CES 2010 – Any Chrome OS surprises to come?
CES 2010 is only a few days away and we are all anticipating leaks and announcement from all the world technology leaders. The big questions remain though, at least questions that we are concerned with. These are; “When is Chrome OS coming out (exactly)” and most of all, “what kinds of devices should we expect it to come with and at what prices”.
Unfortunately it seems unlikely that any of these questions will be answered as of yet by Google. They seem to be tight lipped and may not reveal much more for the next few months.
In related news though it seems as if the netbook market will experience a boom in terms of consumer choice. Most Notably HP has stepped up with some exceedingly cheap netbooks. Unfortunately we are left drooling as Google’s Chrome OS requirements such as SSD’s e.t.c. may render these new juicy devices unusable on the upcoming operating system. Never the less ‘Slash Gear’ reports on the leaked HP netbooks:
The netbooks are the HP Mini 210 ($279.99) and HP Mini 210 HD ($329.99), each using Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, GMA 3150 graphics, WiFi b/g and up to 250GB storage. The HD Edition will add in Broadcom’s Crystal HD video chipset, for accelerated high definition video. A Compaq-branded version, the Compaq Mini CQ10 will have the same 10.1-inch display, N450 CPU, GMA 3150 graphics, WiFi b/g and 6-cell battery, for $259.99. As for the HP Pavilion dv4i ($784.99), that has a 14-inch display, with Intel’s “latest processor”, a flush-fitting LCD and fingerprint reader. Other than that, specifications are unknown.
Finally we see the much anticipated updates to the Atom processor. What do you think about these specs. Are netbooks still anaemic, or are they beginning to move in the right direction?