The good folks at iSuppli have gotten their hands on one of the new Samsung Google laptops dubbed Chromebooks. The firm says the machines, sold for $499, cost about $334 to make.
“The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook is every bit a full-sized notebook PC—just don’t call it that,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst, competitive analysis, at IHS. “Featuring Google’s Chrome operating software, the Chromebook represents the search giant’s first commercial implementation of its web-centric vision designed to entice users to move away from standalone computers to the network storage medium known as the cloud. But as much as Google would like to de-emphasize the role of user hardware, it is the hardware, in fact, that defines the Chromebook and will determine the success of the platform.”
-iSuppli press release, June 14, 2011
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