Samsung and Google have announced their first ARM Chromebook, the Series 3, priced at £229 in the UK and $249 in the US. Great price right? But there's good reasons you might want to pick up it's Intel Series 5 sibling instead.
The machine, available today from Currys features ChromeOS (of course), an Exynos 5250 Processor, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, a 1366 x 768 11.6" display, 16GB SSD, a memory card reader, 1 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi and HDMI output. Boot time is said to be only 7 seconds while the battery should be good for over 6 hours of use.
If we look at the UK supplier of Chromebooks with the largest range, PC World, we can see that the Intel equipped Series 5 550 Chromebooks (the latest and greatest) are much more expensive at £379.99 for the WiFi version and £429.99 for the 3G version. For the original Intel devices though, the Series 5 Chromebooks, the WiFi only model is £199.99 while the 3G equipped variant is £279.99. The Series 5 machines have a higher resolution 12.1" screen (compared to the 11.6" panel on the Series 3 Chromebook) as well as a few extra ports. They're white too. ;)
Tough call right? Now factor in that there is currently £50 available by redemption on all Series 5 Chromebooks. You can also save 5% if purchasing from Currys using the 'cur5' discount code. Couple that with 2.52% cashback from Topcashback and the Intel equipped Series 5 Chromebook comes in at £135.20 which is quite ridiculous.
The ARM equipped Series 3 will certainly offer good performance, a fanless chassis, great battery life from a smaller battery than in the Intel devices and maybe even in the future an ARM Android hack but, well, it's a tough sell today.
The other question is... Chromebook or Android Tablet? What would you choose?