Acer Announces DX241H – First Chrome OS Device
Today Acer is said to have announced their plans to release the first ever Chrome OS powered device which is surprisingly a monitor (rather than the netbook we’ve all been expecting). It’s unsurprising though that Acer has been so quick to make this announcement as they have been agitating to be the first company on the market with a Chrome OS powered gizmo. The device will be called the DX241H and will go on sale latter on this year.
The German website ‘Heise‘ revealed a few of the specifications of the monitor. They explain that the monitor will cost roughly €299. It will sport a 24-inch 16:9 display in the usual full-HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixel. It will also come with the expected HDMI and VGA connection and will sport stereo speakers. The DX241H will be on sale in Germany to begin with but it is unclear if Acer has plans to start selling in other countries.
The versatility of Chrome OS
This news comes as not only a big surprise but rather an eye opener as to the versatility of Google’s Chrome OS. Heise describes the DX241H as an ‘All-in-one PC’ which is indeed interesting; after-all isn’t that what Google TV is supposed to be? Already it seems as if Google’s 3 major platforms are heading for some nasty collisions. Android is already encroaching into the netbook market, and Chrome OS seems to be encroaching the TV/monitor market. It will be interesting to see how Google will draw the lines between all these great platforms.
As we mentioned earlier, this story was just breaking and we were still scrambling around to find the most up to date information. It seems like this device will not feature Chrome OS but rather the Chrome Browser. It is yet unclear how Acer plans to achieve this.
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