Details of Samsung’s first official Chrome OS netbook, dubbed Alex, have surfaced in Google’s code storeroom. According to the Chrome OS development site, the Alex Netbook is powered with a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 processor and sport 2GB of RAM. A SanDisk solid-state hard drive of an unknown capacity, a Wi-Fi, front-facing webcam, a 1280 X 800 pixel display resolution, accelerating a Bluetooth along with support for 3G cellular connectivity, Ethernet port and a Synaptics TouchPad will also be included.
Samsung Alex Chrome is outfitted with Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G WWAN connectivity and also with a SanDisk SSD P4. The gadget also features a Synaptics Touchpad. This is something really new to see.
As stated earlier, it features a 1280 x 800 display and has a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 wireless module for Bluetooth. The notebook Alex runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor. Other specs include Synaptics Touchpad, VGA output, 2GB of RAM, Namuga webcam, USB ports and of course, Chrome OS. Technical prop up is provided by including an embedded controller SMSC and a two of Macronix flash chips. There is also a P4 board SanDisk SSD for storage and the audio is provided by the Realtek ALC272 codec.
What’s not so good?
The screen of the Samsung Alex is not that large when compared to other laptops available in the market. Moreover, Samsung could have given a little extra RAM.
Price and Availability
There is still not a word on the pricing and availability as of now. More niceties are expected to be exposed at the Company’s IO conference on May 11.
If priced sensibly, Alex might turn out to be a competitive product and could give its competitors a hard competition. The world strongly needs a substitute to windows, which has more than a 90 percent in PC ( laptop, desktop, net book) OS market share. Alex will bring down the cost of costlier tablets, like the iPad and Xoom, for sure.