Sony seems to want to claim a spot in the Chromeworld with its Chromebook, The Sony VAIO VCC111. If the “start Chrome OS” part in the manual is not a clear indicator that this is indeed a Windows machine Ultrabook, the keyboard says all it needs to. With only the Ctrl and Alt keys on the low left side—sans the Windows key—we get another indicator that proves this is a Google Chrome OS machine.
With the VAIO Chromebook, we get the power connecting jack, microphone jack, headphone jack, and HDMI port on the laptop’s left side. On the right side, we have two USB ports and an SD card slot.
While the back view is simply a chrome-reflection decor, the front of the laptop provides a light indicator to tell whether the device is on or off. On the bottom of the laptop, we have a removable battery and the usual Chrome recovery method for wi-fi router or modem resetting.
It is still not sure of the internal specifications, but based on its user manual, the display measures at 11.6″ Samsung screen, it has an Nvidia Tegra 250 T25 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.
- Processor: Nvidia Tegra 250 T25 1.2GHz ARM-based processor (?)
- Screen: 11.6″ diagonal, produced by Samsung
- OS: Chrome OS
- Memory: 2GB RAM (?)
- Ports: two USB 2.0, SD card reader, headphone port, microphone port, HDMI
- Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth
- Storage: SSD – 16GB (?)
Google released the browser platform Chrome OS in 2011, where you can download all applications and games in The Google Chrome Web Store. Since Samsung and Acer have been other manufacturers to release Chromebooks, it could be considered a win for Google if Sony jumps on the same boat.
Prices for Chromebooks range for $299 – $400, and since VAIO Chromebook does not seem to offer any special features, we could expect something of the same price point. Nonetheless, there is no official report concerning the Chromebook from Sony so far.