Similar to most Ultrabooks, the new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox are said to cold boot in approximately 7 seconds. The former device is a compact desktop, much akin to the Mac mini, that’s claimed to be the first of its kind running on the Chrome OS.
The new Chromebook weighs a little more than 3 pounds and measures less than an inch thick, proffering high portability. There’s a full-sized keyboard for enhanced productivity that’s accompanied by a 12.1-inch SuperBright LCD. Powering this machine is a 1.3GHz Intel Celeron 867 dual core processor backed by a 16GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Apart from Wi-Fi connectivity, users can turn to 3G for data access, which comes built into the laptop.
“The new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox provide the rapid, convenient and ever-improving computing experience that was so well-received in our first Chromebook,” said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. “As the world’s first Chromebox, the Series 3 provides users with the Chromebook’s ease-of-use in a compact desktop product, which easily integrates with their existing accessories. The second generation Chromebook features powerful components housed in a slim, lightweight body, thanks to Samsung’s advanced hardware engineering.”
Designed around dimensions of 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches, the Chromebox flaunts a compact design featuring a sleek matte black finish and a silver shade. On the hardware front, it packs in a dual core 1.9GHz Celeron B840 processor from Intel and support for displays that stretch up to 30 inches in size. Users could hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for ease of input, while a total of 6 USB devices can be connected at the same time.
The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook price sums up to $449.99 for the Wi-Fi version, while the 3G one will retail for $549.99. The Series 3 Chromebox price amounts to $329.99. Both devices will be available for purchase through Amazon.com, Tiger.com, NewEgg.com, BestBuy.com and BHPhoto.com, starting today.