Australia to beat U.S. in the Chromebook race


Australians will be able to buy the Kogan Agora Chromebook on June 7, 8 days ahead of the U.S.

As PCWorld reports, Kogan, an Australian manufacturer, will be the first company to release a laptop running Google’s long awaited Linux-based Chromebook OS beating Samsung and Acer in the race. Feature wise, Kogan’s Chromebook, Kogan Agora, looks similar to Samsung’s Series 5 and Acer Chromebook. Kogan reports Agora will come with with 1GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), 30GB of SSD storage, a battery that will last 3.5 hours, and HDMI output and though some might find it a bigger problem than others that there is no 3g option, Kogan’s website states that you can stay online by connecting through your Android or Iphone’s hotspot functionality.

The Kogan Agora can be preordered today for $349 AUD ($375 US) but only in Australia.

The two first announced Chrome OS laptops, the Samsung Series 5 and Acer Chromebook will be available for preorder on June 15 in the U.S. For a visual tour of the Samsung Series 5 and Acer Chromebook visit PCworld‘s “Tour Google Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung”.