Samsung Teases Chrome OS-Powered Chromebox at Google I/O

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As part of Google’s ongoing Google I/O conference this week, the company helped Samsung unveil an all new Chrome-powered notebook with a revolutionary new subscription plan for business and education users. In the background, however, was briefly mentioned the enigmatic Chromebox, about which little is known.

Samsung Chromebox

Both of the companies remained mum on any other aspects of the Chromebox, but taking a look at the two (soon-to-be) available Chromebooks, we can get an idea of what beats inside the heart of the sleek looking unit:

  • 12.1″ (1280×800) 300 nit Display
  • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • 8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad
Both Samsung and Acer have products with almost the same specifications – which means that the Chromebox, given Chrome’s limited minimum requirements, likely has similar specifications and functionality. Video-out will likely be handled by HDMI and/or VGA out, with USB 2.0 ports for attaching keyboards and mice. The CPU is very likely the same Dual-core Atom. 
Prices for the Chromebox are nowhere to be found, but it’s unlikely to be more than one of the Chromebooks, so a $199 or $249 MSRP seems reasonable. As soon as we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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