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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Samsung and Google Introduce Second-Generation Chromebook and the First Chromebox


Samsung today announced two new products featuring the Google Chrome OS operating system: the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook laptop and the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox desktop.

Like its predecessor, the newest Chromebook is a fast and portable laptop for everyday users. The Chromebox is a compact desktop designed for the home or office.

The new Samsung machines are based on the enhanced Chrome OS, which basically includes tight integration with Google Drive, a new "app-centric" user interface and the ability to edit Google Docs documents offline.



"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."

"This is the next step in our journey toward an always-new computing experience focused on speed, simplicity and security," said Caesar Sengupta, Director of Product Management at Google. "This next-generation hardware from Samsung based on Intel processors and hardware-accelerated software delivers nearly three times the performance of the first-generation Chromebooks. With a new, app-centric user interface rolling out today and thousands of available web apps, we couldn't be more excited about this evolution."

Both the Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox feature Samsung's sleek design. Weighing just over three pounds and measuring less than an inch thick, the Series 5 Chromebook can easily be carried everywhere. It comes with a full-sized keyboard and a 12.1-inch, SuperBright LCD screens.

The Samsung Series 3 Chromebox is a compact home or office computer, offering the Chrome operating system in a desktop form factor. At 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3-inches, this computer is easy to transport between the home and office if needed.

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook boots up in as little as just seven seconds. It is powered by an Intel Celeron 867 Dual Core (1.3 GHz) processor sporting a 16GB SSD and 4GB of RAM and an optional built-in 3G wireless feature from Verizon Wireless allows connectivity to just about anywhere. With the 3G option, Verizon will provide up to 100MBs per month of Mobile Broadband service included with the device for two years.



Like the Chromebook, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox also features a 16GB SSD and 4GB of RAM, as well as an Intel Celeron B840 Dual Core (1.9 GHz) processor. Other featues include built-in 2x2 WLAN Wi-Fi. Users can connect their Series 3 Chromebox to monitors up to 30-inches in size, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, or even an HDTV using the Display Port output. Users can also connect up to six USB devices to upload photos or save files.



Both the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox run on Google's Chrome OS, which gets you online in seconds, load web pages fast and offers easy access to apps in one click through the app launcher.

Automatic updates mean that Chromebook and Chromebox users always receive the latest functionality. Security features are also built-in and updated to defend against the threat of malware and viruses, reducing the need for users to install anti-virus software.

Built-in cloud storage (Google Drive) enables both Chromebook and Chromebox users to access their files securely from anywhere, and sync technology backs up all of their preferences, bookmarks and apps, so they can access them from a Chrome browser on another device.

Google Drive will be integrated with the File Manager and support offline access with the next release of Chrome OS in six weeks. With Google Docs offline support (rolling out over the next few weeks), users can keep working on your documents even when offline and sync back up when you re-connect. In addition, there are hundreds of offline-capable web apps in the Chrome Web Store.



Both new Samsung products also come equipped for Google Cloud Print for easy web printing to any Samsung Google Cloud Print ready laser printer.

A revamped media player and a built-in photo editor and uploader enable users to play and manage their personal media collections.

With Chrome Remote Desktop Beta powered by the VP8 technology, users can now securely connect to their PC or Mac from your Chromebook or Chromebox. With the underlying VP8 technology.

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox will be available beginning May 30th. The Series 5 Chromebook Wi-Fi model will retail at $449.99 while the 3G model will retail at $549.99. The Series 3 Chromebox Wi-Fi model will retail at $329.99. The Chromebook and Chromebox are only available at Amazon.com, Tiger.com, NewEgg.com, BestBuy.com and BHPhoto.com.

Beyond the consumer market, Google and its partners also pitch Chrome machines to businesses and educational institutions.

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