Are Chromebooks Catching On?

Acer and Samsung may not have fared well in their attempts to sell Chromebooks, but Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is not disheartened. Rumors that Sony (NYSE:SNE) will soon release its own PC running on the Chrome OS gained traction after images from the Federal Communications Commission were made public.

The images of the Sony VAIO VCC111 Series book show there is no Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows shortcut key on the keyboard. In addition, the caps lock key has been done away with for a dedicated search button on the keyboard, a regular feature on the Chromebooks. An entry on the manual for the laptop makes it even more obvious, with the instruction “Start Chrome OS” a clear indication.

The 11.6-inch screen laptop may also be the first Chromebook to not use an Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) processor. A sticker on the bottom of the machine reads T25, which may be code for the Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) Tegra 250 T25 chip, which has a longer battery life. The laptop is 8.27 inches in depth, with the power jack, HDMI port, and audio jacks located on the left edge. Images of the right edge show an SD card reader and two USB ports. The Sony book, according to Laptop Reviews, could be priced between $299 and $400.

Samsung and Acer currently offer two versions of the Chromebook each.

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