Google’s prototype Chrome OS-powered notebook boasts a 10-second boot time, 12.1 inch screen, full-sized keyboard & touch pad, integrated 3G from Verizon, eight hours of battery life and eight days of standby time.
The first Chrome notebooks will be available for sale from Acer and Samsung during the first half 2011.
However, additional models based on a variety of form factors, and designed by other vendors, are expected to arrive later in the year.
“We’re not done yet, but Chrome OS is at the stage where we need feedback from real users. Some of the features of Chrome OS require new hardware, but we didn’t want to sell pre-beta computers,” explained Google VP Linus Upson.
“Instead, we’re launching a pilot program where we will give test notebooks to qualified users, developers, schools and businesses. We’re starting with the US and will expand to other countries once we get the necessary certifications.”
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