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Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Netbook Announced

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Google had gone on to announce the Google Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook today, which features a 12.1-inch display with full keyboard and large trackpad. The Cr-48 is an un-branded netbook clad in black and looks reminiscent of Apple’s black plastic MacBook. The device also features world-roaming support with a Gobi 3G chip that will work with Verizon’s netbook in the U.S.

The function keys have been replaced by specific actions and tasks, and the search button now replaces the caps lock key. No branding, no logo, and limited availability through a Pilot Program is the only way you can get the Cr-48 netbook at this time. Retail models of Chrome OS netbooks will be forthcoming from Acer and Samsung, and users who want to grab one now could sign up through Google; the company is asking early adopters to give it feedback.

The netbook has a webcam as well.

The Cr-48 is rated for 8 hours of battery life during active use and 8 days of standby time.

Via: Engadget

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9 Comments

  1. Borax99

    12/07/2010 at 10:34 pm

    No Caps Lock = massive FAIL

    • Jacob Godserv

      12/08/2010 at 4:17 am

      Clearly they are doing us a favor.

    • quillaja

      12/08/2010 at 5:32 am

      Actually, this is my favorite part about this machine. To hell with caps lock. The “context menu button” on windows machines can also go to hell. The start menu button is actually somewhat useful, however.

  2. David

    12/08/2010 at 4:15 am

    I got my email invite today

    • Xavier Lanier

      12/08/2010 at 6:34 am

      Likewise, really looking forward to seeing it myself.

  3. Rent A Car

    12/08/2010 at 9:14 am

    Yes, of course.

  4. Tomas Antila

    12/08/2010 at 1:11 pm

    I expecter a much thinner computer given that Chrome OS doesn’t seem THAT much resource needing.

    • Henrique Saraiva

      12/08/2010 at 8:11 pm

      That would make it considerably more expensive, unless it ran on ARM or something. I’m sure Google wants to keep it very cheap (it’s just a browser after all). They might even have something like a Broadcom chip in there for 1080p video/good flash video support or something.

      Also, I like the name Cr-48, I find it highly amusing.

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