Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Unveiled for OS Testing; Not for Sale Though!

December 8, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google has unveiled its Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook. But, you won’t be able to buy the new device. The first ever Chrome OS laptop has been introduced for a wide scale testing project of the new operating system.

As you might remember, last year Google had announced its intentions to design the new OS that is built and optimized for the web. The new Chrome OS is intended make computers faster, much simpler and fundamentally more secure.

The Chrome OS seems to really be about the web. But Google thinks that the new OS is at a stage where Google need the most important feedback from real users. With this in mind, the internet giant has unveiled the new device and is launching a pilot program where it will give the new notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses.

The laptop comes equipped with a 12.1-inch display, a full-size keyboard, oversized clickpad, global 3G, eight hours of active use, eight days of standby time, webcam, SSD, and is supported by Intel Atom.

The laptops are black and have no branding, no logos and no stickers. It appears that the caps lock key has been replaced with a search key. With this feature built into the new device, it is expected that it will become a standard design on all Chrome computers. This interface makes online searching even more user-friendly.

If you are interested in trying one out, you can audition via YouTube (youtube.com/googlechrome) or you can simple register for the program here.

Meanwhile, Google has announced that the Chrome notebooks will be available on sale from Acer and Samsung in the first half of 2011. It is expected that other manufacturers will also follow.

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