Google’s (GOOG) new 11.6-inch Chromebook built by Samsung (005930) might finally be the notebook that helps it get Chrome OS off the ground. Initial stock of the $249 notebook sold out shortly after it was made available for purchase on the Google Play Store. The Chromebook has been generating buzz not only for its low price, but because Google chose an ARM processor – a CPU normally used for smartphones and tablets – to power it.
Google and Samsung claim the Chromebook can surf the Web via Wi-Fi and play 1080p HD videos for up to 6.5 hours on a single charge. A 3G model of the new Chromebook will also be available for $329.99 soon. Google didn’t reveal how many units it sold, but early indications suggest there is room for a $249 notebook that mainly runs a Web browser in a tablet and smartphone-dominated mobile world.