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Kogan the Shogun brings out the big one: Chromium OS PC

Ruslan Kogan has whipped out the shuriken and has sent several of them in the direction of world's incredibly tardy PCs makers, beating them to the podium with a Chromium OS-powered Agora Laptop launch.

Kogan has beaten the world's brand-name PC makers by being first in the world to release an actual laptop powered by Google's Chromium OS, which is 'available for sale and ready to be dispatched'. 

It's going on sale 'today' in Australia and the UK, the two countries where Kogan has set up an official presence, with a $349 price in Australia and a £269 for Brits.

Full specs are on page two, but some key specs are an 11.6-inch screen, a 1.3GHz Celeron M ULV processor, 1GB of RAM, approx. 3.5 hours of battery life and a 30GB SSD (solid state drive) with a 4.5-second boot up time.

Never one for silence, Ruslan Kogan said the world-first product was 'testament to Kogan's efficiency and agility.'

The courageous and proactive Mr Kogan continued: "We've been able to beat the rest of the world to bring the first commercially available laptop running Google's Chromium OS.

"Google's Chromium OS is an open source project, making it a constant work in progress. This means the system will improve over time and new features and improvements will keep getting introduced by the open source community.

"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.

"What we've found from talking to our customers is that many of them are already using cloud services without even realising it. They're uploading photos to services like Flickr, storing all their contacts in Gmail, and even hosting files on DropBox.

"Loading up a laptop with Google's open source software can be strange at first. However it's clear that everyone from casual users to pros are embracing cloud services with all their personal computing needs.

Mr Kogan's comments continue on page two, where full specs can also be found - please read on!

Ruslan Kogan continues:

'The real beauty is that no matter which Chromium powered computer you're on anywhere in the world, it will appear exactly as you expect, tailored to your needs. Google is also working hard to ensure that Chrome integrates seamlessly with all Android based devices.

"Samsung and Acer announced Chromebooks based on Chromium OS last month, but we've beaten them to market. Kogan is the most agile consumer electronics manufacturer in the world. We react faster to market trends than anyone else.

"The first Kogan Agora Laptops powered by Google's Chromium OS will be in customer's hands next week and we're very excited. Our business has already been operating entirely in the cloud for years!" Kogan said.

More info on Google's Chromium OS can be found here.

The Australian link to the Kogan Agora Chromium Laptop is here, while this link will take you to the UK page.

Here are the full specs!

Model Number:        KALTP12CHRAA
Processor:               Intel Celeron M ULV Processor (SU2300) - 1M Cache, 1.30 GHz, 800 MHz FSB
Memory:                 1GB DDR2 Ram (support up to 4GB)
Operating System:    Google's Chromium OS
Hard Drive:              30GB SATA Solid State Hard Drive
Video Card:              Intel GS40 integrated (Shared memory - 256MB)
Sound:                    HD Audio, Built-In 2 speakers and 1 Microphone
Monitor:                  11.6" WXGA Widescreen HD LED Display
Resolution:              1366 x 768 (16:9)
Webcam:                 1.3M
Wireless Card:          802.11 B/G/N
Bluetooth:                Built in
Card Reader:            3-in-1 (SD/MMC/MS Pro)
Security:                  Kensington Lock
Keyboard:                78 keys with 19.05mm key pitch and 2.0±0.5mm key stroke

USB:                        3
LAN:                        1
Microphone:             1

Headphone:              1
VGA:                        1
HDMI:                      1


Capacity:                  4 Cell, 4600mAh
Type:                       Polymer
Battery Life:             Approx 3.5 hours
AC:                         AC 110~240V, DC 19V @ 65W AC Adapter

Weight & Dimensions
Dimensions approx:      W:29.0cm x D:19.5cm x H:2.56cm
Weight (net) approx:    1.32kg
Weight (gross) approx: 1.52kg

What's In The Box:     

Kogan Agora Laptop
Power Cable
Link to User Manual



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