First Google Chromium OS laptop goes on sale

Google's Chromium OS has materialised on the Kogan Agora, priced in at just £269, it becomes the first piece of hardware to ship with the operating system. 

Somewhat confusingly Chromium OS is the open source development version of Google's Chrome OS. Being open source means it is a constant work in progress, so expect the odd bug. 

The Kogan Agora is powered by a 1.30 Intel Celeron M and boasting 1GB of RAM, with a 30GB solid state drive for local storage. Chromium OS is based entirely on the cloud so don't expect to be storing many documents locally, do however consider investing in a MiFi if you want to keep working on the go.

Despite being little more than a web browser, the Kogan Agora is only reported to manage about 3.5 hours of battery when not being charged. The laptop also has a webcam, 12" display and weighs just 1.32 kg. Portable then.

Pocket-lint spent 7 days living entirely in the cloud last week, using nothing but a Chrome OS laptop to work with. To clarify, Chromium is a piece of development software and not released officially by Google. Chrome OS however is that which we will see shipping with the Google stamp of approval on laptops made by Samsung and Acer. Confusing, eh?

Cloud? Or local storage? We want to know!