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Just thought I'd toss out a comparison between these two new devices and see what happens. I think reading through this is very apparent the Chromebook is a far better choice for hardware in everyway except touchscreen AND its 1/2 the price. I mean CPU and GPU are far better and everything else is equal.

Software is debateable as Chromebook is well, Chrome with tons of apps through their store and full internet (office suite through Google Docs, can be saved as any MSOffice doc). Windows RT is similar to Windows but clearly not identical. So far its software will be gimped as compared to Windows (or other tablets Android/iOS).

For games, it should be obvious Chromebook has better potential (latest tech & DX11). However, that will really depend on what Google does with their game offerings in store next year. Last May they stated 2013 would be a big push in gaming.

What's your opinion?

Feature Samsung Chromebook MS Surface RT
OS Google ChromeOS Windows RT
Screen Size 11.6" (1366x768) HD 10.6" (1366x768) HD multi-touch
Weight 2.4lbs or 1.1kg 1.5lbs (not including keyboard)
Storage 16GB SSD (standard and upgradeable) 32GB or 64GB (built-in)
CPU Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Core
1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A15
64kb L1 cache
4mb L2 cache
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad core (T30)
1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9
64kb L1 cache
1mb L2 cache
GPU

Quad-Core
ARM Mali T-604 MP4
256mb L2 cache
OpenGL ES 1.1 & 2 & 3
DirectX 11
Mali 400 = 10.8GFLOPS at 300MHz*

520 MHz ULP GeForce
12-cores
OpenGL ES 2
7.2GFLOPS at 300MHz*
RAM 2GB DDR3
32 bit 800MHz bus
2GB DDR3
32 bit 750MHz bus
Battery life 30 W-h
"up to 6.5hrs"
31.5 W-h
Networking wifi n
Bluetooth 3
wifi n
Bluetooth 4
Expansion

USB 3
USB 2
HDMI
SD Card

USB 2
"HD Video out port" (not HDMI)
SD Card

Camera Front VGA 720p HD (front and rear)
Price $249
32GB SSD $40+
64GB SSD $60+
$499 (32GB)
$599 (32GB w/ touch keyboard)
$629 (32GB w/ keypress keybaord)
$699 (64GB w/ touch keyboard)
Appearance Laptop Tablet or ~laptop w/ detachable touch keybaord ($120)

*GPU comparison - This is actually with the Mali 400, a lower-end Mali GPU and is where I pulled the GFLOPS data above from. The newer T-604 simply blows away the Tegra3's GPU.
*http://reviewresults.in/reviewresults/post/2012/07/13/Mali-400-vs-Tegra-3.aspx



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Wait so the Chromebook is a laptop and not a tablet?

phenom08 said:
Wait so the Chromebook is a laptop and not a tablet?

yes... I'm comparing as one of the best features of either Surface option is that keyboard option making it a real laptop replacement vs other tablets.



superchunk said:
phenom08 said:
Wait so the Chromebook is a laptop and not a tablet?

yes... I'm comparing as one of the best features of either Surface option is that keyboard option making it a real laptop replacement vs other tablets.

Oh cool I didn't know that, I would take the Chromebook personally. Thats a hell of a lovely price tag.



Surface slate FTW , Cause i can't chrome or it 's maker.

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Does Chromebook run full android OS. It might be good option for starter laptop than.

I'm getting that Chromebook  when it's out! ^_^

I spent a lot of time waiting for the proper tablet. Windows RT is nice but the price of Surface and other RT tablets have disappointed me. The Nexus 7 was the only real tablet I strongly considered. When I saw this last week, I made up my mind.

Ive been looking for a while to replace my aging laptop and didn't want to spend more than $400. The Asus Infinity Pad is phenomenal, and the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 seemed to be the best at their price point, or any price point for that matter. For the moment Chrome OS seems unbeatable for a laptop replacement, and for $205 or $250 you can't beat it!






e=mc^2

green_sky said:
Does Chromebook run full android OS. It might be good option for starter laptop than.


Chrome OS is not Android. It's a simplistic OS that does all tasks that the average consumer would need to do (Homework, email, and browsing). It does require internet connection though.

It may visiually look like Windows, but it is different. No windows program will run on it.



e=mc^2

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Solid-Stark said:
green_sky said:
Does Chromebook run full android OS. It might be good option for starter laptop than.


Chrome OS is not Android. It's a simplistic OS that does all tasks that the average consumer would need to do (Homework, email, and browsing). It does require internet connection though.

It may visiually look like Windows, but it is different. No windows program will run on it.

I was looking at Nexus 7 for my little cousin but i might look into this one now. The keyboard is certainly a bonus. Will have to see if it has an offline mode when not around internet. 

Thanks for answering.