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A few days ago, Google intro'd a new entry to the ChromeOS family: the 11.6", Exynos 5-powered Samsung Chromebook. At $250, this dual-core ultraportable isn't going to break the bank, and for users who don't normally venture outside of the web browser, it's a pretty ideal solution. And starting today, you can grab this little guy directly from Google Play.

Just to avoid confusion, this does not run Android. It runs ChromeOS.

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This new Chromebook is the first non-Android device to make its way into Play Store, which is clearly going to be Google's new storefront for future hardware sold directly by the company.

The Samsung Chromebook features an 11.6" 1366x768 display, dual-core Exynos 5 processor, 2GB RAM, a 16GB SSD, HDMI out, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and "up to" 6.5 hours worth of battery.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Bah, coming soon in the UK. Ah well, I'll be ordering it next week anyway.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Man, after the launch of the new Nexus devices, it's going to be really difficult to not just buy one of every device in Google Play.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Man, if they implement some type of rewards program, it would be trouble!

  • Danny Holyoake

    Gotta laugh at the huge FOR EVERYONE sign above the "Not available in your country" message.

    Google has listed the price in GBP, though. So it is probably coming soon.

    • http://twitter.com/dan_oliveira Danilo A. Oliveira

      I'm getting used to this sign. I had to use proxies to use Google Music in Brazil :P

  • anon

    US only...

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Nope, it's coming soon on the UK store.

      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        Well, there are more than two countries in the world...
        And that pisses me off that big companies tend to forget about this. More precisely, they just don't seem to give a damn.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          I know. But it's not US-only. Not international by any stretch of the imagination, but not US-only.

  • TouchMyBox

    I'd be tempted to pick on up if they were made available in Canada.

  • tanknspank

    Was looking into the Amazon sale today at the sd cards. Would this take a MicroSD or would it need a regular SD adapter? I plan on getting the MicroSD so I can pop it in other devices, so if I need an adapter I'd like to go ahead and purchase it also.

    • Joaquín Tuduri

      Not sure, but I'm going to say you should get the adapter as well. A microSD slot seems like a weird feature of a laptop-sized device.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        Not to mention, the adapter won't really hurt anything. AFAIK, they're just directly wired, so there shouldn't be any performance or compatibility issues, assuming this is compatible with the type of microSd you're using (form-factor aside)

      • tanknspank

        Was thinking along the same lines, but didn't want to completely ignore the idea. The adapters seem extremely cheap on Amazon so I won't mind grabbing one either way.

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          Good on you for thinking about it first, but like you said, you should be able to get one for extremely cheap if you don't already have one. I believe any old one would work -- I've gotten several bundles with microSD card purchases.

        • jxcgunrunna

          Amazon has full size SD cards as well.

    • jm9843

      You'll need the adapter as it has a full-sized SD card slot. Many MicroSD cards include an adapter.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    I know this is called AndroidPolice but a REVIEW!! doesn't kill anyone.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      ...they probably haven't even received it for review yet.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I keep wondering why they don't merge this with Android and just run the latest Android on it, Play store and all. It seems to use a "mobile" architecture, right?

  • FarmerTechno

    Biggest issue with this laptop? Lack of available devices for UBS 2.0.

    • jm9843

      What do you mean? Btw, this Chromebook has both a USB 2 port AND a USB 3 port.

      • jammer

        I'm wondering this too. I have the cr-48 and have used various mice with no problem. It was not able to recognize my projector or Logitech soundbar, so yes, there are limitations but it seems like a decent deal for what it is.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        No, he wants UBS 2.0, not USB 2.0. There are definitely not enough devices that support UBS.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Pardon my ignorance but what is UBS? I'm familiar with USB but haven't heard of UBS. Thought it was a typo actually.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            UBS stands for Artem being a douche :-]

      • mgamerz

        I think he means it doesn't support a lot of USB 2.0 devices. Like USB to serial adapters, MTP, stuff like that. So it lacks drivers in the kernel mainly.

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      For clarification, do you mean UBS or actually USB? I can't find "UBS" anywhere on the internet, instead I get served stuff with "USB".

    • FarmerTechno

      Lol sorry guys, just a bad joke on my part. Article originally read "UBS 2.0", not USB 2.0.

  • jm9843

    Just to avoid confusion, this does not run Android*. It runs ChromeOS.

    * "Yet." ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Androidbook?

      • jm9843

        Why not? Some enterprising fellow(s) need to flip the dev switch on this sucker and get a dual-boot Android/Chrome OS going.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Oh, no reason at all, I'm surprised more notebook-like products haven't come out yet running Android - it'd be pretty much like the Transformer, except bigger and with the keyboard attached.

          Although, now that I think about it, it's probably because it lacks a touch screen and the screen is too big to be usable - everything will be pixelated and with only one app running full-screen without proper multi-window support, it would be a crappy experience. Android still has a ways to go before a product like that could be compelling.

          • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

            You're probably right, but I can't help but think that with some small tweaks, an AndroidBook could be pretty sweet. Not that they're shining examples, but GoogleTV and all the new Android-on-a-stick-thingamajobs don't have touchscreens either.

