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Samsung and Acer announce Google Chromebooks

New laptops running Google's Chrome OS

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 laptop

Samsung has announced the first laptop to run Google’s Chrome OS, but Acer is hot on its heels

Samsung and Acer have both announced they’ll be launching Chromebooks this summer – laptops running the Google Chrome operating system (OS).

Rather than store information locally on the laptop’s hard drive, the Google Chrome OS is cloud-based so software and documents are stored online.

Google Chrome OS

Find out more about Chrome OS in our Chrome OS preview

Samsung claims that this cloud-based form of operating system is safer, as only the Chromebook itself is lost when it is stolen or damaged rather than any sensitive documents.

Acer Chromebook

Acer will also launch a 3G and wi-fi and a wi-fi only Chromebook this summer, but exact UK pricing is yet to be confimred

Samsung also claims that it improves the start up time of the devices, boasting that the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook can boot up in less than ten seconds.

Read our lab-based laptop reviews to see how Samsung and Acer laptops perform

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will be available in the UK on June 24. The 3G and wi-fi model will sell for around £400, while the wi-fi only version will sell for around £350.

There’s not yet any word on UK pricing or availability of the Acer Chromebooks.

Samsung and Acer Chromebook specification compared

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook vs Acer Chromebook
Spec Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Acer Chromebook
Screen size 12.1-inch 11.6-inch
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1366 x 768
Storage 16GB SSD 16GB SSD
Processor Intel Atom 1.66Ghz Dual-Core Intel Atom 1.66Ghz Dual-Core
Memory 2GB 2GB
Claimed battey life 8.5 hours 6 hours
Weight 1.50kg 1.35Kg
Web 3G or 3G and wi-fi 3G or 3G and wi-fi

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