Google told us a while ago how Malaysia’s entire education system widely adapted its Chromebook built by Samsung. At the I/O conference, we also watched a short video showing cute little school kids with Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Since this device performs best with an always-on Internet connection, Malaysian carrier Yes 4G has decided to add WiMAX connectivity to Chromebook.
Yes 4G unveiled a modified Samsung Series 3 Chromebook with 4G internet capability with the same price as the 3G version in the United States. Simply called Samsung 4G Chromebook, this is expected to help transform the Malaysia’s education system. We could say this is the new generation of “one laptop per child.” The new Chromebook not only features an additional WiMAX radio but also comes with a Yes 4G branding on the lid. See the promo video of Samsung 4G Chromebook below.
The new model was launched in Kuala Lumpur with the presence of some Google and Samsung representatives. Android, Chrome and apps VP Sundar Pichai also virtually attended the event by sending in a video message.
Yes 4G is Malaysia’s fastest growing WiMAX network. As of today, they have 4,000 base stations covering about 85% of peninsula. The parent company of Yes 4G ‘YTL Communications” has ensured that its WiMAX network covers 7,000 local state schools. At the launching ceremony, they said that there are still 3,000 schools to be covered and they expect to do it within the next 6 months.
Engadget reported that the 4G network of Yes 4G had a constant internet connection of 15 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink. Now that’s pretty cool speed for children with a laptop like Chromebook that is best used with an Internet connection.
Samsung Series 3 Chromebook launched in the United States back in October 2012. There are still no words about whether a second generation of the much-acclaimed laptop is in the works. Now that it’s reaching a year since launch, we expect to see a second generation of Samsung Series 3 Chromebook popping up with some hardware improvement and no increased price point.
Would you like to see a 4G/LTE version also popping up this year? Let us know in the comments.