          • http://twitter.com/robdog2232 Robert Alexander

            Try Android x86 and report back. Surprisingly, my netbook lost a lot of usefulness as an android device. There would definitely need to be more productivity oriented apps and need to be (more) optimized for the hardware

          • Andy_in_Indy

            @archon810:disqus The Motorola Lapdocks run at that screen size with a similar resolution and they look fine. (For those who have forgotten, the WebTop mode for Android 4.0 Motorola device did not run a separate Linux environment, it re-launches the apps in tablet mode.)

          • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

            Then again, Android was never really invented for PCs. It was invented for mobile :)

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        That would be a bit weird. Considering there is already ChromeOS, there would be a lot of confusions somewhere.

        OSception or whatever you guys call it.

    • http://technoticraccoon.com/ Cristian Colocho

      I'd argue it'd go around the other way. Rather than going from Android to Chrome OS, I think the future is more like from Android to Chrome.

  • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

    Notice how this took the Nexus Q's spot in the device lineup? Does that have any implications?!

    • Danny Holyoake

      Nexus Q was the third-available Nexus device. Then it was removed. Then this was added, making it the third-available device again. No ulterior message here.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Nexus Q wasn't available anyway - Google pulled it back and gave the units away for free to those who pre-ordered. http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/07/31/google-suspends-launch-of-nexus-q-promises-free-q-to-those-who-pre-ordered/

      • http://bit.ly/TylerHilliard Tyler Hilliard

        I'm aware. It was listed on their nexus page until yesterday though. Probably nothing but who knows.

  • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

    Enjoy Americans! Europeans should wait ages until Google Play allows us to purchase online too :-( Dissapointing

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      I felt the opposite way. Sometimes you Europeans get stuff before the US. Thoughts such as PlayStation come into my mind in those cases.

    • Kory Rice

      still waiting on the note 2 to hit my carrier here in the US

  • fixxmyhead

    what happened to the nexus Q? i dont see it anymore

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      They took it off the market to make it "do more," since it cost 3X as much as a google tv and did a fraction of the functionality.

  • garychencool

    It seems like us Canadians can get this too

  • Freak4Dell

    I don't understand why these are still a thing. Is there really a market for a glorified web browser? You'd be better off with a Nexus 7 and a keyboard. Or, if you need the bigger screen, a regular netbook.

    That being said, I do love my CR-48. It makes a great secondary Windows system, especially since it was free.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I'm surprised you have a CR-48 and don't understand why they're still a thing. I love my CR-48. I use it quite a bit and it's a great product in the netbook market.

      • Freak4Dell

        Read again...my CR-48 runs Windows. I don't even think I used ChromeOS for more than a day or so. I installed Chrome on the CR-48, so now I have basically what ChromeOS is, but so much more, too.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Oh gotcha, I missed that. I can't really see a reason for myself to install windows on it really though since I can do all of my stuff through Chrome and have W7 on my bigger laptop at home.

          • Freak4Dell

            I like having the capability of a full OS. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. If I just need to browse the web, I can use my phone. This is also why I prefer my laptop or netbook over my tablet in 99% of situations where I carry a computing device other than my phone.

          • mgamerz

            I'm going to use it for school. I have a high end laptop, but it's heavy and takes a huge amount of space in my laptop backpack. I am a programmer but on days I know I will not use it I would much rather have a chromebook, and if I need to code, I have web sites like Compilr, or perhaps the free version of Amazon EC2 to remote into.

          • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

            I'd still bring along the programmer's computer. Even if you can remove *replace whatever here* from a Chromebook, suppose you have no internet. You essentially have a paperweight. It's the truth, but I wish ChromeOS was more then what it is now. Now its basically a desktop environment, a browser, and apps that work with/rely on the browser.

          • mgamerz

            I never run into those situations, because I have both a hotspot on my galaxy nexus as well as wifi both at my university and at my home.
            You can also dual boot into another Linux based OS that will allow you to install IDEs as well as run Chrome OS, albeit without the auto updates. (I think). You may be able to boot from SD even.

  • mgamerz

    Preordered mine yesterday on amazon and it still hasn't shipped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Google was smart to give out the CR-48 for free, cause once that thing breaks I'm going to need to replace it with whatever they have in the Play Store since I'm addicted now lol. Though by then I may want an Asus Transformer or something.

  • JG

    Must resist urge to buy.... Must save money for Occam Razr Nexus Maxx HD.... But the geek in me so wants to get the chance to play with a Chromebook (didn't get selected for the CR-48 give away :(( )

  • Kenny O

    I'm very tempted to buy one of these for around the house, but trying to hold out for an official release date and pricing on the Nexus 10.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    I'm not all that surprised/happy for this. You are still getting the same OS, but with just different internals. This laptop is still web based, and can do very little without the internet. Personal opinions will vary, but I still believe that paying a small amount of money and getting a full featured laptop is better.

  • Bronx

    16 GIG SSD - That's all?

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      Guess so. ChromeOS does not take up that much space, and they really prefer that you store your data in the cloud.

    • mgamerz

      It has USB ports and a dedicated SDXC slot.

    • Ravengenocide

      The laptop costs $250, you got to give away something. And since it's Google, they are trying to push things into the cloud, which is why you get 100Gb of storage on Google Drive for 2 years.

  • mgamerz

    Already sold out.

  • Raphaël Briand

    I was going to comment saying that this is only available in the USA but I suppose it just goes without saying now

  • andddlay

    Saw one today. Looks really nice.

  • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

    I don't have time to read all the other comments, but can the ChromeOS Web Store finally merge into Google Play?

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