Google & Gilt Teamed to Offer Early Limited Edition Chromebooks

Were you one of the many people who received an email from Google’s Chrome Team that, in part, said:

Our good friends over at Gilt, the premier invitation-only shopping site, have agreed to put these Chromebooks up for sale — but only for a very limited time.

This early availability Chromebook is a Samsung Chromebook Series 5 with 3G. Purchase includes a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Rickshaw. At $499 Gilt doesn’t seem to be offering any price break for early purchasers. The arctic-white devices have the specs listed below.

12.1″ (1280×800) Display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
Intel Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G
HD Webcam
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard
Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad

You may note that Chromebook specs do not discuss system memory and whatever on board flash storage it uses for temporary store as well any local apps in might have.

The Samsung Chromebook was sold out by the time I logged into Gilt. There is, however, a button to be placed on a wait list.