Samsung and Google have a new round of Chrome-powered devices headed our way, complete with a revamped UI. The Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook and Chromebox deploy Intel CPUs to provide close to three times the power as the initial run of Chrome hardware. The Chromebook can boot in seven seconds flat.
The Series 5 Chromebook features a 12.1-inch display, 4GB RAM, WiFi and 3G, an HD camera and HDMI/DVI/VGA outpouts. It’s price is a bit higher than older models at $449. The Chromebox offers a desktop experience and features a similar array of outputs as the Chromebook as well as WiFi, 4GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 and six USB ports.
The real draw here is Google’s new take on Chrome OS that moves the the operating system from a single browser to a more traditional windowed experience based around the Chrome web browser. Separate windows and web apps can run simultaneously while cloud connectivity and Google Drive offer an experience with heavy emphasis on the web.
The new devices are available today from online retailers in the US and UK and will be coming to other countries soon.