Chrome-featured smartbooks launching this month

The folks over at Digitimes are reporting that the next generation smartbooks that will feature the Google Chrome OS will be launched later this month, with Google planning to launch its own Chrome notebook, using a similar strategy to the Nexus One.

Google's Chrome notebook is expected to be manufactured by Inventec with initial shipments to reach 60,000-70,000 units. The Google Chrome notebook will feature an ARM-based platform and will not be selling through retail channels.

Acer and HP are then rumored to be launching Quanta-manufactured Chrome OS gear as early as December while ASUS waits to gauge market reaction.