Get ready to inject yourselves with another dose of healthy scepticism.
According to the IBTimes, far from being the modest machine many claim is all the platform will require, the Google netbook/smartbook is prepping a spec which includes a 10.1in multi-touch HD capable display, 2GB RAM, a 64GB SSD plus WiFi, integrated 3G, Bluetooth and the obligatory webcam. Talk is also that it will eschew both AMD and Intel to run an ARM-based CPU and use the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. A potentially subsidised price of $300 is said to be the cost when bought with a network contract.
Our own take? News is slow over Christmas and virtually anything will garner headlines. With little else to discuss we're in the business of sorting the wheat from the chaff and, personally speaking, I call bullsh1t on this one. Certainly much of what is mentioned makes sense: ARM CPUs are more efficient and should make for a machine with longer battery life, ditto SSDs over HDDs not to mention their speed and boot time advantages. Integrated 3G is of great appeal too as is any talk of Tegra 2 given the impact of Ion in the netbook space.
But I call a line at a 64GB capacity drive. What's the point considering a) the price and b) isn't everything supposed to run in the Cloud? Surely that negates the point of having a lot of native storage? Furthermore, Chrome OS hardly seems like a multi-touch optimised interface and Google's reticence to even use it in Android suggests this is merely wishful thinking.
I may be proved wrong, but I doubt it.