Chromebooks are known to come in two different hardware configurations, one by Acer and the other by Samsung. Based on display size (I have a 12.1″ screen) and built-in 3G modem, my unlabeled device seemed at first to be the Samsung type. But not quite: I have standard VGA, not mini-VGA like the Samsung Chromebook. And I have only one USB port.
So if this Chromebook is not Acer and not-quite-Samsung, what is it?
Peeling back the gift wrapping:
So, what can we spot here? I googled the part numbers:
I saved the best for last. Meet the brains:
To totally geek out here, we can look at the Intel NM10 chipset architecture:
So that’s what we actually have under the hood. This device has been called the CR-48, or, if you prefer, the “Limited Edition Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook”. There’s a few resources that have been setup for talking about the device (including a Google Site called “CR-48ite“), but I’ve been bothered by how information across these resources doesn’t seem very consistent.