As release of the final version of Chrome OS approaches details of the first notebooks powered by Google's cloud-centric operating system are starting to emerge. Just yesterday a Chrome OS bug report dug up by Macles shed some light on an upcoming Acer machine (codenamed ZGB) that will apparently carry a 1366 x 768 panel, presumably in the 10 to 12-inch range, support HDMI out and will be powered by an Intel Atom processor. That's as detailed as the story gets, unfortunately.
In addition, a similar Chromium bug report was spotted today by Dutch website Chrome Nieuws, this time depicting a notebook from Samsung dubbed "Alex" in Google's code repository. The machine is said to feature a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, a SanDisk solid-state drive (storage capacity is not mentioned), 1280 x 800 resolution, Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, a webcam, Bluetooth, and a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card.
There's been speculation that Google may sell Chrome OS devices to customers using a subscription-based model, but may also partner with retailers and carriers to make the devices available for a one-time payment. Hopefully we'll hear more details at the Google I/O conference next month in San Francisco.