ARM Powered Chromebooks to be released soon

Posted by Charbax – May 12, 2011

As a reply to my ARM Powered Chromebook Chrome OS notebook question posted online, the Google Chrome Team confirms that while they are focusing right now on getting the Intel Powered Samsung and Acer devices out the door on June 15th, the Chrome OS team is also working hard on ARM support and the ARM Powered Chromebooks should be released soon after. Their wording is the ARM Chromebooks are "hot on the trails" of the Intel Powered ones. This could be the first mass market ARM Powered laptop ever released.

The advantage of an ARM Powered Chrome OS device is that it is thinner, lighter, runs longer on a battery and especialy could be sold for a lot cheaper. I'm expecting the ARM Powered Chromebooks to sell below $199 for them to become the new best selling notebook platform.

  • guest

    Filed under “vaporware”

  • Filed under first ever Windows/Mac Killer.

    Filed under first ever mass market Linux laptop.

    Filed under first ever mass market ARM Powered laptop.

    Filed under cheapest laptop to make, safest, fastest, thinnest, lightest, easiest to use..

  • guest

    Mandatory 3 year contract. FAIL.

  • Where does it say it’s a 3 years contract? And if it means 1 free hardware upgrade per year and at least 1GB 3G bandwidth included per month it might not matter much.

  • guest

    Disclaimer: as an owner of an Android phone, a Cr-48 and a rooted nook color tablet running honeycomb, I would love for Google to launch ARM chromebooks, but I still think it is vaporware, since the hardware manufacturers are forcing their hand.

  • guest

    You comment so much on engadget. you should read their articles once in a while 😛

  • If the hardware manufacturers get to keep $100 more for themselves selling these expensive Intel powered Chromebooks, why would it be vaporware, I think the manufacturer like Samsung and Acer want to sell more Chromebooks since that means they get to keep more of the profit margins. The margins on Intel netbooks running Windows 7 starter are much smaller. They save not only the $30 Windows 7 starter licence, there’s also the price of that 250GB hard drive and some other hardware optimizations that they can save on.. The carrier also should prefer trying to sell these Chromebooks on contracts, even though it does turn them into dumb data pipes, they can make a lot of money selling overage bandwidth on-demand and maybe also get a revenue share with Google on all online advertising and online shopping as payments also for the Chrome Web Store can be going through carrier billing.

  • guest

    Here is a certain “charbax” confirming with “high authority” from Jan 2011 about the impending release of ARM Google TVs 😛

    more vaporware

  • guest

    You need not convince me, I know it is a good idea. I am not convinced Google will do it.

  • Yesterday they confirmed the merger of Android, Honeycomb and Google TV into one code release, already starting with Honeycomb 3.1 which is being released now on tablets and to Google TV devices this summer. That basically means Google TV on ARM, also it’s been leaked since then that Samsung wants to use their own ARM Processors for when they release Google TV:

  • Kicking Microsoft/Apple/Intel/HP’s ass is why Larry Page wants to be the CEO now, that’s what I think. Why should they give up on that opportunity.

  • Pug_ster

    I remember seeing a screenshot of Windows 8 ARM version about a month ago. I think I will wait for Microsoft to release an OS based on ARM before Apple or Google.

  • Warrenbzf

    The prices will come down after they saturate the “first buyer” market and they want to start vacuuming up all the poorer masses who want these. They will continue to profit because producing more will bring prices down. This has the advantage of decreasing the chance of accidentally producing way too many for demand.

  • Yup, rumor has it that Microsoft has 1000 engineers rushing forward with Windows 8 on ARM, that’s really going to be fun too. I wonder if Microsoft designs Windows 8 on ARM more like some kind of Azure OS, cloud centric OS, with all those cloud management services, lots of HTML5 centric stuff and more.

  • guest

    Your logic is confusing. Intel is already working on porting Honeycomb to x86

    Google TV = Honeycomb might still run on Intel hardware.

  • Of course Intel will try to port Android for their processor, but Android is always going to run better and make more sense on ARM than x86.

  • VG

    it will be intel powered laptop

  • They confirm in the video the ARM Powered Chromebook is coming.

  • VG

    yes, but announced samsung and acer coming with intel

  • I don’t get the ‘why’ of “x86 first”. Google TV seems “x86 first”, and now, so seems Chrome. But it doesn’t make sense.

