Google has been sending out a test drive version of Chrome base notebook, the Cr-48 for reviews. Cr-48 is a completely unbranded black notebook with Chrome OS that distributed to early users for feedback through a pilot program, which is in its beta version.
Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook comes with 12.1-inch display, full keyboard, trackpad, world roaming support for 3G mobile broadband with Verizon support (U.S.), 802.11n dual-band WiFi, 8+ hours of active use battery life, more than a week of standby time, webcam, and flash storage.
Owing to partnership with Verizon, the beta tester will enjoy the ‘always connected’ feature and special deal of “pay as you use 3G” option, and every month tester will get a free 100 MB of data access package. Weighing a mere 3.8 pounds, you could use Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook with over eight hours of active usage.
Verizon Wireless connection require no activation, over-age or cancellation fee, is self-activated and claims will work abroad too. A day pass will cost USD9.99, or you could buy data in chunk.Â Expect to see retail units of Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook from Acer and Samsung within next year.
Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook is designed with a leather feeling plastic surface that could mostly found on smartphones, and the trackpad is smooth and a bit large in size, but not as large as Apple’s MacBook trackpad. According to hands-on review by Ubergizmo, the Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook‘s CAPS LOCk key has been replaced by a “Search” key, a new key for faster search using Google? 😉
A fast booting feature will take less than one minute in selecting a network and login in. Base on some rumors, Google is producing 60,000 units ‘final’ version of Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook right now.
No info on pricing and availability yet.