Buzzwords give us a quick sense of what people have been thinking and talking about : the new Google’s first netbook that will run the Google Chrome OS (operating System). And like always, the rumors have promulgated about what specs we should expect to see in it.
Expected to hit the stores in the 2010 holiday season, the 10.1-inch netbook is supposed to have the following features :-
- the HD-ready, 1,280 x 720 resolution touchscreen display
- an ARM CPU and NVIDIA Tegra chipset that combines audio and video capabilities that promise better performance than comparable solutions.
- extensive connectivity features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and Ethernet ports. The emphasize on connectivity options makes sense considering that the operating system requires an active Internet connection for most of its features and options.
- a built-in webcam
- a multi-card reader as well as 64GB solid state drive
- and 2 GB RAM.
- there is all the usual Google apps such as Gmail, Maps, Docs, Calendar, etc with which it will feature an integrated and lively interface, streamlined for mobile use (Google Wave might be included too, but no confirmation on this).
It is most likely to be made available for price tag under 300$ and will be sold by Google directly and (likely) in some countries by telecommunication carriers like AT&T.
The impact of the launch is hard to estimate at this point but the tech apostles are expecting it to be a fascinating experiment when it comes out this year.
The one question that’s awaiting the answer is- “Will Google be able to get a sizable chunk of market share out of the netbook market or will the Chrome OS netbook remain a tip of the Mount Everest to be reached by the few lucky souls but most users do not even desire to have one? ”