    Unless there’s a real large money-bag involved. To me it seems Intel is buying into Google in the same way Microsoft bought into Nokia.

    Which is pretty sad, as I’m sure ARM-chromebooks might have a battery life of 10 hours; even without PixelQi screen.

    Seems Intel is pooping their pants and are very afraid they’ll miss the ‘mobile-devices’ boat; so therefore they’re throwing lots of cash at it.

  • Why would anyone want a laptop that can just go online. What about games and movies? I like software and I like having a real os!

  • Perhaps sadly, most of today’s innovation happens only after big bags of money are put on the tablet by someone who has big bags of money. Probably that a big part of the reason Android is so successful is because a range of big-money companies have decided to put those big-money bags on the table to support and use the platform. Getting Samsung, Acer on board for Chromebook is a big deal, Acer doesn’t have much of an ARM strategy yet, and Samsung may not be ready with Exynos in Chromebook just yet, or may be ready like 2 months later or something.

    The Intel CEO Paul Otelinni is on the board of directors at Google, and Google is Intel’s biggest server processor customer. And server processors are a big part of Intel’s future income. So I am sure there might be some rebates on server hardware going on on one side when Google gives Intel a chance to prove some kind of exclusive value in the Google TV and Chromebook space.

    For ARM, it can also be somehow good to see Intel fail with Google TV and possibly with Chromebook, that would make it even more impressive and convincing that ARM is the solution for everything if then ARM versions of Google TV and Chromebook come out right after and prove to bring those platforms to commercial success.

  • Why do you want to hang on to software schemes from the previous century? Good software today uses the Internet and is on the Internet.

    And actually, Chrome OS allows full offline functionality. Web apps are downloaded to your Chromebook and can run offline, and your data is automatically synchronized when you get back online.

    With Native Client and WebGL in the browser, and stuff like WebM, super fast Javascripts, notifications, one could actually imagine that web apps can do pretty much everything previous century static apps could do, and in many cases, the web apps are much more powerful.

    Imagine editing a HD video using a cool HD video editing web app. You’d need a fast upload connection to upload your native HD video files to the cloud, but once they are there, you can use the power of 1000 or more servers to grid render all your video files. Meaning you can encode and upload a video about 1000x faster using the cloud based web app than using Final Cut or Avid.

  • Didn’t knew Otellini is on board of Google, now I get the picture I think.

    On the other hand, I don’t think Intel can offer the performance/m2 which ARM can offer.As you probably know, Calxeda offers 480 Cortex A9 cores inclusive DRAM, using only 600 Watt (link).Google has a huge electricity bill, so in the long run I think going ARM is cheaper than receiving bags of money from Intel.

    Moreover, it seems even Apple might go ARM for their MacBooks.So if Intel wants to remain in the game, they’ll have to buy both Google and Apple I suggest. Add Acer, and Intel is in for an expensive task.

    At the same time – Samsung is trying to become less dependent on Apple and be a “better foundry” for customers beyond Apple. They’re trying not to rely on Apple for selling Exynos, but they build devices themselves. So yet another popular smarpthone / tablet player which doesn’t need Intel.

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  • Yes I am sure Google is the one investing most in experimenting with ARM powered servers, but of course they probably try to do it secretly and quietly for now so Intel doesn’t feel offended.

    Google has literally millions of Intel powered servers running right now all over the world.

    There is one solution for Intel, it’s simply to licence ARM again, Intel could make a custom ARM or use Cortex-A15 and combine that with Intel’s worlds best semiconductor facilities, Intel could probably be the top selling ARM processor maker. The only thing that prevents Intel from choosing that path too abruptly is that it would mean for them a gigantic disruption of their own business model, it means Intel suddenly accepts to compete with the ARM competitors in the same space, it means Intel suddenly can’t continue to try to push their “near-monopoly” on PC/Server processors.

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  • guest


    Fact vs Charbax fantasy

    Digitimes reporting that not just Chromebooks, but Android also is gonna run on Intel silicon

  • The fact is every attempt by Intel to do UMPC, to power Google TV have been miserable failures for Intel. So while Google is playing nice and not trying to block Intel from getting access to any of its software, Google will now focus mostly on supporting ARM Powered devices, on Smartphones, Tablets, now on Google TV and even on the Chromebook.

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  • Level380

    I guess your def of “released soon” and mine are not the same…… 6 months later and still nothing!

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