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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

YES 4G Samsung Chromebook Launch in Malaysia

Earlier today, YES - the fastest 4G mobile Internet with voice has unveiled the world's first 4G Samsung Chromebook at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. It's a Chromebook with collaboration of Yes, Samsung and Google and which also bringing the accessibility of the 1BestariNet project by FrogAsia. For those who have not heard about the 1BestariNet project, it's basically an education web for every student, teacher and parent in Malaysia. Combining high-speed 4G internet access, a world class learning platform and access to ‘best-in-class’ resources and technology, Malaysia is the first country in the world to bring its entire education community together on a single converged network designed specifically to meet the needs of teaching and learning.



I've stayed on for about half an hour to put my hands on the YES 4G Samsung Chromebook and asked a few questions to the YTL representative at the launch and I've written down some of my first impression on the Chromebook so do read on until the end.



There were speeches and keynotes by the representative from Samsung, Google, and YTL. As the launch gimmick, a delivery guy hand delivered the Chromebook in an envelope to the CEO of YTL Telecommunications, Mr Wing K. Lee.


Mr. Wing K. Lee unveiling the YES 4G Samsung Chromebook.

A group photo of the partners.
My first impression, it looks like the 11" Apple MacBook Air to me but slightly thicker. It's light, the plastic material obviously made it lighter than aluminium unibody. The keyboards are designed relatively for Chrome browsing experience and this is something very interesting especially for MacBook users who enjoyed having the quick switches on their keyboards and not needing them to hold on the the 'fn' key.

 

Doesn't it look familiar? Have you seen something like this at the Apple dealers?
Well this is 3 times cheaper!



Side profile of the YES 4G Samsung Chromebook. The design is clean and sleek as the ports are at the back. Not sure why the USB ports for this Chromebook is in different speed, one is USB 2.0 and the other one is USB 3.0. There's an SD flash card reader and HDMI port.



The top part of the Chromebook with the Google Chrome, Samsung and Yes logo on it.


I did a quick le crabe fps test on it and only managed to reach 121 crabs count where by my year 2011 Macbook Pro 13" can easily go up to 300 crabs count and still experiencing slight of lags when playing high graphic games.

Here's the product specifications:-
Built-in Yes 4G Internet connectivity of up to 20mbps
Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
11.6" (1366x768) display
0.7 inches thin, weighing 1.08 kg
Over 6.5 hours of battery life
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor
100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage (free for 2 years) with 16GB SSD
Bluetooth 3.0 Compatible


So did the Samsung Chromebook live up to their tagline,"For Everyone"? My answer would be, not quite yet. With the lack of internal disc space, some build issues, Insufficient power for HD or gaming, below average screen quality, low end webcam quality and incompatible with any Mac or Windows softwares. The bright side, it has awesome web browsing experience, the boot up time is amazingly fast (less than 8 seconds), it's light, the design is almost similar to Macbook Air (exclusively for Apple fan), the stereo speakers are loud unlike some of the netbook out there in the market and one thing for sure, it's ridiculously cheap too! They can easily kick 1Malaysia Netbook program away. Hahaha...

Last but not least, if you are interested to purchase this Chromebook, you can head over to the Yes4G & Chromebook roadshow this weekend at Mid Valley Megamall. You can get this Chromebook for only RM988 with a 2 years Yes contract plan, RM70 monthly commitment with 3.5GB unlimited data quota and advance payment of RM311 upon registration.

Recommended retail price for this Chromebook is RM1,299.

For more info about the YES 4G Samsung Chromebook, log on to the website below:-
http://www.yes.my/v3/personal/devices/samsung-4g-chromebook.do

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