Is this coincidence or kind of promotional act? Apart from the leaked specs and the unboxing video of Chromebox due to a (probably) accidental sale, Samsung’s another Chrome OS product, the second generation Chromebox, was also found leaked. Newegg.com had the listing of this new laptop, called Edison, on their web site. The page was removed but you could (temporarily) find a cached page here.
Did you see the $549.99 price tag? I believe this is a price of an ordinary Windows laptop rather than a netbook or Chromebook. Unless Samsung is so confident that customers would find Chromebook as good as an ordinary laptop, I could hardly understand this pricing strategy.
This new Chromebook is named Samsung Edison XE550C22-H01US. It has a 1.3 GHz Intel Celeron 867 dual core processor, 4GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor, 16GB SSD, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet and support for HSPA mobile network (for 3G version). Obviously Samsung enhanced the machine with a faster CPU and more memory. Have a look at a video released earlier this year to refresh your memory about how it looks like:
Source: liliputing, Linux for Devices
Just one day after my post about the leaked price and specs of Samsung’s Chromebox, we found an unboxing video on YouTube:
To me, Chromebox looks like… err… not a Mac mini as many people said. I’d rather say it looks like the fist generation Apple TV. Have a look at it in 360 degrees:
And according to this web site, Chromebox does not only runs on a Celeron CPU, there is also a version with Intel Core i5 CPU. The i5 version is said to be sold at $499, which is reasonable considering the better specs.
Source: GearWERKZ, Chrome Story
We have been waiting for Chromebox by Samsung and we know Samsung planned to deliver it in Q2. Today we hear something new about this mini computer. According to Engadget, Chromebox appeared in TigerDirect’s web store:
This screen capture tells us that Chromebox would probably have a Celeron 1.9GHz CPU, 16GB SSD storage, 4GB memory and WiFi connectivity. Most importantly, the little computer bears a price tag of $329.99. Is it cheap for a computer? Certainly, but remember this computer runs Chrome OS, a system which is web-centric. Users are expected to use web apps only. I think it would be for connecting to a TV for surfing on the coach.
When will we see the product launch? I guess in the coming Google I/O. We should expect to see more product reviews and unboxing photos soon.
According to documents and pictures in FCC reports, a product with the code VCC111 was being tested. It was suggested that this new laptop is a 11.6-inch Chromebook by Sony, possibly running on ARM chipset. Why do we think it’s a Chromebook? Well, look at the keyboard, it has the Chrome-only keys. Photos of two versions, black and white, are found.
And the testing configuration comes with a Sony charger.
The reported chipset is a T25, which could mean anything but a guess is an ARM chip. Sony requested confidentiality for 180 days since 15 August 2011, meaning that this test device was born in last year and there may be a chance we could see it later this year. Could we see it in Google I/O this year? I would say highly possible.