London - Believe it or not - the tech specs of the rumoured Google Chrome OS-based netbook are already out and by the sound of it, the netbook looks to me like a high performance machine.
Even as rumours grow that Google has tapped several hardware manufacturers about making its netbook as per its specifications and design and has sent out RFPs (request for proposal), tech bloggers have already begun speculating about the netbook's specs.
The Google netbook, it is reported, will run on Chrome OS (what else?) and will boast of a chipset from Nvidia's Tegra line and it will be powered by an ARM CPU (which reportedly performs better than Intel Atom and consumes less power).
It is also rumoured that the netbook will sport a 10.1-inch TFT HD-ready multi-touch display, and would come with 64GB SSD (mind you, not HDD), 2GB RAM and other bells and whistles such as WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, USB ports, webcam, 3.5mm audio jack, multi-card reader, etc.
The netbook, which is expected to launch in the holiday season of 2010, will reportedly also come with preinstalled Google apps such as Google Map, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calender and Google Search by Voice.
According to market rumours, the Google netbook will be subsidised (the device will reportedly sport a sub-$300 price tag) and sold directly to consumers by Google. However, in some countries like the US, Google will tie up with one or more network operators and sell it as part of a bundled 3G plan, making it a potential rival of Nokia Booklet 3G.
Now if all of these are true, it's like getting a Ferrari for the price of a Mini Cooper. What do you say, folks? Leave your comments below.