Australian consumer electronics manufacturer Kogan has beaten Acer and Samsung with the launch of the first Chromium OS-based laptop, for sale in the UK. Kogan Technologies, founded in 2006 by Ruslan Kogan, is an Australian manufacturer and retailer of consumer electronics devices…selling primarily LCD TVs, LED TVs, PVR units and other electronic products. Kogan is the second company in the world (after HTC) to release a mobile phone compatible with Google’s Android operating system in 2008.
The machine will be known as the Agora 12″ Ultra Portable Laptop, packing an Intel Celeron 1.3GHz ULV processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM (upgradable to 4GB) and a 30GB internal SSD hard drive with an integrated Intel GS40 for graphics.
The Agora 12″ Ultra Portable Laptop also has a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support and various ports (3 USB, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA connections). Battery time is unfortunately clocked in at just under 3.5 hours, though it’s other “perks” offer a fair trade-off.
Kogan Agora Spec
- Intel Celeron M ULV Processor (SU2300)
- 1GB DDR2 Ram
- Google’s Chromium OS
- 30GB SATA Solid State Hard Drive
- Intel® GS40 integrated Video Card
- 11.6″ WXGA Widescreen HD LED Display Monitor
- 3 USB, Ethernet, HDMI and VGA connection
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- Approx 3.5 hours Battery Life
- Google Powered Cloud Computing
Ruslan Kogan, chief executive of Kogan said that as Google’s Chromium OS is an open source project, so progress and improvements will constantly be made to the OS. “[The Chromium] system will improve over time as new features and improvements will keep getting introduced by the open source community,” he said.
“While Chromium is still in its early stages, we know the operating system is innovative technology which represents the future of computing. It may take some getting used to for some to operate entirely in the cloud, but the massive benefits for the end user are driving acceptance of entirely web-based services,” he added.
The listed price of Kogan Agora (via their official website) is £269 in the United Kingdom and $349 Australian dollars plus postage, which ends up at around $371 and will be available only in the United Kingdom and Australia and ships direct to customers next week..