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Samsung, HP To Launch All-In-One Chrome PCs This Year?

xjagvmml_embeded_image_3Digitimes, the oracle of technology future, has spoken: more all-in-one Chrome OS PCs are on the way, this time from Samsung and HP. 

Admittedly, the site has a sort of ‘throw everything we hear in the air and hope some of it sticks’ approach to reporting, but their latest prediction is based on tidbits thrown their way from ‘industry sources’ and ‘supply chain contacts’ near China. They’re passing on what they claim to hear; no harm in that.

Specifically, the site say they’ve heard from sources that:

“Samsung …will launch three Chrome OS-based devices including AIO PCs [this year]”

In addition, Hewlett Packard (HP) will also launch their own model, likely based off an existing Pavilion/Touchsmart model.

Probability? Quite High, Actually

If true, the companies would be following in the footsteps of LG who launched an all-in-one Chrome OS PC, ‘Chromebase’, earlier this year.

But is it likely? Chromebooks continue to fly off the shelves in consumer, education and enterprise sectors thanks to their low price, capable hardware and robust security. The new ASUS Chromebox has sold out on Amazon US, proving that the appetite for a conventional PC running the OS and pitched at the right price is there.

Samsung and HP would do well to be canny here; the LG Chromebase is a nice bit of kit but it is overpriced for what it offers.

Digitimes continue:

“In the US education market…the market share for Microsoft Windows in the K12 sector has dropped from about 50% to below 30%, while that for Chrome OS has risen from below 5% to nearly 20%…because Chrome OS is cheaper and ships faster.”

The latter reason could be one of catalysts behind the purported free version of Windows, ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’, that’s on the horizon. This initiative will, it’s claimed, be offered to PC makers for free or at a reduced licensing cost to boost adoption. It’s also been mooted that users may be offered it as a free upgrade, too.

 Samsung, HP all-in-one PCs: would you buy them?

  • Na7noo7

    Im still in love with the chromebase.

  • Stephen Mitchell

    Absolutely I would buy a Chromebase if priced appropriately. I already do most of my work in Google Docs on my Chromebook but a 24 inch Chromebase without a touchscreen (IMO Chrome OS is not optimised for touch properly), an i3 or i5 and 4GB RAM for under £400 would sorely tempt me.

    • Na7noo7

      The chromebase will be priced $400 Maybe. You could get £299 for a chromebase.

      • Stephen Mitchell

        Even better ;)

        • Na7noo7

          So. Will you plan on getting one instead of the new chromebook?

  • James Welbes

    “the LG Chromebase is a nice bit of kit but it is overpriced for what it offers.”

    how much does it cost? is it available for purchase?

    • Na7noo7

      It costs $599 in australia. And its probably available to purchase in April-May or something.
      Probably $499 USD.

      • view2share

        $350 and on sale at Newegg for $329 right now, as in 6/5/14. I bet it sells out !

  • Mohan

    How great would these be for Internet Cafes.

    • Na7noo7

      A ChromeBOOK would be good for that. These would be good for home, work, or even at a school.

      • Dragonbite

        I think he means the Cafe uses these to provide a device people can log in from so the owner doesn’t have to worry about maintenance, upkeep, etc.

        Plus be good if you can make it easily or routinely reset the hard drive daily.

  • Joe Montfort

    I hope they hurry up. I know some people who would love a Chrome OS AIO…

  • David

    I see this being a great desktop solution for people of all different types and experience levels when it comes to computers. Personally I would love to replace my old Windows desktop (which really is just taking up space anymore), and replace it with a no-nonsense workstation like a Chromebase where I can write, code, etc. without the annoyances of having a huge monitor and a tower taking up space. I hope this catches on, because I will definitely buy if a company makes a nice (and inexpensive) model.

  • Anonymoused

    I already have a desktop PC and a Chromebook, but I find these VERY tempting. They’re very nice, and VERY affordable. The beautiful monitor could be a 3rd input for my PC if only I had the desktop space..
    Is it awful that now I don’t quite have a need for this, but still want it?

    • Na7noo7

      I still want it. Beautiful keyboard.

  • WasWondering

    I hope some TV manufacture (samsung, LG, sony) will make 80″ TV that have chromeOS inside it.

  • Diego Deleon

    I really wish I could completely move to Chrome OS, but the inefficacy of google docs, doesnt allow me, It is incredible how a tiny issue with one app can determine whether or not I move to chromebooks 100%

    • Dragonbite

      Is Office Online sufficient?

      • jcc

        If Diego has the same issues as me, sadly not. MS web apps only support 5mb files, office 365 10mb in the browser (and in the UK its £6/month). Working on very large excel spreadsheets is a no go.

        • Dragonbite

          If really desperate, could install Crouton (?) and either run LibreOffice in the Ubuntu or MS Office via Wine on Ubuntu. Sounds like a lot of work, yes, but may work. Up to you if the benefits outweigh the work though…

        • view2share

          Whoa, that is one huge spreadsheet ! You can likely best to use the Windows or OS X or Linux is such a case. Of course Chrome OS devices are inexpensive and always good for a second or third device :)

    • Detro

      You can instead use the online MS office suite, if that is what turns you on… I am not a heavy office user – simple word/excell usage is more than enough and I am pretty happy with Google Docs right now.

  • Dragonbite

    Whenever I see these I think it would probably work to replace the family computer. Most of their time is spent online (except for a few occasions, and those can be duplicated online too) already and their friends can even log in with their accounts (only the elementary school doesn’t hand out Google Accounts for Education… yet)