According to an iSuppli teardown, the device’s bill of materials comes to $322.12.
The motherboard is the most expensive part of Samsung’s Chromebook, at $86.37, or 26 percent of the total bill of materials. The motherboard includes a 2GB Double Data Rate 3 (DDR) SDRAM, as well as a dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for computing security from Infineon Technologies, which is most commonly found on enterprise-level computers, iSuppli said.
The second most-expensive component is the 12.1-inch, 1,280-by-800 display from Samsung, which costs $58, or 17.5 percent of the total.
The Samsung battery pack, meanwhile, is $48.20. The Chromebook packs a 7.4-bolt lithium ion polymer battery from Samsung SDI, which takes up nearly two-thirds of the Chromebook volume.
In the same price range is the 3G module from Hon Hai, which costs $42.85. ISuppli said Samsung cut down on costs by using an older Gobi 2000 baseband platform from Qualcomm.
Other components and their cost include:
- Mechanicals and enclosures (keyboard and touchpad assembly): $40.45
- 16GB solid state disk (SSD) for storage from SanDisk: $28
- Peripheral printed circuit board (with Wi-Fi and PC camera modules): $17.85
- Box contents (including AC power adapter and other accessories): $10.40
The report notes that the cost only covers hardware and does not factor in other expenses, like manufacturing software, licensing, and royalties.
Samsung Chromebook comes in two versions: Wi-Fi (which costs 429.00$) and 3G (which costs 499.00$) and with two flavors: Arctic White and Titan Silver.
Lets take a look in some of the Chromebook’s features. Many of these features has been already explained in our previous post – Google Chromebook goes into the market
Nothing but the Web
Samsung Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.
Thin & Light design – just 3.3 lbs.
Weighing in at 3.3 lbs and just 10.0m thick, the ultra compact design provides maximum portability without compromising on functionality and optimal performance.
Chromebooks boot in less than 10 seconds and resume instantly. Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe® Flash®. In fact, Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released.
SuperBright 12.1” LED display
The anti-reflective 12.1″ LED display has a mirror effect and produces the sharpest images with 300nlt brightness, which is up to 40% brighter than normal laptops. Get outstanding picture quality and text readability, even when you’re outdoors. Enjoy the web longer without straining your eyes.
Security built in
Chromebooks run the first operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot. Websites load quickly and smoothly and all your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud.
PowerPlus for a longer battery lifespan
Samsung’s intelligent battery charging technology enables the battery to keep 80% of its original capacity for up to 1,000 recharges – more than 3x longer than a typical battery. This makes our batteries more economical and environmentally friendly since fewer batteries need to be replaced over the lifecycle.
It’s easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi. As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favorite wireless network so you’re on the web right from the start.
Amazing web apps
Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you’re not connected. To try the latest apps, visit the Chrome Web Store or just type in a URL. You can easily create shortcuts on your new tab page to launch your favorite web applications, so that you can enhance your online experience. No CDs required.
Simplicity in Sync
Chromebooks keep your apps, documents, favorites and settings safely in the cloud. That means you can login to a friend’s Chomebook and access your profile without disturbing theirs. Or, if you lose or break your Chromebook you have nothing to worry about. Just get another and login, you will be back up and running in minutes like nothing happened.
Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself. Automatically. All of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Annoying update prompts not included.
Easy to use full-size keyboard
Make the most of the web by using a keyboard that’s designed for it. Your Chromebook comes equipped with a dedicated search key, a new row of web-enabled keys, and a comfortable, full-size layout that doesn’t cramp your fingers so you can get more done and make fewer errors.
Friends let friends log in
Chromebooks are easy to share with your family and friends. They can log in to experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps, and extensions, or use Guest Mode to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.