Google seems to be getting its hands on everything it can. Google will be launching its own Chrome notebook sometime next year. The Chrome laptop will be released first to a select number of businesses and “beta” testers to play with before it’s made available to the public in mid-2011.
Companies like Virgin America, Logitech, and even the Department of Defense will be using the beta version of the Chrome netbook (dubbed CR-48), which will likely come with a 12.1-inch display, a full-sized keyboard, 3G access, and a webcam for video chatting, but the good news is, you may also have a chance to test drive the beta version of the Chrome notebook.
More details about the Chrome notebook include:
No hard drives (flash storage).
No caps lock keys.
No control keys.
Verizon is offering 100MB of free data per month for the first two years you own a Chrome notebook, contract-free.
While the beta testing model of the Chrome, the notebook (CR-48) will be brand-less, black, nondescript, and not for sale, Google will be working to design a purchase-ready notebook after the beta testing period has ended. There’s been no pricing or solid availability date mentioned yet.