you can check out the product page for one of the first laptops designed to run Google Chrome OS today. Amazon has posted a product page for the Acer Cromia AC761, confirming an earlier rumor about the laptop’s name.
The laptop features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N570 dual core processor, GMA 3150 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and 16GB of storage. It has 2 USB ports, an HDMI output, a 1.3MP camera and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. There’s also a second listing for a model with 3G.
The laptops are expected to sell for $349 and up, but there are no prices listed at the moment.
The Acer Chromebook actually first showed up on Amazon nearly a month ago, but at the time it wasn’t called the Cromia AC761, it was just described as an Acer WiFi Chromebook.
via Notebook Italia
Some further thoughts: I’d love to see proper ARM-based netbook finally in the market, and with the “from-ground-up” Chrome OS Google could make that happen.
Also, while Atoms are severely kneecapped by Intel (in-order CPUs in 2010s??) their Linux/Open Source driver support is actually pretty decent.
Despite their exciting “APUs” like the Zacate, AMD’s architectural advances are laregely undone by poor drivers (esp. graphics, although they do work) and power management. I.e. the inferior Atoms are more likely to “just work”, although with less oomph.
ARM on the other hand is an interesting case. While the Linux universe has had support for ages (i.e. open source apps tend to be automatically installable on ARM systems), some of the graphics providers like Imagination Technologies and also nVidia only provide proprietary graphics drivers which leave the user totally at their mercy wrt. future updates.
As someone involved in passing _useful_ and _secure_ secondhand devices to NGOs in the developing world, hardware with only proprietary drivers is sadly landfill material…
Considering the AMD Zacate-based HP DM1 etc. these atoms would become much more interesting at sub-$300 prices.
Considering Google’s business model (trading services for customers’ privacy) I wonder if there’s a licensing fee involved here? Without the previously compulsory MS-tax, and without some of Acer’s _obnoxious_ backplate branding horror, these might be quite useful though, after wiping the Chrome OS for some more user- and privacy-centric version of Linux.
Once Cedar Trail fully takes over next year we should see many more of these drop to well below $300.
The Asus X101 for example is still based on the present Pine Trail, just stripped down to get to the $200 mark for the SSD version running Meego. But once they move that to the newer 32nm builds they can reduce costs without having to strip the system down so much.
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