New Google Chromebook for $ 249 with next generation ARM chip

Chrome OS has a new Chromebook with one unveiled yesterday by Google. The Mountain View company has developed in partnership with Samsung.

If the first Chromebook showed high tariffs, this time Google has made the price has dropped significantly, perhaps inspired by the success of the Nexus 7. With a $ 249 price, it could attract new users.

On the hardware side, exit the Intel x86 architecture, it is now the latest Samsung SoC that replaces it. This is the Exynos 5250 Dual 5 which is based on a dual-core processor ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. It is of course another great feature of this Chromebook makes a step towards mobility. Such a choice also allowed Google to lower the BOM ( Bill of materials ) netbook.

The processor is supported by 2 GB of RAM while it integrates 16GB of internal flash memory for storage. Buyers will also benefit from free on Google 100GB Drive.

Connectivity side, it supports WiFi a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 3.0. It has HDMI, USB 2.0 and even USB 3.0 and an SD memory card slot.

It preserves the format netbook with a screen of 11.6 inch display 1366 by 768 pixels. Attractive features for Chromebook clearly oriented towards mobility with a weight of only 1.1 kg and a thickness of 2 cm. Google announced a range of 6.5 hours.

It is now possible to order online in the United States (on Amazon, Best Buy, and TigerDirect Store Play) and the UK (on PCWorld). Wish it to be quickly offered in other European countries.

Google is number 1 on wages

We know wages in Silicon Valley are higher than elsewhere in the equivalent position, and this is particularly the case with regard to developers and engineers. According to various sources, we saw during our recent visit on site a good PHP developer in the Bay Area could easily qualify for an annual fee of approximately $ 100,000.

In fact the competition and a relative "shortage of labor" between Sans Francisco and San Jose did have a tendency to result in higher wages.

In this tense context (the lucky ones), it is still Google that is doing the best. According to a study by Glassdoor, a company specializing in the analysis of the labor market in the U.S., in Mountain View that engineers are better paid, with an average annual salary of 128,336 dollars. Facebook comes in second with 123,626, while Apple, yet sitting on a fabulous treasure of war, in third place with 114,413 dollars. eBay and Zinga close the quintet winner with 108,809 and 105,568 respectively dollars.

Wage increase of 2.5% compared to the previous year, which are well above the U.S. national average, valued at 92,648 dollars. And obviously well above wages in Europe, particularly in France, where the average salary of a PHP developer would lie rather between 30,000 and 50,000 euros, if we are to believe a recent case of JDN.

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