Google's Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop ditches the caps-lock and function keys
No caps-lock or function keys are to be found on Google's new Cr-48 Chrome OS laptops.
And no hard drive or Google branding for the blacked-out notebook computers either.
The Cr-48 will be built in limited numbers, by Acer, and sent to an even-more-limited number of approved users to test out the "work in progress" Chrome OS and provide feedback to Google on how the Web-based system works.
Anyone over 18 can apply to take part in the pilot program. No word yet on just how many Cr-48s will be made or how big the pilot program will be.
Google product manager Sundar Pichai lightheartedly said that getting rid of the caps-lock keys would improve the quality of comments on the Web.
The laptops, named for an isotope of the element Chromium, run Web-based applications and connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G wireless networks.
Because the Cr-48 will rely on the Internet to run all applications, a traditional hard drive has been ditched in favor of enough flash memory to store the software needed to connect to the Web.
The computers will feature a 12-inch display, weigh 3.8 pounds, hold about an eight-hour battery charge and boot up in 10 seconds or resume from sleep instantly.
A camera above the screen is included, as is one USB-port and a large Apple-esque trackpad.
While the Cr-48 won't be available to consumers, Acer and Samung will release other Chrome OS laptops next year, though no information has been made as of yet on exact release dates or prices.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Jessica Guynn
Photos: Google Cr-48 notebook computer. Credit: Google