While officially detailing Chrome OS, the Chrome Web Store and more at its press conference earlier today, Google also spoke about a pilot project that entailed the circulation of a Chrome OS-powered 12.1-inch netbook (a rather large one) to testers, developers, journalists, students, and businesses in the United States. Called Cr-48 after the element and its isotope, the 3G-ready device will be bundled with a Verizon Wireless data plan, a sign of things to come at public launch day - though of course it does also support Wi-Fi.
It’s safe to say you can’t actually buy the Cr-48 netbook, and Google is giving it away for free, only asking for recipients’ feedback. However, regular dudes still have a chance of snagging one, and can compete to make a YouTube video of why they are the perfect tester/test subject for Google. Residents of the US could also try their luck applying for the thing, from the Chrome OS pilot program homepage, where one is warned:
The Pilot program is not for the faint of heart.
Things might not always work just right.
The 12.1-inch Cr-48 will supposedly give the fortunate user 8 hours of standby time, 8 hours of battery life, and will also boot up in around 10 seconds. Weighing 1.8 kgs, the Cr-48 netbook also has an integrated webcam, and supports 802.11n WLAN. Quirkily enough, the caps lock button is replaced by a search button on the full-sized keyboard.
Check out a video preview of the Chrome OS below: