Google ARM-Based Chromebooks Drive Pretty Fast with Ubuntu

November 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s Chromebooks are really fast. And as you know, inexpensive too, which makes them one of the best gadgets to buy this holiday.

Google’s Chrome OS project put up the $249 Samsung Chromebook and $199 Acer Chromebook to offer consumers some easy computing at low prices, and they have done better than that. The devices were put in the field and some of the recent benchmarks, with Ubuntu inside, shows that the Samsung Chromebook is really powerful.

The device has inside it a 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 which pumps it with juice. This dual-core Cortex A15-based processor reportedly slams down the likes of quad-core Cortex A9-based Tegra 3 from Nvidia.

ARM touts Cortex A15 processors as 40 percent more powerful than the Cortex A9s of the same spec. Which means the Samsung Chromebook will hold up quite well.

The gadget did very well competing against the x86 and Cortex A9 processors, performing parallel processes, in the benchmark tests. As per the report, the Exynos performed 40 percent better than Intel’s Atom D525, and that whilst consuming less power.

The Exynos 5 isn’t actually the fastest in video encoding, but the dual-core setup does well when pitted against the quad-core models. So if you are going for a h.264 playback, your laptop won’t sweat at all.

Even though the laptops have Chrome OS inside, they are proper performers, so  getting one won’t be such a bad idea. Especially since these benchmarks, with Ubuntu inside, show that the Exynos 5 is capable of lugging around without panting.

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