Google has started it’s campaign for private beta testing of the Chrome OS. Unlike our regular computers, Google’s upcoming operating system requires some fairly specialized hardware which is why today, as the first step towards the public release of the Chrome OS, the company has unveiled the first laptop built specifically for this task, the Cr-48.
The Cr-48 features the following specifications:
- 12.1-inch screen.
- Full size keyboard.
- Oversized clickpad.
- Qualcomm Gobi 3G chip for Verizon data in the US, your carrier of choice internationally.
- 802.11n dual-band WiFi.
- 8+ hours of active use.
- 8+ days of standby.
- Flash storage.
And here are some gratuitous images of the Chrome OS laptop. Take a good look at the mac-ish-ly large touchpad!
Where do you get one? Just ask, it seems, as Google is giving everyone (in the U.S.) over 18 a chance to try out the new operating system via the Chrome OS Pilot Program. All you need to do is send in your application, wait and hope to get picked and wait for the laptop Google will be lending you to arrive.
I’m kinda sad because earlier today, I got this email from Google indicating that I’m eligible to receive one. Too bad I don’t live in the U.S. so I’m automatically out.
If you’re interesting in participating, just sign up via the Chrome OS Pilot Program and wish yourself luck 🙂