The First “Chrome” Laptop: Details On The Google Cr-48

| December 7, 2010 | 4 Replies

We have been hearing rumors about this device for quite some time now, but we finally have some pictures and specs to look over.  The all new unbranded laptop from Google is the first Chrome OS laptop to eventually come out in the wild.  There is no solid pricing or branding information available because there is no branding.  The laptop is completely black, with no logos of any kind in an effort to show that this is not a “mass market device”.  Be that as it may the laptop is still drop dead gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.  The word out there is that Google will be sending out the laptops through its Chrome OS Pilot Program first.  Interested parties will have to apply to join the program as there will then be a limited number of devices available for testing.  It is only a matter of time before Gizmo Ninja gets our hands on one of these guys.  Check out the specs and pics below courtesy of Engadget and be sure to drop us a comment with your thoughts on Google first “Chrome OS” laptop.

We’ve had plenty of pre-knowledge on this, but surprisingly this is our first actual glimpse of Google’s new unbranded “Cr-48,” the very first Chrome OS laptop. Google will distribute the laptop through its Chrome OS Pilot Program, in a sort of public beta. You actually have to apply to join the program, and there are going to be a limited number of the laptops available — retail Chrome OS models from Acer and Samsung will be available in the middle of 2011 for the masses. Google’s doing a number of little promotions to give away the devices to interested users and businesses which will provide feedback, and it looks like there’s no way to actually pay money for one right now. Now, for the specs:

  • 12.1-inch screen.
  • Full size keyboard.
  • Oversized clickpad.
  • Qualcomm Gobi 3G chip for Verizon data in the US, your carrier of choice internationally.
  • 802.11n dual-band WiFi.
  • 8+ hours of active use.
  • 8+ days of standby.
  • Webcam.
  • Flash storage.

The keyboard is the one we uncovered last week, with no function keys, but a full row of Apple Keyboard-style actions. The caps lock key has been replaced with a search button, which will enrage internet trolls and screenwriters alike. Branding-wise… there is none. The “Cr-48″ refers to an isotope of the material chromium, there’s no logo and no design frills on the laptop itself, and it only comes in black. It seems Google is going out of its way to make it clear that this isn’t a mass market device, with Chrome OS still in the beta stage, and no apparent intentions to compete with third parties in the hardware space. Still, we gotta say: we wish more manufacturers would take a page out of this no-frills book. The murdered out Cr-48 looks like pure sex to us.

Source:  Engadget

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  • Dan Seifert says:

    Submitted my application for one tonight :). Fingers crossed!

  • Sean says:

    This will be interesting. Google is looking to conquer the world. Not sure if I will go for it, google will have a lock on me where ever I go.