The launch of Chrome OS is one of the most exciting events in the tech industry's recent history. With this OS, Google is offering up a fundamental shift in the way we view, use, and build computers. Whether or not a bunch of users will take them up on their offer remains to be seen. If these specs leaked by IBTimes for Google's flagship Chrome OS netbook are accurate, I think the odds of that happening are pretty good. First off, this premium netbook will sport a 10.1" TFT HD-ready multi-touch screen. It will pack a Tegra chipset of some sort, most likely Tegra 2. The CPU will be ARM-based, not Atom. The rest of the specs are more-or-less what you'd guess; 64 GB SSD, 2 GB of RAM, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, webcam, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a multi-card reader. Google Maps, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Voice Search will all be preinstalled. Oh, and if that all weren't enough, this netbook is going to be subsidized by Google and come with a $300 price tag (if not a little less). Those are some pretty intoxicating rumors. But are they true? Right now we're relying on the unconfirmed rumors of one website. These specs could be anything from spot-on to completely fraudulent. Personally, I'm leading towards the 'fraudulent' end of the spectrum, but just by a little. I can see Google wanting to launch a premium netbook. Nothing about the specs themselves is particularly wild, but there is just no way we will be seeing a machine like this at that price. This is easily a $700+ machine; Google would be giving it away at $300. Google is said to be selling this netbook directly, which would mean they'd be the ones subsidizing it. I can't see any sane company doing that. It's much more likely that this device would be sold for its full price by Google, and then be sold subsidized by various carriers. It's not as fun, but it's somewhat less insane.
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