ARM Powered Chromebook by Samsung

Posted by Charbax – November 2, 2012

This is the most awesome device in the world. First Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 device on the market. I ordered 3 that I'll hopefully receive tomorrow from Amazon, and that I can video-review over several videos in the days to come. I plan to use this ARM Cortex-A15 Powered Chromebook as my main laptop for all my video-blogging work going forward. I only use YouTube video editor anyway, and I expect to have my 2TB USB3 portable 2.5" hard drives work quite fine to backup SD cards from the camera, I expect the USB Ethernet adapter to work fine, I expect the performance to be good enough also on a 720p or 1080p external 42" HDTV as external monitor with external mouse and keyboard, I expect to find FTP support, and hopefully my favorite VPN service providers (especially when I need YouTube while in China) can also be used, perhaps there's VPN support in extensions. I really look forward to see what performance and battery life optimizations can be made in the weeks and months to come. This isn't big.LITTLE yet and the battery is ultra thin and light, but I still expect/wonder if this device can be optimized utilizing full Mali-T604 hardware acceleration to reach 10 hours battery life in the months to come.

  • Marc Guillot

    I like it a lot as a hardware device.

    I will probably get one and switch his ChromeOS with Ubuntu.

  • Jasper

    Can I ask why three?

  • One for my grand-mother, one for my mother and one for me. This really is the laptop for everyone.

  • Yes it’s awesome for 11.6″. I expect there can be a 13.3″ for $299 also.

  • Jesse Lee

    Not for me that are NO GAMES ON IT or for IT. I can’t run even basic emulation at all and I can’t play open source Linux games on it AT ALL so its pretty much useless to me. Little to No Hardware Acceleration is a BIG NO NO for me as well.

  • Jesse Lee

    Now let’s put this into an HDMI stick with Linux and 3D HW Accel and it would be worthy of being awesome.

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  • I expect you can soon play all the most advanced games on Chrome OS. Someone can just release any of the most advanced games using Web GL, native code, games can partly be cached and partly stream from the cloud, game engines can be downloaded to your Chromebook while levels are streamed and cached to your device, all emulation can work, all existing PC games can be streamed from the cloud from services like on live, all those games can work fully offline, just connect external storage such as a 3TB US3 hard drive that has all the game contents stored offline, within months of this device being in the hands of millions of people worldwide, I think you can look forward to all of that and much more.

  • Yup I expect all the HDMI Sticks to support Chrome OS on ARM soon enough. The performance won’t be as good as on ARM Cortex-A15 and Mali-T604 if the HDMI Stick only has an Allwinner ARM Cortex-A8 with single-core Mali-400 or even a Rockchip dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with quad-core Mali-400 or a Freescale Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9. It’ll be interesting to see what kinds of performance optimizations the open source Chromium OS development can reach after this device gets released to millions of people worldwide.

  • CyberGusa

    So far they’ve managed to get Ubuntu and Fedora to run on it, so you don’t have to rely on how well Chrome OS is optimized. But it could be awhile before a good selection of software is optimized for the Exynos 5 but as long as the product is popular then that will eventually come…

  • Maventwo

    Hopefully, we will soon see Chromebook Ultrabooks from other makers than Samsung so the price will drop even further.

    Just think all chinese makers.

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