Here's The Cr-48, The First Chrome OS Laptop You Can Never Buy

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This is the first Chrome OS laptop. It's called the Cr-48, comes unbranded, and isn't for sale. That's because the Cr-48 is a test notebook that's part of the Google Chrome OS Pilot Program. Too bad, I'd buy one of these.

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Think of the Cr-48 as a reference design for future retail Chrome OS laptops. Here are the Cr-48's specs:

• 12.1-inch screen
• Full size keyboard
• Oversized clickpad
• 3G/Wi-Fi/Flash Storage
• Webcam
• 3.8 pounds
• 8 hours of "active" use and 7 days of standby
• Has a search button instead of a caps lock button

I love the unbranded look of the Cr-48 and can't help but think I'll be disappointed when the retail Chrome OS laptops (from Acer, Samsung) roll in around mid-2011. [Chrome OS Pilot Program]

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Looks nice, though one USB port is a little tight. I suppose you are supposed to use the cloud for everything, so peripherals are dead?

Also, 3.8 pounds seems a bit heavy to me. I know it is light compared to full sized laptops, but I have to compare it to netbooks. My gold standard is still the Dell Mini 9 (2.2 lbs). I know this has a bigger screen, but the MBA has pulled off a weight under 3 lbs with much more inside. I feel like they could have gotten this at least down to 3 lbs with only an Atom and some flash memory inside.

I suppose it is a reference model and should be considered such. I just like the idea of a netbook being as absolutely light as possible.

While I'm here: Does anyone know how much flash memory is inside? I can imagine them going very low with a stripped down OS meant for the cloud.