Cr-48: The first Google Chrome OS notebook detailed

Google has announced its first Chrome OS netbook, called the Cr-48, at its event on Tuesday in San Francisco.

The new device, which will have no branding whatsoever, will be available on a pilot programme. It will feature a 12.1-inch screen, a full size QWERTY keyboard, allowing people to experience the operating system before it becomes officially launched for the public.

Other features will include a oversized clickable touchpad, World-mode 3G capabilities via Verizon (there is no subscription), and 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi capabilities.

The device will also offer 8 hours of active use, and 8 days of standby. There will also be a webcam. However, there won't be any caps-lock key.

Google has said that although the device will be unbranded, companies like Acer and Samsung have confirmed that they are making dedicated Chrome OS devices in the future.

Users will be able to apply via the web to be apart of the pilot programme as well as submitting a YouTube video to prove their worth. 

Google has said that it has been using the devices internally for the last six months and that people who are lucky enough to get on the programme will be able to jailbreak the device from the get go. 

Users lucky enough to get on that programme will have their device by January.



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